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BUNKER HILL, IN – The week of April 9th through April 13th, the Miami Correctional Facility PLUS (Purposeful Living Unit Serve) participants observed Victims’ Rights Week. This is a week that helps to celebrate the rights of victims and those that support victims. The PLUS offenders were tasked to create something meaningful to show the need of asking for forgiveness from their victims. “What forgiveness looks like to me” was the idea that helped form their project. The participants really took this assignment to heart and enjoyed completing it.

The participants wrote “forgiveness” cards to their victims. It was an opportunity to personally ask for forgiveness for their crimes. Also, they created cards for general forgiveness realizing the importance of the impact that is not seen on the surface. When asked, they explained that even though they may not have a specific victim in their case they know others were hurt. Family and friends were negatively affected also by their crimes. This project took strength and introspection.

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BUNKER HILL, IN – Investigation and Intelligence Officer Matthew Bishir graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy 13th Tier II Class on March 16, 2018. Tier II is an 8-week condensed class for participates to have periodic arrest powers. This will be utilized at Miami Correctional Facility when trafficking situations occur or felonies are committed on Indiana Department of Corrections grounds.

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Bunker Hill, IN – Staff at the Miami Correctional Facility arrested a visitor with attempting to traffic drugs into the facility on Sunday, March 18th.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s office, Correctional Police Officer T. Dice was assisting DOC Investigator C. Klepinger with an ongoing case on Sunday morning. The investigators had received information that Tracy Ellis, 44 of Kokomo, was bringing narcotics into the facility with the intent to deliver them to her husband who is an inmate.

According to the report, Officer Dice and Investigator Klepinger entered the visitation room at approximately 9:30 a.m. They ended Ms. Ellis’ visit, escorting her to an office for questioning. Her husband was escorted to a secure area and searched.

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Indianapolis – According to the Indiana Department of Correction’s Facebook page, there is a new Warden at Miami Correctional Facility.

Effective immediately, William “Bill” Hyatte will assume the duties of Warden of Miami Correctional Facility.

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Bunker Hill, IN  – On February 6, 2018, Pastor William Bumphus visited offenders at Miami Correctional Facility to deliver a powerful and inspirational message to them. There were approximately 50 offenders that attended this special event. “He told the group he spoke to that God loved them and that God has a plan for their life. It is such an inspiration to have him come to the facility and relate to the offender population,” said Recreation Coordinator Scott Kenworthy.

At the age of 17, he stole cars, burglaries, and drank daily. He was arrested and sentenced as an adult to Prison in Indiana. After his release, his life became worse as he got hooked on mainlining heroin and cocaine. He was arrested 23 times and served time before his criminal life ended. He didn't believe in Jesus and definitely did not believe the Bible.

Arrest photo of Danyelle L. Gambert, 22 of Lawrence, IN

BUNKER HILL, IN– Executive Director and Interim Warden William K. Wilson confirms a female visitor was arrested at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) on Thursday, February 8th, 2018, for attempting to traffic with an offender and multiple drug-related offenses.

Peru Indiana Today originally reported this arrest on February 13, 2018.  You can read our article by clicking HERE.

Arrest photo of Danyelle L. Gambert, 22 of Lawrence, IN

Bunker Hill, IN – A Lawrence, Indiana woman was arrested last Thursday attempting to smuggle drugs into the Miami Correctional Facility during a prison visit with an inmate. Danyelle L. Gambert, 22 of Lawrence, IN was arrested on February 8, 2018, at the Facility by Lorna Harbaugh, an IDOC Police Officer.

According to a Probable Cause Affidavit filed with the Miami County Prosecutor’s Office, IDOC staff received intelligence stating that Ms. Gambert would have drugs in her possession during an upcoming visit with an offender incarcerated at Miami Correctional Facility. The Prosecutor’s Office withheld the name of the Offender Ms. Gambert planned to visit.

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Bunker Hill, IN (January 19, 2018) – The American Red Cross recently set up a mobile blood drive at Miami Correctional Facility (MCF) which allowed for staff to donate blood. A total of thirty-nine staff members donated over the 2-day blood drive.

Executive Director and MCF Interim Warden William Wilson showed his support for this worthy cause by participating in the blood drive as well. “Thank you to all the staff that took the time to donate. The willingness of staff to make this contribution in hopes of making a difference in the lives of others is remarkable.”