A nationwide lockdown of federal prisons started because of what happened at the United States Penitentiary in Beaumont on Monday.

The fight has alarmed people who have loved ones behind bars at the Beaumont prison.

But according to one mom, whose son is serving time at this same facility, the violence isn’t limited to prison gangs.

Although the reports in the above video mess up a few things (like comparing state prison population rising to federal, which is decreasing, and saying that Mrs. Maguire’s son was

in a “minimum” security facility when he was in a medium) it’s still good to see people advocating to get the information out there.

Shyer Maguire said her son, who was in the medium-security facility, was attacked and stabbed 13 times at the beginning of December.

This is no shock to anyone who has served time, at a facility that had a security level above minimum.

“He wrote that it’s like walking on a tightrope over a sea of bloody alligators,” Maguire said. “And he said it’s because they’re at war with the guards and at war with each other.”

He said violence is a reality of everyday life for inmates.

“I got a phone call from another inmate’s parent that said, ‘I thought you might want to be informed that your son was stabbed,'” said Shyer Maguire.

She got that call Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

“I had no idea whether he was dead or alive…” Maguire said. “So, Wednesday, I packed it up and started driving. I got to Beaumont on Thursday evening.”

She drove from Florida to Texas not knowing her son’s condition and she never had an official response.

“It was the guard gate who said, ‘Well, did you hear from the chaplain?’ And I said ‘no.’ And he said, ‘Oh, well then, he’s alive because if he’s dead, the chaplain calls you,’” Maguire said.

Violence is a known issue in prisons, but since 2001, the number of prison homicides skyrocketed from 39 to 120 in 2018, according to the Bureau of Justice statistics.

Could the increase in violence be attributed to the prison population growth? The prison policy initiative says no.

The net change in the prison population during that time was a 1 percent increase while the net change in prison deaths was a 44 percent increase.

And as the prison population increases, Maguire said we all have a stake in this because it’s your tax dollars that pay to house offenders.

“As taxpayers. We are all spending, on average $40,000 a year to incarcerate for each inmate…” Maguire said. “So, it’s pretty sad.”

Maguire has dedicated her life to advocating for prison reform. 

In a statement, the Federal Correctional Officers’ Union also called for action to ensure prisons are adequately staffed so they can better protect the inmates as well as the guards.

Congressman Randy Weber released a response Tuesday in wake of Monday’s deadly fight.

He said he is quote “deeply troubled” by the incident and notes that staffing shortages across the federal system are contributing to dangerous working conditions for correctional officers.

Source: 12newsnow