Somerset County, PA -- As an investigation into violence claims by Somerset County prisoners, the number of reported incidents is increasing. According to the Somerset Police Chief, Randy Cox, there may have been as many as 50 cases in the past two years. Cox said there have been 30 identified victims with information to back up their stories. Police are looking in to reports of at least 20 other unidentified victims. Cox said other inmates and jail visitors have mentioned other inmates being assaulted, but police have not been able to confirm that information.
According to Cox, some victims do not want to press charges. "We're running into about 40 percent of the victims don't want to prosecute. They're fearful if they do prosecute they'll invite retaliation from the person who assaulted them in the first place."