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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Three days after 30-year-old Joshua Ward was beaten by several inmates, a former jailer says he saw similar violence first-hand.

“I have seen many cases where inmates will assault another inmate,” Marcus Hubbard said.

Tuesday afternoon, three men pulled a sleeping Ward from his bunk and started beating him. Hubbard says one of the men accused in the beating has a history of violence toward other inmates.

“Nothing ever really happened to Twasjay Brown,” Hubbard said. “It’s like a slap on the wrist. Don’t do it no more.”

Hubbard says such random acts of violence were a normal thing when he was working in the jail as they are often times overlooked.

“The aggressor goes unpunished at the jail,” Hubbard said. “I was told it’s up to the victim to file charges, but then that victim has to go back living with the aggressor.”

Hubbard was hired as a jailer in December 2011. He says he observed other jailers being lax on the job, not checking cells and at times allowing inmates to break the rules.

“Elizabethtown is a small town,” he said. “They know the jailers, and sometimes the jailers are more easy when dealing with those people, because they know their mother, their father, their sisters and brothers.”

Hubbard has kept numerous papers for his records, which he says are reports of inmate violence that he filed with his supervisor. He says when he would file a report, Chief Deputy Herman Dunn would say he was conducting an internal investigation, but Hubbard says Dunn can’t be trusted.

“Chief Deputy Herman Dunn has a tendency to keep valuable information from the sheriff,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard says he feels his complaints of inmate violence and jailers not doing their jobs continued to fall on deaf ears. He resigned in June of last year.

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  • likeyoucare

    Its funny how this current Sheriff is having the same problem as the old Sheriff with the Jail. Every year the Grand Jury takes a tour of the jail to inspect it. The citizes of Bladen County get to look at the quality of the jail and suggesst improvements or if its unsafe or should be SHUT DOWN. The County Commisioners are told of these findings and for years and have done nothing about it. Both Sheriff’s have asked and asked and asked for years for a new jail. The County Commissioners have denied it everytime. The county offices esp the sheriff’s office are not getting approved for new positions to keep up with soceity’s changes and growth. These people are having to work with whats been given to them, which is nothing. You have the 4th largest county in the state, and on an average of 3-4 deputies patroling it. Thats an open invitation to criminals to come to our county and sell there drugs, break into our homes, and rob our families at smallest freaking wal-mat in the state. One of your main problems with Bladen County Jail is that its small,old, out dated. You cant seperate Violent criminals from people who have missed a court date like Ward. There is mostly only 3 jailers working at a time. Definately not enough people to be looking over 100 people at times.But your Commisioners and county Manager say… we dont need a new jail… you dont need more man power… we dont have gangs in Bladen….. we dont have a drug problem in Bladen….we sorry county employee’s havent had a cost of living raise in 8 years…. But yet give them self raises, and buy them new things. The citizens of Bladen County need to stand up and voice there opinion and not give up untill there is change!!

  • Guest 2012

    County Commissioners, why aren’t all of you in the middle of this situation? You are the supervising authority of the county departments.

    County Manager, have you invited the SBI into this matter?

    Sheriff, do you really think that your agency can do an unbiased investigation? Really!

    State Bar Disciplinary Board, have you guys been notified of a possible failure of a lawyer not doing his job?

    Lawyers, do you give your clients an emergency number so that you can be reached when you are needed the most? Not much like this happens during your office hours. Crisises like this happen after you have gone from your office. Maybe an answering service so that calls can be screened. You are like doctors. You are needed when crises happen, not at your convenience.

  • Fed up in BC

    Finally someone with enough guts to tell us just exactly how they run things over there…As if we didnt know already!

  • Finally….

    Go Mr. Hubbard. I worked there for 14 years as a dayshift supervisor and I saw many things as you have. I share your concerns. I also believe my concerns fell on deaf ears. I hope the family of this recent assaulted inmate takes the appropriate action to expose the corruption at Bladen County Jail. There were other inmates that have been beaten and sexually assaulted due to improper placement in the cells with known violent criminals.

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