Nevada corrections officers honored for actions in prison melee

By Katelyn Newberg / Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 7, 2019 – 8:13 pm   Updated February 8, 2019 – 8:27 pm

Corrections officers Neal Bengil and Jose Miranda were new to the job when a prison dormitory turned into a scene of chaos the night of March 9.

The officers, along with three co-workers, were unarmed when they went to stop a fight that had broken out among 24 inmates at Southern Desert Correctional Center in Indian Springs.

It was the team’s bravery during the massive fight that earned the five officers awards from Corrections USA, a nonprofit group that represents government corrections officers, Chairman James Baiardi said before Wednesday night’s awards ceremony at Harrah’s.

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