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On Feb. 22, City Desk reported that there had been six inmate-on-inmate stabbings at the D.C. Jail since November. We followed up to report that the Department of Corrections refused to offer their own statistics on the subject.
But the DOC still had to comply with At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson‘s request for data leading up to last week’s oversight hearing on DOC matters.
Mendelson had asked for an accounting of assaults at the D.C. Jail in a letter to DOC Director Devon Brown sent last fall. Brown finally responded on Feb. 22. Talk about accountability and transparency!
Brown sent along a spreadsheet listing assaults and the dates for assaults. The spreadsheet appears to have been hastily made. The assaults are not listed in chronological order nor are they very detailed. In some cases, it is difficult to tell whether an inmate was stabbed or not.
Here’s what we do know from the DOC’s stats:
*On August 2, 2009: an inmate was stabbed by another inmate in Southwest One.
*On August 15, 2009: An inmate was on his way back to his cell when another inmate passed by and began stabbing the other inmate multiple times until he fell and then began stomping him. The inmate who was being attacked pulled out a “hand-fashioned” knife in an attempt to defend himself.
*On Sept. 1, 2009: Two inmates chased down another inmate and stabbed him after leaving the visitor’s area.
*On Sept. 12, 2009: An inmate was stabbed in the chest, thigh, and calf.
*On Sept. 21, 2009: An inmate was stabbed in his cell “with a metal object.” The inmate’s stab wounds “were found to his right side, right chin area, right inner thumb, and right forearm.”
*On Oct. 10, 2009: It appears that four inmates were stabbed by one inmate in Southwest One.
The data ends in October. The DOC did not provide statistics for November, December, January, and February.
D.C. Police Assistant Chief Peter Newsham tells City Desk that detectives are investigating five stabbings.