A federal prisoner died Monday in an incident with another inmate at a high-security prison in Colorado, marking the third inmate’s death at a federal prison in the United States in the previous month.
The Bureau of Prisons said Jamarr Thompson, 33, was declared dead at USP Florence on Monday afternoon, shortly after prison staff members reacted to the altercation. Thompson’s death was the most recent security concern for the federal prison system, beset by chronic violence, major misconduct, and personnel shortages. His death also comes when Democrats in Congress are putting increasing pressure on the Justice Department to change.
A 61-year-old man died last month at USP Tucson in Arizona following an incident.
A 32-year-old man was slain last week at USP Canaan in Waymart, Pennsylvania, following a confrontation with another prisoner.
Around 2:30 p.m., staff members were asked to react to an argument between Thompson and another inmate and “promptly commenced life-saving procedures,” according to the Bureau of Prisons. Still, Thompson was declared dead by emergency medical personnel.
Officials say the other inmate engaged in the altercation was treated for minor injuries.
Thompson has been incarcerated at the jail — which houses over 700 male offenders — since March, serving a term of more than five years for attempted bank robbery.
Several federal prisons are housed in Florence’s prison complex, including the so-called supermax, which holds some of the country’s most infamous inmates. Senator Dick Durbin, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to replace Director of the Bureau of Prisons Michael Carvajal, claiming that he has failed to handle the agency’s numerous issues appropriately. Durbin, D-Ill., reaffirmed his call for Carvajal’s dismissal last week, citing a slew of recent violent incidents within the federal prison system, including an attack in November at FCI Fort Dix, a low-security prison in Burlington County, N.J., run by the same warden who was in charge of a Manhattan federal jail when financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself.
In the incident, one inmate was stabbed in the eyeball.