A 23-year-old young man from Muskegon has needlessly lost his life after MDOC failed to respond to his pleas for help and protection from a hostile cell-mate. These completely preventable murders happen frequently under MDOC's negligent administration, but in this rare instance others bravely spoke up and Detroit Metro Times broke the story. Shame on MDOC.
Inmates: Michigan prisoner killed by cellmate for being gay, guards ignored repeated pleas for help
By Violet Ikonomova
Inmates at a northern Michigan correctional facility where a prisoner was allegedly killed last week by his cellmate say prison staff ignored requests from the pair to be separated ahead of the killing. The issue between the two, the prisoner sources say, was the victim's sexual orientation, making the case the latest example of what advocacy organizations call a systemic failure to address the plight of LGBTQ people behind bars.
Read the full story in the Metro Times.