CJR Staff
July 15, 2023

Convicted former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar stabbed in prison

USA Gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing Olympic and college female athletes and gymnasts, got a dose of justice this week.

Nassar was stabbed multiple times by another prisoner, according to reports.

The prison in Florida where Nassar is serving his sentence is experiencing staffing shortages.

Prison Justice

The attack on Nassar happened Sunday, and by Monday, Nassar was in stable condition.

Reports state that Nassar was stabbed multiple times in the back and chest.

Two officers guarding Nassar's unit said they were working mandated overtime shifts because of recent staffing shortages.

According to the Associated Press, the information came from people who said they are not authorized to discuss the details of Nassar's attack, and they agreed to share details on the condition of anonymity.

Nassar is currently serving lengthy prison sentences after being found guilty in both state and federal courts. He confessed to sexually assaulting athletes during his employment at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, an organization that trains Olympic athletes.

Additionally, Nassar pleaded guilty to a separate charge of possessing child sexual abuse material.

"An Associated Press investigation in 2021 revealed nearly one third of federal correctional officer positions were vacant nationwide, forcing prisons to use cooks, teachers, nurses and other workers to guard inmates. The staffing shortages have hampered the response to emergencies at other prisons, including suicides," according to Yahoo News.

"Other AP investigations have revealed sexual abuse and criminal conduct, among other problems, at the Bureau of Prisons — the Justice Department’s largest agency, with more than 30,000 employees, 158,000 inmates and an annual budget of about $8 billion," reported Yahoo News.

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