AP Investigation: Prison boss beat inmates, climbed ranks


              An April 17, 1997, prisoner civil rights complaint in which federal prison inmate Marion Bryant Jr. accuses Thomas Ray Hinkle and other guards of beating him at the federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo., is photographed on Nov. 21, 2022. Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s. An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
            
              An April 17, 1997, prisoner civil rights complaint in which federal prison inmate Marion Bryant Jr. accuses Thomas Ray Hinkle and other guards of beating him at the federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo., is photographed on Nov. 21, 2022. Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s. An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
            
              The Federal Correctional Institution is shown in Dublin, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Thomas Ray Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s. An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              A transcript of a deposition given on May 16, 2000, by Marion Bryant Jr., a federal prison inmate who filed a lawsuit accusing Thomas Ray Hinkle and other guards of beating him at the federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo., is photographed on Nov. 21, 2022. Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s.  An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
            
              An Oct. 28, 2007, arrest report, obtained by the Associated Press through an open records request from the Montgomery County, Texas, sheriff's office, describing federal prison official Thomas Ray Hinkle's arrest for alleged public intoxication is photographed, on Nov. 21, 2022. Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s.  An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
            
              The Federal Correctional Institution is shown in Dublin, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Thomas Ray Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s.  An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              An excerpt from an April 17, 1997, prisoner civil rights complaint in which federal prison inmate Marion Bryant Jr. accuses Thomas Ray Hinkle and other guards of beating him at the federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo., is photographed on Nov. 21, 2022. Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s.  An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
            
              The Federal Correctional Institution is shown in Dublin, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              An April 22, 1996 case summary, sent by the Bureau of Prisons Office of Internal Affairs to the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, detailing allegations that Thomas Ray Hinkle and other guards beat federal prison inmates Marion Bryant Jr. and Norman McCrary at the federal penitentiary in Florence, Colo., is photographed on Nov. 21, 2022. Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s.  An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags.  (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
            
              The Standards of Employee Conduct for the federal Bureau of Prisons, which prohibit workers from using "brutality, physical violence, or intimidation toward inmates, or use any force beyond what is reasonably necessary to subdue an inmate," with punishment ranging from reprimand to firing is photographed on Nov. 21, 2022. Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s.  An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
            
              A June 10, 2022 memorandum sent to Bureau of Prisons staff by then-Director Michael Carvajal announcing Thomas Ray Hinkle's promotion to acting regional director of the agency's western region is photographed on Nov. 21, 2022. Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s.  An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
            
              The Federal Correctional Institution is shown in Dublin, Calif., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. Thomas Ray Hinkle, a senior official at the federal Bureau of Prisons has been repeatedly promoted, most recently to one of the highest posts in the agency. And this has happened despite his being accused of beating multiple Black inmates in the 1990s.  An Associated Press investigation has found the Bureau of Prisons has continued to promote Hinkle despite numerous red flags. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
AP Investigation: Prison boss beat inmates, climbed ranks