Violent felon attacked Green Bay prison workers

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  • Wisconsin's prisons averaged almost 250 assaults on staff in 2013 and '14, a state report shows
Updated 06:30 pm CDT Jun. 30, 2016 Originally published 06:10 pm CDT Jun. 30, 2016

ALLOUEZ - The inmate accused of stabbing and beating workers Wednesday at the Green Bay Correctional Institution is a convicted violent felon who was awaiting deportation to his home country, law enforcement sources said.

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Four people with knowledge of the situation identified the attacker as Francisco Flores-Rocha, 34.

State prison records show Flores-Rocha, a former Kenosha resident, was convicted by a jury of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in Kenosha County Circuit Court in 2004. Details on the homicide were not available Thursday evening.

Flores-Rocha is serving a sentence of 20 years in state prison and 10 years of extended supervision. Sources said he is awaiting deportation.

That could change as authorities in Brown County pursue charges related to Wednesday's attack. Sheriff's officials declined Thursday to discuss the investigation. District Attorney David Lasee could not be reached for comment.

Law enforcement sources said the attacker used a shank and part of a scissors to attack a doctor and another worker at the prison at Riverside Drive and State 172. A third prison worker was injured trying to help the other two workers.

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The three employees, who have not been identified, were treated at a local hospital and released. The attacker suffered minor cuts, but refused treatment.

The incident is the second time in the past year that multiple GBCI staffers have needed hospital treatment after an inmate attacked. Wisconsin's prisons averaged almost 250 assaults on staff in 2013 and '14, according to a report from the Department of Corrections. Those assaults resulted in 92 injuries.

Inmates attempted another 98 assaults during the two-year period.

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Those figures prompted state Sen. Dave Hansen this week to call on the state to better staff Wisconsin's prisons. He said the state has made some improvements in correction officers' wages in the past year, but still has work to do to reduce the number of hours of "forced overtime," and the number of staff who work it.

Department of Corrections spokesman Tristan Cook said the department is working to increase its recruitment and retention of corrections officers. That includes a wage increase announced in May.

"DOC is continuing to identify creative solutions to increase recruitment of staff," Cook said.

GBCI, which opened in 1898, has a staff of 379. About 256 of those are corrections officers. They supervise about 1,100 inmates, according to GBCI's 2014 annual report.

The number of inmates is almost 47 percent above GBCI's listed capacity of 749.

Inmates behind construction of correctional institution

An inmate attack injured three Green Bay Correctional Institution staff members Tuesday morning.

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Three GBCI staffers were injured in a Sept. 8 incident, two of whom required hospital treatment. Inmate James Luke, now at Waupun Correctional Facility, faces five felony and two misdemeanor charges in connection to the incident. He is scheduled for a July 11 hearing in Brown County Circuit Court.

Corrections Officer Denis O'Neill was honored by the state for saving the life of a prison psychologist who Luke attacked. O'Neill suffered a head injury when Luke struck him with a heavy object during the incident, and remains unable to return to work.

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Originally published 06:10 pm CDT Jun. 30, 2016 Updated 06:30 pm CDT Jun. 30, 2016
P Schneider
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Green Bay Press Gazette
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