Maricopa County Paying $10K to Burglar Who Alleged Jail Guards Stood by During Beating

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Another day, another payout by taxpayers for a screw-up in the Maricopa County Jail.

The county has paid millions to victims of jail staff over the years, but the problem seems never-ending.

In this case, a career burglar who ordinarily wouldn't deserve a dime from taxpayers is receiving a $10,000 settlement after he accused jail detention officers of failing to help while he was being beat up by another inmate.

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The rap sheet of Gabriel Canales Corral, if printed out, would serve as a paperweight. He's got multiple felony convictions going back to the year 2000, mostly for burglary and theft. In 2012, he was in jail awaiting trial on yet another burglary charge. His "cellie," unfortunately for him, was a much bigger guy who had a low tolerance for bathroom noises. On October 27 of 2012, the larger inmate became seriously annoyed by Corral and attacked him, according to Corral.

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Gabriel Canales Corral, career burglar, is receiving $10,000 from the county in a lawsuit settlement.
Corral reported the assault on an intercom to a guard who laughed at him, he says. The larger inmate then told another guard who showed up that the jail staff had five seconds to take Corral out of the cell. He then counted down from five and started pummeling Corral. The second guard, meanwhile, simply walked down a flight of stairs, ignoring the cell fight.

Corral claims he was beaten "bloody." A jail report indicates that Corral was left with a chipped tooth, bloody nose, scratches and bruises. The report also indicates that Corral didn't start the fight. The burglar sued, and now complains that he has headaches and other lingering ailments from his beating.

The guards denied ignoring anything, saying they responded to the altercation when they heard about it.

The county risk manger, Pauline Hecker, made the decision to pay Corral, says county spokeswoman Cari Gerchick. The county has no comment on the $10,000 settlement, she adds. We left a message with Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office, but haven't heard back.

Jail guards have been in trouble before for ignoring the cries of inmates. In 2012, the county agreed to pay $3.25 million to a diabetic woman whose complaints went unheeded until she slipped into a fatal coma.

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38 comments
serpico1000
serpico1000

You mention do not do the crime, you won't go to jail; the jails are supposed to be safe and secured for not only the outside citizens, but for the inmates themselves, yet the training, and the authorities are absent on any level of security in those jails and all of that is due to the one man running the jails and for that the good citizens of Phoenix, and Maricopa County will have to dish out the money, but who's counting, while the Republicans are telling the voters they care for the reduction of taxes, they do not care how much money is going out the other end, while the taxes they are talking about saving are towards the Big Corporations based in Arizona who are pressing the Politicians to take base on, then, who is going to dish out the money to cover for that deficit? the average home owner and the average tax payer, that's who!!!!

Anthony Morreale
Anthony Morreale

A settlement might as well be a conviction genius. If they weren't guilty, they wouldn't have settled

Carlos Vasquez
Carlos Vasquez

Besides racists. Az prison guards don't care about anyone in there. These thing happen on a daily basis, but not everyone I brave enough to sue.

looker
looker

Don't break the law.  Don't go to jail.  Very simple.

Greg Guerrero
Greg Guerrero

I like how people actually think tax dollars go to what they are told >>>>>> the taxes go to pay the interest in a national debt that accrued after the first great depression,... unites states sold out America and the total is now over 14 trillion..... this is why we fight wars for other countries INTEREST

Danny Gonzales
Danny Gonzales

I been in that jail before,i was not guilty on my charge for resisting arrest!! and i beat the case hands down but while i was in the jail awaiting sentencing they did abuse me and everyone equally!we wear an outfit that said UNSENTENCED!! So!! if we are not sentenced yet whats the abuse for??plus once i win my case hands down why should i have to pay 8 grand for my lawyer!! They should repay me for my time lost from my job,my lawyer,and the days i lost out of my life!!But in the case they did convict me why should us the tax payers pay for it also? it costs the state over 30 grand per ninmate at our prisons last i heard! thats such bullshit because they keep inmates in a type of place that is equivalent to a homeless shelter so I do not get that at all!! 30 grand a year is alot more than it would take me or anyone to survive paying for an apartment,food,etc.. so just saying that our tax dollars are being spent on private prisons and a whole lot of useless bullshit that could be better used elsewhere!!Im talking about the department of corrections prisons so dont get me wrong,the same goes for the maricopa county jails,they claim to save tax payers money but in the end its all bullshit,and your criminals end up back on the streets with nothing learned and 95% always go back to jail or prison so tell me thats not a waste of our time and our tax money!

Dan Rogers
Dan Rogers

I've had friends die in jail in AZ, I am not a criminal and those who are no longer here were in for misdemeanors, AZ is the worst place to be incarcerated.

Kyle Hague
Kyle Hague

Phoenix New Times, how is it that you make fun of their mugshots when they are arrested but then support them when they are mistreated in prison? If you report on how much Maricopa screws up, then maybe you should wait for a conviction to ruin someone's reputation.

Joe Rollins
Joe Rollins

I want to see my tax dollars not wasted on stupid wars in the Middle East, but unfortunately we don't have a say what our Democrat and Republican slavemasters choose to do to line their own pockets.

RobertGraham29
RobertGraham29

NOT MCSO's fault BECAUSE IT NEVER HAPPENED. This piece of shit MEXICAN lied knowing that he would get a payout.  The beating was much deserved! 

But what about all the money taxpayers have had to shell out because of the frivolous lawsuits against MCSO? And what about Mary Rose Wilcox bilking the taxpayers in her frivolous lawsuits? You won't talk about those though will you?

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

MCSO, the ATM machine that just keeps on giving away tax payers money...

ProfiteerMudSlinger
ProfiteerMudSlinger

$10k is a hellavalot cheaper than litigating this frivolous lawsuit. Welcome to reality in a litigious society.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

The typo of "county risk manger" creates an interesting image of inmates and their estates feeding at the manger as Arpaio continues to shovel feed into it for them.




fankromank555
fankromank555

Those jail guards are fat and lazy jsut like their pompous windbag boss Arpaio himself.


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WhoKnows
WhoKnows topcommenter

Once again, the real criminial is MCSO.

rh19541954
rh19541954

Another bill to the county of Maricopa County via the super job of Arpaio and his goons!

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

Maybe his cellie liked speed bumps and didn't like that he was clearing a path for later....


danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

Here's what's sad, this stuff is so out of control that the county doesn't even put up a fight anymore. If things are that bad anymore..why do they allow it to continue?

cinesimonj
cinesimonj

@looker Nice cliche there, kiddo!

You forgot to mention, though, 'Unless you're a cop or a prison guard'. Then, because of the authoritarian fetish that  childish twits like you have, you'll be treated as a brave hero. No, it's only civilians who shouldn't break the law. And then, apparently, things like extra-judicial beatings and murder within prisons or in police custody are totally fine. I bet you celebrate rape, too! Give you a hard-on, does it?

Sorry I probably wrote a few too many words for you to be able to deal with in one sitting.

cinesimonj
cinesimonj

Bizarre cut-and-paste political screeds are awesome! It's like a William Burroughs piece, man! 

Or are you trying to emulate Sarah Palin? 

cinesimonj
cinesimonj

Oh you poor, down-trodden "slave".

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Yes Robert, it IS MCSO's fault.

Thanks to the corrupt local sheriff taxpayers are shelling out ANOTHER $10,000.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan yes there have been frivolous lawsuits against MCSO.......but they are far outweighed by the legit ones and the ones that have run into the millions in payouts. and as for the Mary Rose payout.........try reading next time. there are a lot of us on here that do not care for her and do not think she should have gotten that much money (but we do agree she was targeted by the MCSO millionaire maker .........Joe)

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@JoeArpaioFan make up your mind. first you say it never happened, then you say it was deserved. those are contradictions. are you so wrapped up in your hatred that you cant even follow your own train of thought?

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@Cozz and they will continue to do so until Joe is gone. it costs less to settle and make a payout than it is to lose in court. they are taking the cheaper option (of course, it would be way cheaper if they just did something about the problem instead of just paying out to the after effects of the problem)

teknik
teknik

@danzigsdaddy because the idiots that vote for them actually get off on this shit.



annarkey14
annarkey14

@ConcernedCitizenAZ ,

No, this is not a third world country, this is Arizona.

Most third world countries place a higher value on human rights.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Zigs, only the idiot voters in nazicopa county can do anything about the old man.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Robert, don't get into a pissing match you can't win.

Cozz is a true victim of the dilapidated old man from MCSO. He went toe to toe against the old man and kicked the old man's ass.

Now be quiet.

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

@MaskedMagician1967 

Yup, but lost much in the process since the judicial system doesn't give a shit about the truth and would rather kiss the ass of a proven corrupt POS like Arputo.

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