Demand Improved Security in Prisons After Inmate was Reportedly Cut in Half

Nicholas Rodriguez Mugshot-by-Solano Prison

Target: Chairman of the Prison Industry Board, Jeffrey Beard

Goal: Improve prison security standards to cut back on violence in California prisons.

The body of an inmate at California’s Solano prison was reportedly found cut almost completely in two with his abdominal and chest organs removed after a riot broke out in May. According to Terry Thornton, of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the riot erupted due to a fight that started between two inmates and ended with 58 getting involved. According to reports, several inmates as well as a guard had to be hospitalized. Nearly 15 hours later, an inmate was noticed missing, and his body was reportedly found folded in half and stuffed in a garbage can.

Thornton told outlets that a weapon was recovered and the incident is being investigated as a homicide. The victim’s roommate, who was reportedly serving a life sentence for murder, is reportedly a suspect, but nobody has been charged yet.

As outlets such as Fox News have said, the newly-released reports raise questions about the prison’s security. “How was an inmate able to obtain a weapon sharp enough to dissect a body,” and “why did it take so long to uncover,Fox News asked.

It was reported that the autopsy of showed the victim had alcohol in his system, adding more questions to the case since inmates shouldn’t have access to weapons or alcohol. The prison guards should have to answer for these questions as they’re the ones in charge of overseeing and controlling inmate activity.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there have been 162 murders in the California prisons between 2001 and 2012. Clearly, implementing new policies to aid in preventing such high numbers of inmate murders will be necessary. Solano Prison is said to be a medium-security prison, but it obviously needs to be maximum-security.

Please urge the Prison Industry Board’s Chairman to take immediate action in developing new policies that will improve California prison safety standards.


Dear Jeffrey Beard,

Reports were released regarding the alleged murder of a Solano Prison inmate, who’s body was reportedly cut nearly in half and his organs removed. California prisons are considered to have the highest violent crimes, and after this gruesome murder, it’s time to implement new measures to make the environment safer for both inmates and the staff among them.

We urge you to adopt the same motivation and activism you’ve shown in the past regarding the suitability and safety of prisons and work to implement new measures that cut down on violent crimes in California prisons.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Solano California State Prison

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