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Officer attacked at Coxsackie prison

Nov 04, 2021 1:55 pm

Bill Williams reports for Columbia-Greene Media that on Nov. 1 an inmate at Coxsackie Correctional Facility beat on a corrections officer, who was taken to Albany Medical Center, union officials said Nov. 2. The officer was treated for swelling on the right side of his face, a small cut under his right eye, and abrasions on his elbow and shoulder, according to James Miller, director of public relations for the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. The attacker was only identified by Miller by his previous crime: he is serving a three-year sentence for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a firearm. State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision never releases the names of correction officers nor inmates involved in altercations. Union officials implied they could predict this attack, and wanted to place the prisoner in solitary confinement before the incident, as they used the attack to bash the Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement, or HALT, Act passed in March, which went into effect Nov. 1. The new law prohibits incarcerated people in special populations from being sentenced to solitary confinement and limits their keep-lock placement to 48 hours. Bill Williams reports for Columbia-Greene Media

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