Crime

Family sues Prison Bureau

The family of a 22-year-old guard killed at a Central California prison sued the Bureau of Prisons on Tuesday claiming poor management of the facility created dangerous conditions.

The lawyer for the family of Jose Rivera also disclosed a U.S. Department of Justice report that said the U.S. Penitentiary Atwater had lax discipline, trouble luring employees and management that ignored warnings of potential violence and weaponry. "It's a clear indictment of how totally messed up the Bureau of Prisons is," said attorney Mark Peacock after filing the wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Fresno.

A prison spokeswoman declined to comment directly on the report, dated April 2009, because she said it's part of an internal investigation.

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