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Three Pendleton Correctional Facility Officers Arrested for Beating Inmate

Steve Wagner


  • At Pendleton Correctional Facility, three officers have been charged with battery, false reporting and felony misconduct for the beating of an inmate.
  • Correctional facilities and jail staff still have a duty to their inmates to ensure the safety of those in their charge regardless of what crimes are committed that result in an individual being incarcerated.
  • There are many cases, similar to this, that attribute to negligence or abuse from prison guards or other inmates. Fortunately, our laws provide two means—criminal and civil—to protect and enforce an individual’s constitutional rights.
  • Wagner Reese attorneys understand the complexities of federal civil rights litigation and how to plead a case for victims. We are unstoppable at seeking out answers to demand that the responsible parties are held accountable.

Pendleton Officers Face Felony Charges For Beating Inmate

Three former officers at the Pendleton Correctional Facility have been arrested on felony charges and have been accused of beating an inmate February 24. The attack was captured by surveillance cameras and shows the handcuffed inmate was punched in the face, kneed in the chest and slammed aggressively into a holding cell wall. The prison officers did not know the surveillance cameras had been recently installed. The County Prosecutor has said the beating was supposedly in retaliation for the inmate spitting at the officers the day before.

The men arrested are Matthew Franklin, 29, of Daleville, and Zachary Graham, 30, of Pendleton. Both men are facing felony charges of Battery with Moderate Injury and Official Misconduct. Jonathan Reed, 29, of Anderson, was charged with Level 6 Felony Official Misconduct and misdemeanor False Reporting. It’s been reported that the inmate suffered injuries to several areas of his upper body, including a broken jaw. We will keep you updated on the status of this case, but we hope justice is reached for this inmate.

Civil Rights Violations: NOT a Thing of the Past

Unfortunately, we know all too well that this just isn’t some story. Human rights are often violated for those serving time in jail and prison. And it remains important to remember that regardless of what crimes are committed that result in an individual being incarcerated, State and Federal law requires that certain standards and rights be upheld in prisons and jails. When they are not, damages may be awarded to an inmate.

In Indiana there is statutory a cap on damages for negligence cases against government agencies or actors. The cap is currently $700,000. However, many police brutality (and jail death cases) involve violations of federal civil rights under 42 U.S.C. §1983. There is no cap on damages in federal civil rights cases, and attorney fees can be recovered from the defendant. Our attorneys understand the complexities of federal civil rights litigation and know how to plead a case, so your claim is not limited by the state tort claims cap.

Restoring Justice

Wagner Reese attorneys are the right choice to represent you in all prison negligence, wrongful death and other civil rights violation cases. We also understand that prisoners can be very vulnerable to those who care for them as they repay their debt to society, and we know all inmates have constitutional rights.

If you have a loved one who has been injured in jail or prison, we can help you to ensure they do not have to suffer. Talking to our experienced attorneys can be the beginning of finding justice. Call our jail and prison abuse lawyers at (888) 204-8440 for your FREE consultation or use our confidential contact form.


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