Kentucky State Penitentiary http://wkyufm.org en Yonts Says Legislature Will Review Death of Kentucky Prisoner http://wkyufm.org/post/yonts-says-legislature-will-review-death-kentucky-prisoner <p>The starvation death of a prisoner at the Kentucky State Penitentiary is now raising questions from at least one state legislator.&nbsp; Greenville State Rep. Brent Yonts says he will hold hearings later this year on the circumstances surrounding the death of 57-year-old James Kenneth Embry in January.<br /><br />“According to the paper reports, this guy missed 35 of 36 meals – refused to eat or turned them down,” Yonts told WKU Public Radio.&nbsp; “Well, that’s a dead giveaway that there’s a problem there.&nbsp; And particularly when he also had lost – I think the paper said about 30 pounds – or at least lost a good deal of weight.”<br /><br />The Associated Press <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-exclusive-kentucky-inmate-starves-death-0" target="_blank">broke the story </a>earlier this week about the hunger-strike death. The report says Embry had been dealing with mental health issues for much of last year. The AP reports the prison’s lead doctor has since been fired; a contract nurse was banned from the facility and two medical professionals were placed on leave.<br /><br />“It’s a concern to me as a legislator serving on the committees that have jurisdiction over corrections.&nbsp; It’s a concern to me as a citizen that we are not taking better care of inmates when we are required by law in the constitution to do so, ” said Yonts. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:31:58 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 47090 at http://wkyufm.org Yonts Says Legislature Will Review Death of Kentucky Prisoner Warden Stepping Down at Kentucky State Penitentiary http://wkyufm.org/post/warden-stepping-down-kentucky-state-penitentiary <p>The&nbsp; man who has led&nbsp; the Kentucky State Penitentiary for the past two and a half years is leaving his post at the end of the week. This will be the second time Philip W. Parker&nbsp; has retired from the position. Wed, 30 May 2012 16:37:47 +0000 Dan Modlin 13214 at http://wkyufm.org