This is noteworthy because for every 1,000 such incidents, maybe 1 of them results in criminal charges! See many related articles on prison abuse.

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A former correctional officer at Hampton Roads Regional Jail was indicted Thursday on charges he choked an inmate unconscious and injured his arm. Dale Barnes, 59, faces one count each of strangulation and malicious wounding. If convicted, he could receive up to 25 years in prison.

The indictment comes in the wake of a critical U.S. Justice Department report that concluded the jail’s treatment of inmates amounted to cruel and unusual punishment. It also comes two weeks after a current guard at the jail pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault on an inmate.

In an interview at the jail, inmate Skyler Peacock said Barnes attacked him Jan. 9 as he tried to get some pills from a nurse. Peacock, 24, of Portsmouth, said Barnes lunged towards him at the top of some stairs and choked him until he was unconscious. When he came to, Peacock was unable to move his arm.

Barnes resigned about a week later.

Peacock — who was born without part of his brain and suffers from multiple mental health issues — filed a misdemeanor assault charge in November with the help of a magistrate. Prosecutors later reviewed a video of the incident and decided to drop the misdemeanor and pursue felonies, according to Peacock.

In a 43-page report released last month, the Justice Department said the regional jail was likely violating its inmates’ civil rights. It detailed more than 30 cases where inmates were poorly and sometimes fatally mistreated.

Among other things, the report found the jail failed to provide adequate medical and mental healthcare and failed to employ enough medical staff. It also took issue with the jail’s policy of using prolonged restrictive housing — isolation.

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