Inmate fatally stabbed at troubled USVI prison

AP News
Posted: Jul 09, 2011 5:47 PM
Inmate fatally stabbed at troubled USVI prison

A 20-year-old inmate has been stabbed to death at a troubled prison in the U.S. Virgin Islands that federal officials are trying to take over because of security concerns.

Police say the killing happened during a fight between two prisoners Saturday at Golden Grove prison near St. Croix.

The stabbing comes nearly a month after 66 inmates were temporarily transferred to prisons on the U.S. mainland to help improve security.

U.S. officials are seeking receivership of the prison, accusing territorial authorities of ignoring court orders for 25 years to improve dangerous and deplorable conditions.

Warden Ira Phillips has declined to comment on Saturday's killing. The U.S. Justice Department also has not commented.