Joshua Daczewitz was a first-time inmate at a minimum-security prison when he tested positive for cocaine. Corrections officials transferred him to one of the state’s toughest prisons as punishment and put him in a cell with Corey Fox, a lifer in for murder, reports the Chicago Tribune. That turned out to be a fatal mistake. Fox ended up strangling Daczewitz in 2004.
One prison expert, after reviewing documents about the case provided by the Tribune, called for an independent probe into whether prison staffers should be disciplined for housing Fox and Daczewitz together. Charles Fasano of the John Howard Association, a prison watchdog group in Chicago, said prison officials also should re-examine their practice of transferring inmates from minimum- to maximum-security prisons for nonviolent rules violations. The Illinois Department of Corrections defended its safety record, saying only nine inmates have been killed in the last 12 years for a system that holds 45,500 offenders.