Nurse: Folsom Prison Attack Not A Surprise

FOLSOM, Calif. (CBS13) —A woman who worked as a nurse inside Folsom State Prison said the sexual assault of a nurse inside the facility is a symptom of a much larger problem.

Old Folsom Prison has been locked down since a woman was attacked Wednesday afternoon, and investigators have not identified any inmates who may have been responsible for the incident.

An insider who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution said staff is often in danger thanks to “the Folsom Way,” unwritten rules she said often leaves inmates in nurses’ care without officers and denies inmates some medical treatments.

“It was only a matter of time,” she said. “The problem with Old Folsom is not a secret. Everybody knows about it, all the employees talk about it.”

The insider said she her concerns were brushed off when she talked with supervisors. “In fact, you’re kind of labeled a troublemaker,” she said.

Folsom State Prison spokesperson Lt. Paul Baker said the investigation into the assault on the nurse is ongoing and will review the circumstances that led up to the incident.

“We’ll make those determinations and we’ll take action to remedy any problems with procedures and safety protocols,” Baker said.

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  1. Lock 'em down Girl says:

    I totally disagree with the above statement as I also work at Old Folsom and work with the medical staff and all levels at the prison. Of all the different groups that work at Folsom the medical staff is the least security minded of them all. Yes it was only a matter of time before one of their staff members was attacked as they tend to view the inmates as patients first, not the dangerous felons that they are. The officers that assigned to medical are usually busy escorted inmates and doing paperwork to make sure get to appointments. To state the incident happened because of the some “Old Folsom” way is ridiculous. To be in a room alone with an inmate due to patient confidentiality is just stupid.

    1. madjeeper says:

      Your damn right! My wife works there in the med staff and the Officers there always have my wife’s back and all the other staff too! So she is full of you know what!

    2. Wormwood says:

      This RN lied, she made the whole thing up. I work at the prison. The inmate she accussed paroled. She no longer works here.

  2. T Vang says:

    Inmates patients need no confidentiality, they are criminals. Free food, free room and board, free medical, heated room and cool air. Those stupid lazy punk just want all those luxury and we end up pay millions for them. If they still have the heart to attack a nurse there, K I L L that SOB.

  3. WisenCynical says:

    That lady is lucky to be alive..

  4. Mike says:

    I hope the nurse who was attacked is ok. As for the lady in the interview YOU ARE AN IDIOT!!!!!!!! If you are afraid of your job then go find a new one plenty of people would gladley take yours……

  5. Vickie Bass says:

    you know theres to many of the guards that work in our state facilities that as guilty as these cons. YOU OUGHT TO SEE THE RAPES REPORTED IN WEMONS PRISIONS IN CALIFORNIA BY CORRECTION GARDS. I FEEL FOR THIS LADY. THESE MEN DONT THINK THEY GOTTA PROTECT THERE LADY WORKERS. ITS ABOUT TIME THAT THE WORKERS LIKE NURSES HAVE GUARDS OUT SIDE ROOMS KEEPING EYES OPEN WATCHING . INSTEAD OF IGNORING THERE RESPONCABILITYS.YOUR NOT OVERING SEEING CHILDREN. ALOT HAS TO DO IF A MAN GAURD DONT LIKE A FEMALE WORKER . THEY DONT CARE

    1. Juror13 says:

      you write just like an inmate….your still just a number.

    2. Sue says:

      Wow I can hardly understand what you wrote. Learn to spell!! And go back to school. As a female nurse, not in a prison by choice, there should never be a female nurse in there and put in that position. Those people are not patients, they are disgusting animals and no women should ever work in a male prison period.

  6. Larry says:

    Vickie Bass you need to stop smoking what ever you are smoking, YOU ARE A Idiot!!

  7. Mike says:

    wow Vickie i wonder where you got your information???? Do you work for the Prisons or are you just talking out your a**??

  8. Michelle Dgaf says:

    i have a cousin that was released from flosom prison last week and the prison he says that lady was attacked by some black guys in there he said he knows this because there were 2 other attacks in the medical area last week and that there were many attemps before and nothing is ever done about it! now because of these attacks the mexicans n latino race is being singled out….the guards are making the latinos wear there boxers and tank tops and sandles to chow and to yard while the rest of the races all get to be fully dressed….and they are getting different food from all the others too….i personally feel that many guards abused there positions of athourity and need to be investigated themselves….i hope somebody hears this and actually does something about it …after all they still are people not just cons…. these people have familys that care for them just like anybody else …

    1. Alba says:

      Michelle,

      It seems to me you have been misinformed. If ur “cousin” was rls’d last week how does he know what happened on Wednesday? While the co’s making the hispanics go to chow clothed only in their boxers and shower shoes may be them flexing their power..it has nothing to do with the attack on the nurse. There has been more than 1 issue going on within the walls of FSP so please make sure you get ur information straight before trying to make this about “race”.

      1. Michelle Dgaf says:

        JUST LIKE THEY GOT KITES IN THERE ….WE CAN GET EM OUT HERE TOO EVEN IF THEY R ON LOCK DOWN STILL…… MY CUZIN STILL HAS CONTACT WIT INMATES SO MY INFORMATION IS RIGHT

    2. Carolina Cruz says:

      YOUR RIGHT…ITS NONSENSE HOW THEY TREAT THE LATINOS N MEXICANS….

  9. JustCause says:

    What prison doesn’t have problems? Look at the people staying there.

  10. cathazar says:

    Wow, a woman is raped, and so many of you have a complete lack of compassion. Really, you ought to be concentration camp guards, yourselves. The guards f**ked up. There’s no two ways around it.

    1. Michelle Dgaf says:

      WELL SAID …!

  11. AIG says:

    you guys are all idiots. it’s everyones fault apparently except for the real bad guy, who did the raping. here’s the truth. That nurse messed up, and the officers who were near messed up. Nurse should have never allowed to be totally out of reach by an officer, and officer should have been more diligent of who’s near, far, etc. For a FACT, free staff, ie, non-custody are the LEAST safety and security minded. ask anyone what i/p stands for. all officers call inmates just that, INMATES. ask medical staff what they call them. PATIENTS. see the difference in mentality? what happened should have never occured. and when working in that environment, one should NEVER forget where they are at, and WHO is surrounding them. period. blame is shared by all within vicinity.

  12. dcw says:

    I think AIG is the closest to the root of the problem. Medical staff tend to put their hippocratic oath above their personal safety. It is horrible what happened to this woman and obviously mistakes were made but when it comes down to it, the CO’s did not make this guy rape her, he made the CHOICE to do it. This is why they are behind bars and called convicts people!!! As for women not working in men’s prisons, that is ridiculous. It’s called remembered where you work and always keeping your guard up. Just because you are a woman does not mean you shouldn’t be able to protect yourself!!!! The illiterate person that called them “lady workers,” that is just insulting to any female and it is quite frightening to think that you have access to a computer. Maybe you need to go back to school and learn how to read and write. The CHUMP whose cousin was released last week is an idiot if they think information that is being passed on from inside is the gospel truth needs to get off the computer and go back to living her wanna be thug life. If you can’t read, spell, punctuate, use correct grammar or post a semi-intelligent comment, GET THE HELL OFF THE COMPUTER!!!

  13. FutureNURSE says:

    He made the choice to rape her goes without saying. The point is that this is a PRISON and guards that are paid to protect should be on their job at all times or be FIRED! As a correctional officer you should be able to forsee potentially dangerous situations and do what you needs to be done to prevent them. Assisting a nurse while she is providing care for an inmate should be POLICY not LUXURY. You do not play w/ peoples lives, and the bottom line is that if you are working somewhere and your life is not protected or respected you need to get the hell out of there and quickly! She could’ve have her guards up but let’s be serious, what chance of survival does a woman have against a male inmate with clear psychosis? I am sorry that this happened to her, I hope that she is able to recover mentally, spiritually & physically.

  14. The Grammar Police says:

    For Juror13, your still just a number? Really?? You’re, as in you are. Yes the spelling was atrocious, but please make sure your side of the street is clean.
    Confucious say, he who lives in glass house…

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