Part 2: Advocate, Ex-Prisoner Calls DE Jails A "Culture Of Corru - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Part 2: Advocate, Ex-Prisoner Calls DE Jails A "Culture Of Corruption"

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DOVER, Del. - Ken Abraham is the founder of Citizens for Criminal Justice, a non-profit pushing for change in the criminal justice system.

Abraham shows 47 ABC hundreds of letters from inmates. Some seek advice for trials.

Others with claims of abuse.

One letter penned reads that, "inmates are being physically abused and verbally abused" daily, including the use of pepper spray. Others mention the investigation into Ronald Shoup's death at SCI.

But Abraham's role is more than an advocate, he says he's lived through a beating at the hands of SCI officers.

"Two of them grabbed me by my shoulders, the chair didn't move, threw me up back over the chair, threw me down over the asphalt and kicked me four or five times," said Abraham.

The Dover man was arrested in 2007 and pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge. He says he stole money to fuel his cocaine addiction. He says he was only supposed to be behind bars for 18 months if he finished a treatment program. 

That never happened and now he's suing two officers for the incident he claims kept him locked up for five years.

"They do not want people talking about what they do," said Abraham. "It's a culture of corruption and cover up."

47 ABC reached out to the Department of Corrections sending several emails and voicemails since we first brought Shoup's death certificate to light. We wanted to know about the correctional officers and Quick Response Team and how they handle at-risk inmates.

Two weeks later, we received an email from staff, which reads, "I don't believe there is much we would be able to discuss, because our security-based policies and procedures are confidential."

Abraham has one case pending in U.S. District Court in Wilmington. His trial is scheduled to start May 27th.

 

Click here to read the first part of our series on prisoner abuse.

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