Delaware County native Fatima Musa, 27, of Chester, has died as a result of an incident at George W. Hill Correctional Facility on Christmas, multiple sources have confirmed with yc.news. The 27-year-old was being held at the private prison as a result of a summary offense that led to a probation violation. She passed away at the hospital Monday, after spending several days on life-support.
Fatima was handed a vicious probation term for charges stemming from possession of marijuana and criminal mischief, according to court records. She pleaded guilty on Dec. 12, 2012 to several charges, all non-violent offenses. She was sentenced to a minimum of three months imprisonment followed by several years probation.
“This is a horrendous loss of life,” a source familiar with the situation said. “The prison has reached a point of no return. Nothing changed — except more is coming to light.”
When yc.news reached out to the facility, a female who identified as a security guard said the “only person” who would be able to speak about anything of this caliber is the warden, who left at 3 p.m. this afternoon for New Years Eve.
“That’s not a security issue, that’s an issue you have to talk to the warden’s office about,” the security center at George W. Hill said. “He left at 3:30 p.m.,” the guard noted before hanging up the phone.
The warden is expected to return after the holiday, according to sources close to the situation.
“What I failed in the past won’t determine my future,” Fatima wrote on Facebook on March 20, 2018. “It’s easy for me to say I’m not going back to jail while in jail — what matters now is I’m free and I’m [going to] do everything in my power to stay that way 💪🏾.”
She shouldn’t have been in jail for such a minor offense in the first place
“– High-Profile Criminal Defense Attorney A. Charles Peruto, Jr.
According to court dockets, Fatima was charged with summary trespassing on June 6, 2019 by the Pennsylvania State Police Gaming Enforcement. Shortly thereafter, according to court records, a probation violation detainer was lodged against her.
We previously reported five women were rushed to local hospitals on Christmas following a mass-overdose, with at least three others sent on Christmas Eve. Sources close to the investigation previously told yc.news the women overdosed on fentanyl, not heroin, as widely reported by local media outlets. However, the prison refused to provide any comment whatsoever to yc.news.
“This is exactly why the progressive movement is gaining so much momentum in this country,” high-profile criminal defense attorney A. Charles Peruto, Jr. told yc.news. “She shouldn’t have been in jail for such a minor offense in the first place, and if incarcerated, a citizen’s family has the right to expect they are safe.”
“Investigating how these drugs got into the prison should be highest priority!”
“One of the girls in the unit ran to find help,” a source with direct knowledge of the incident previously told yc.news under the condition of anonymity. “One of the inmates was completely unresponsive, without a pulse,” the source continued.
“She was crying for help but there were no guards around. They left an entire wing of the prison unsupervised, leaving the inmates forever scarred – they saw half-a-dozen women clenching for life before their eyes and couldn’t do a thing, or find help. If that isn’t cruel and unusual, I don’t know what is.”
“The guards froze when they saw her on the ground not responding,” the source divulged. “They didn’t know what to do.”
One guard stated: “’She’s not breathing – what do we do?’”
“I’m not gonna lie, I’m grateful to be employed again so understand my joy overrules the feeling I have right now,” the 27-year-old wrote on Facebook after landing a new job, noting patience is key.
“She could only be described as loving,” an individual close to the tragedy told yc.news. “She’d never hurt a fly — she never hurt a fly.”
Additionally, out of approximately six suicide attempts through the two-day period, at least one male inmate was found dead from an apparent suicide on Christmas Eve, but prison officials managed to keep the situation quiet until the story surfaced on yc.news.
At about 10:25 p.m. on Christmas, a female inmate found herself scouring Delaware County’s George W. Hill Correctional Facility for help after several female inmates were suffering what appeared to be an apparent overdose.
The merciless prison is owned by Community Education Centers, which was acquired by The GEO Group – a Florida-based company that specializes in privatized corrections, detention, and mental health treatment.
Sources told yc.news 69-year-old George Christopher Zoley – who owns the mega-corporation that purchased the prison, is expected to personally visit the grounds as soon as next week.
“George isn’t someone who visits the prison grounds unless there’s a ribbon cutting or something,” a second person stuck in the sticky situation revealed. “George is a powerful man — he won’t let some locals turn his prison into a circus slumber party.”
“From what I know, he wants to work with the new administration on what he can do make mends for the slop left behind from the local Republican patriarch — John Reilly, Jr.”
Reilly, a staunch Republican, stepped down in Nov. 2019 following a bombshell investigation released by The Philadelphia Inquirer, outlining a pattern of racism swept under the carpet behind the fortified prison walls.
The GEO Group did not respond to repeated requests for comment. The prison hung up when contacted by yc.news for the second time at 6 p.m. tonight.
Additional Reporting By: Brittany McGeever and Alexander Swanson.
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