I thank the Miami Herald and advocates who have been bringing to the public’s attention the issue of prisoners dying at the hands of corrections officers. The most recent story, Deaths, turmoil at troubled women’s prison, was about Latandra Ellington being found dead after reporting to her family that she feared a guard was going to kill her.
There are two sides to every story, and a corrections officer’s job is not easy, but where is the governor, the attorney general and local law enforcement? Is this most recent case going to be investigated as a homicide? Going to prison should not have to equal a death sentence at the hands of corrupt and abusive guards. Guards who are doing their jobs right should be commended, and guards who are not, should be arrested.
Olga Golik, Miami