Griffo asks governor to probe violence against corrections officers

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Following a recent attack on two correctional officers inside the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, New York State Senator Joseph Griffo has reached out to Governor Kathy Hochul to ask her to investigate.

According to Griffo, R-47, Rome, two correctional officers were attacked by an inmate at the Mid-State facility, resulting in a broken nose and other injuries. In response, Griffo said he has written a letter to Hochul “urging” her to direct the state inspector general to conduct “an immediate and thorough investigation to determine the best course of action to address this issue”.

In his letter, Griffo also asked the governor to release information and data related to her decision to close prisons. Griffo also requested that she appoint a permanent commissioner for the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervisor. The office has had only an acting commissioner for more than eight years.

“New York’s hardworking and dedicated corrections officers and civilian staff should not have to live in fear every time that they go to work,” Griffo stated in a release.

“An investigation into these alarming acts of violence must be undertaken immediately so the state can address and deal with this issue and ensure the safety and wellbeing of men and women working in the state’s correctional facilities. I also am calling on the governor to release the information that she and her administration used to determine which prisons in the state would close, which I do not support. The public deserves to have the opportunity to fully scrutinize all of the details that ultimately culminated in this unacceptable decision.” 

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