— A state senator says some radios didn't work at
Green Bay's maximum security prison the day a
corrections officer was attacked.
Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, is requesting an
independent review of problems at the Green Bay
Correctional Institution in Allouez.
is my understanding that corrections officers may not
hear radio calls up to 50 percent of the time,"
letter to state Corrections Secretary Jon Litscher,
Hansen is also calling for immediate purchase of
equipment to improve employees' safety, such as
working radios and "blind-spot mirrors."
say officer John McKee suffered second- and
third-degree burns over 40 percent of his body when an
inmate attacked him with a five-gallon pot of boiling
water July 18. A fundraising website for McKee's
family says he is being treated in a burn unit in a
Milwaukee hospital and will need extensive skin
prison remains on lockdown, and the attack is being
investigated. State officials say measures they've
taken to improve staffing levels at the prison are
having a positive effect.
Litscher has made the safety and security of staff,
inmates and visitors in DOC facilities his top
priority," spokesman Tristan Cook said in an
officials say the inmate accused in the attack was
transferred to Columbia Correctional Institution in
Portage shortly after the assault.
Department of Corrections says that state prisons
averaged nearly 250 assaults on staff in 2014 and
2014. More than 90 of them resulted in injuries.