Correction guards: Be wary of prisoners
CARSON CITY (AP) – Guards at the Nevada State Prison have left about 1,000 leaflets at surrounding homes, warning that the Carson City facility poses a threat to the community.
The action reflects ongoing problems between prison management and staff that began early this year. More than 100 employees rallied outside the prison gate in April.
“As correctional officers … it is our obligation to inform you, the public, that we feel that we can no longer assure your safety,” the leaflet reads.
“In order to guarantee your safety, it is essential that management and officers communicate effectively and efficiently. Currently, that is not happening, and as a result, a very dangerous situation exists.”
Warden Bill Donat declined to comment. But Fritz Schlottman, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, said neighbors need not worry.
“The statements made by the flier don’t jive with the facts,” he told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Tensions between staff and management have grown since Glen Whorton was appointed corrections director and Donat was selected warden last year.
The new administration has eliminated some programs designed to help inmates, and made changes that affected guards without consulting them, said Dennis Mallory of the State of Nevada Employees Association, which represents the guards.
“It’s heavy-handed management,” Mallory said.
The guards’ flier mentions more dangerous inmates being moved in, and a May fight that left an inmate injured and the prison locked down for a week.
“This could be a sign of things to come,’ the flier reads.
Some neighbors who received the handouts said they didn’t believe there was a threat.
“At first I thought it was like a joke,” Samantha Dewaide said. “And then I wondered why there was such a security risk there because there were so many guards.”