Lawsuit filed over prison understaffing after inmate stabbed 17 times
Robert Morgan wrote a letter to officials pleading for help months before being attacked.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Kentucky inmate who said he was stabbed 17 times in his cell by another inmate blames the attack on not enough corrections officers.
The lawsuit filed Monday claims the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange is dangerously understaffed.
Inmate Robert Morgan was attacked on Sept. 11, 2016.
“Robert Morgan was chased from the recreation yard up to where his cell was,” said his attorney, Aaron Bentley. “Robert was stabbed 17 times.”
The attack came just months after Morgan wrote a detailed letter to Gov. Matt Bevin and then-Kentucky Corrections Commissioner Rodney Ballard, alerting them of the dangers and illegal activities happening inside KSR.
"They just fight right in front of the cameras and get away with it,” Morgan wrote in the letter. "The prisons are getting more violent every day."
Morgan even asked for help but claims he never received it.
“The problem is that Kentucky State Reformatory is so understaffed that they cannot control the entire prison population,” Bentley said.
Morgan isn't alone.
Fellow inmate Leonard Andrew was also attacked and lost consciousness in the recreation yard, where he was left for several minutes until a worker noticed him. Pictures show a shoe imprint on Andrew’s forehead after an inmate stomped on his head.
“They were viciously assaulted, and there was no one there to protect them,” Bentley said.
Both men are represented by Bentley.
In addition to monetary damages, the suit is also seeking more corrections officers.
“It's not just that people like my clients are in danger," Bentley said. "The guards are in danger. No one should have to work in this environment or live in this environment."
Andrew is still serving time for wanton endangerment at the Kentucky State Reformatory. Morgan has been moved to another facility to finish out his sentence for a drug related burglary.
An official with the Kentucky State Reformatory said it does not comment on pending litigation.
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