MARQUETTE, MI – Michigan State Police are investigating a pair of stab wounds that occurred last week at Marquette Branch Jail. According to WLUC 6, both stab wounds involved inmates attacking prison staff and both attacks resulted in the staff member needing treatment in a hospital.
On Wednesday, a male counselor was slightly injured after being assaulted by an inmate who was in fact in his cell.
“The prisoner reached out through the bars of the cell and attempted to stab the prison counselor,” said Chris Gautz, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Who attacked a few days after a female guard was stabbed and beaten by an inmate as she released the prisoners into the courtyard. During this incident, the guard was able to defend herself until other officers could respond and overpower the prisoner.
Gautz said the MDOC is concerned about what these attacks mean to staff and understands that staff should not have to expect these kinds of attacks from inmates.
“We understand trauma a lot better now as a department,” Gautz said. “It’s not just about ‘Go back to your shift.’ We understand that it can take a toll, and it can take weeks or months. We want to make sure that staff have everything they need to feel comfortable and safe in this environment.
Both incidents will be investigated and the findings released for consideration of possible charges against the prisoners.