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Wisconsin warden and 8 staff members charged following probes into inmate deaths

MADISON, Wis. - Guards at Wisconsin's oldest maximum-security prison failed to provide basic care for inmates who died on their watch, including one who died of dehydration and another who wasn't found for at least 12 hours after he died of a stroke, authorities said Wednesday in announcing charges against the warden and eight members of his staff.

Waupun Correctional Institution's warden, Randall Hepp, is charged with misconduct in public office. The other eight face charges of felony inmate abuse. Three of them are also charged with misconduct.

''We are operating the oldest prison in the state of Wisconsin in a dangerous and reckless manner,'' Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt, who led the investigation, said at a news conference announcing the charges.


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