Ionia Prison: 4 Guards Attacked

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

IONIA - Four guards are hospitalized and one remains in serious condition after being assaulted by two inmates at a Michigan prison in Ionia. Michigan Department of Corrections spokesperson John Cordell says that the incident happened Wednesday night some time between 6 and 7 o'clock. Two prisoners at the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia were returning from a detail, when they attacked to corrections officers. Cordell did not know what prompted the attack.
After beating the guards, the two prisoners fled to a different floor of the building. Two more guards told the inmates to stop. Cordell said one of the prisoners laid down, but the other took a "fighting stance." The two guards attempted to subdue that inmate. That's when the second inmate got up and attacked a guard, beating him about the head. Other guards were then able to bring the situation under control.
The four guards were taken to the hospital. Three were released, but a fourth has serious head injuries and remains hospitalized. The two prisoners were transferred to the Ionia Maximum Correctional facility. The Michigan State Police is investigating the attacks.


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  • by ona Location: michigan on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:17 AM
    my dad is at this prison... this is really sad i feel bad fo the fourth gaurd, I wonder what made them want to beat the gaurds
  • by Corrections Officer Location: Michigan on Feb 16, 2011 at 09:42 AM
    It is a sad day when people believe that a Officer deserves to get hurt bad in the line of duty....no one "deserves" to get hurt especially while carrying out their duties. As far as the belief that Officers use their power to make prisoners lives hell, no their lives are already hell because they made choices that set them on the path to prison time. While they are in prison they are required to abide by the rules put in place bu the Department of Corrections, sadly most prisoners feel the rules are to hard to follow or to much like punishment. Unfortunately that isn't for them to decide. Saying that Officers carrying out rules and regulations that they are required to is being "mean" to the prisoners is just funny, how would you feel if that was your kid who was molested or your wife who was raped and left for dead, or robbed at gun point. Think about that before you decide to say things like "they deserved to get hurt" and think its a fair comment!! get well partner..
  • by corrections officer Location: alger on Jan 26, 2011 at 09:38 PM
    no one deserves to be beat down. you make your own choices in this world, no one chooses for you. Some choose to be on the better of society and some don't.
  • by Corrections Officer Location: Ionia on Jan 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM
    To "Stuff Happens" those inmates that attacted the Officers were what they call OTP's. Refused their meds and left the med lines and decided just take out some officers for the fun of it. They were not provoked just prisoners being prisoners. You say you knew the Officers involved? That is a lie. They are very professional and good Officers. I work with them everyday and and some I have worked with for years, and am glad to have them working by my side.
  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Jan 23, 2011 at 02:56 AM
    Yeah Stuff Happens, it must be because the CO's were abusing their authority that they were attacked. I was a CO for almost 10 years, and I was always fair and level-headed in my dealings with inmates as I wanted to treat people the way I would like to be treated in return. I was also assaulted a few times. Was it because I was abusing my authority? No. It's because I was attempting to enforce rules and policy on a bunch of inmates that are mostly under-educated, chemically imbalanced, overly manipulative, and entirely self-serving. I find it shameful that you find them being attacked as "funny."
  • by Corrections Officer Location: USA on Jan 21, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    There exist very few corrections officers who treat inmates as human. Supervisors usually start as officers and carry that power trip attitude with them. To be an officer who sees prisoners as at least human beings are usually forced out by their peers for carrying the attitude we call "hug a thug" because we see them as human. We are all one step away from being inmates whether you want to believe it or not. Conspiracy only takes the belief of an investigator stating you had knowledge of an event and you are behind bars or how about DUI? It doesn't take much. You have to give respect in your environment to gain respect. I have gotten inmates to do things by always remembering they are human beings first. No one "deserves" to be assaulted but you reap what you sow. You treat an inmate like a "monster" they will lash out.
  • by Sparty Location: West Michigan on Jan 21, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    Hey Stuff Happens - try learning to spell. You sure sound swell. Well, at least according to your self proclamation. One wrong doesn't deserve another. If there are issues with behavior by officers they should be addressed but this type of behavior is never justified.
  • by Jake Location: Lansing on Jan 20, 2011 at 07:21 PM
    I have known the DOC spokeperson and how they like to take a serious situation and make it into something simple. What ever Cordell is saying, its a hundred times worse. Its just a matter of time before the DOC is reporting a death of a Officer and there wont be no spin on that.
  • by Sans on Jan 20, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Think we need to hire more guards and reopen some of our prisons. Closing them and laying off people puts others still on the job in danger.
  • by Jim Location: Lansing on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    Somebody explain to me why these guards deserve a pay and benefit cut.
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