Coxsackie comes up in report on state prison internal affairs unit
Jan 10, 2016 12:03 am
Brendan J. Lyons reports in The Albany Times Union that the New York state prison internal affairs unit, "that investigates misconduct and abuse in state prisons was for years mired in cover-ups, nepotism and unbridled sexual harassment." The story says that anyone in the unit that questioned or reported the corruption, "faced threats of retaliation, including being returned to their prison-guard jobs and marked as 'rats.'" The paper's report is based on court records and investigative reports by the office of state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, and by many interviews by Times Union reporters with current and former employees at the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The story includes many side trips to the Coxsackie Correctional Facility. One internal affairs unit employee, Mark Miller, is alleged to have been threatened with eliminating his overtime and being sent back to his guard job in Coxsackie if he reported the abuse. The story also focuses on DOCCS' employee Daniel F. Martuscello III, the agency's director of human resources. Miller accusses Martuscello of promoting or securing jobs for female acquaintances and other friends and family members. Martuscello's father is Daniel F. Martuscello Jr., the superintendent of the Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Read the full story in The Albany Times-Union.