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Venezuela: On September 22, 1995, police entered the Catia prison in Caracas to search for weapons and drugs when prisoners shot at them. In a five hour riot four prisoners were killed and 26 people injured, including a guard and a policeman. Hundreds of soldiers stormed the prison and regained control later that day. The prison was designed for 700 prisoners but houses 2,123.

WA: Kenneth Peterson, a Washington State Reformatory prisoner escaped from a Monroe hospital he had been taken to for treatment of a heart attack. Peterson was under a guard's supervision in a private room when he simply walked away in hospital pajamas on October 10, 1995. He was caught a few hours later, hiding in a restaurant dumpster in Monroe a mile from the hospital. Peterson had been serving a sentence of life without parole involving two homicides.

Mexico: On October 25, 1995, more than 1,000 soldiers and police stormed the Puebla state penitentiary to end an 11 day rebellion by prisoners demanding better conditions at the overcrowded prison.

WA: On September 19, 1995, Richard Stewart, a guard at the Snohomish County Jail, was stabbed with a sharpened metal pipe by detainee Kurt Angelone. Stewart suffered minor injuries in the attack. No reason was given for the assault. Angelone was scheduled to go on trial to face charges of child rape and molestation.

OH: Tracy Snyder, a former guard at the Lima Correctional Institution, was sentenced on October 15, 1995, to two years in prison for smuggling vodka and marijuana into the prison. Acting on a tip, prison investigators searched Snyder when she arrived at work and found 68 grams of marijuana and two 20 ounce pop bottles filled with vodka.

MI: In September, 1995, Larry Miller, a former guard at the Pontiac Corrections Facility pleaded no contest to third degree criminal sexual conduct after forcing a female prisoner to repeatedly have sex and perform other sex acts with him. Miller was sentenced to five to fifteen years imprisonment.

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