Wisconsin Department of Corrections documents obtained by KCE have identified 32-year-old Parry Rodriguez-Koutsios as the inmate who died in the Sturtevant, WI prison on August 4, 2023. According to a source, it was a suspected drug overdose at Racine Correctional Institution. However, KCE spoke to the man’s parents who told us that Rodriguez-Koutsios had been complaining about not feeling well and had issues with his medications.
Rodriguez-Koutsios’s family expressed frustration with law enforcement and the state DOC for lack of communication. They say they still don’t have any answers more than a week later. The Racine County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigation.
Rodriguez-Koutsios had a long rap sheet and was serving a seven year sentence for child rape.
Jason Wells, who is the prison’s Warden, has overseen many scandals and deaths at RCI in the recent months. In August of 2022 a high-ranking prison employee was charged with 41 felonies for misconduct and an inappropriate relationship with an inmate. In November of 2022, there was an attempted escape of a convicted murderer that was paroled by Governor Evers. In January of this year, an inmate died at the prison. In March of this year, another inmate died in the prison. A spokesman at the Wisconsin Department of Corrections said he wasn’t aware of the death, but KCE has been told that it is a drug overdose. Warden Wells has been re-assigned and the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections refuses to talk about the many scandals.
John Beard, the former director of communications for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections recently left his role and a new replacement has not yet been installed.