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Fire, attack at Coxsackie prison injures six guards

Dec 21, 2011 12:06 am
Doron Tyler Antrim in The Daily Mail digs up as much information as he can find on the fire allegedly set by an inmate at the Coxsackie Correctional Facility in his cell at 12:30 a.m. Sunday Dec. 18 that caused injury to six guards. Nathaniel Richardson, a 28-year-old from Erie County serving a seven-year sentence for burglary, allegedly is to blame. “When staff responded and opened the inmate’s cell door, the inmate attacked one correction officer by punching him in the face twice,” a press release from the correctional officers’ union said. “Several officers and a sergeant then restrained the inmate — who was violently struggling and would not comply with the staff’s directions.” Then, the prison transfered Richardson to Albany Medical Center, where he allegedly hit another guard. The union, and the prison, did not tell Antrim the extent of the guards' injuries. Antrim quotes a union official saying that attacks on guards have increased in recent years, but does not say why. Antrim finds that between 2007 and 2009 the Coxsackie prison was in the top third of maximum-security prisons in number of assaults, according to a report by The Correctional Association of New York. In May 2010, The Correctional Association surveyed almost a third of the prison population in Coxsackie and found that 46 percent of respondents said confrontations between inmates and staff happen “very frequently.” “Clearly, Coxsackie inmates have significant concerns about the level of inmate-staff violence, even if the prison might not have the highest rates for such incidents,” the report said. Read Doron Tyler Antrim's full story in The Daily Mail.
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