Federal Prison System Locked Down After Two Inmates Killed

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    The Facts

    • All US federal prisons have been locked down after two inmates were killed in an altercation in the Beaumont penitentiary in Texas late Monday night.

    • Two other inmates were hospitalized. No staff were injured.

    The Spin

    Right narrative

    The whole US justice system needs systemic reforms. Powerful gangs inflict violence on enemies and their associates undeterred, while prisons are beset with abuse and corruption that allow killings like this to occur.

    Left narrative

    While corruption is an issue, the bigger problems are staff shortages and lax prison security, which have enabled not only violence but also a worrying number of recent prisoner escapes.

    Political split



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