NYSCOPBA: INMATE VIOLENTLY ASSAULTS OFFICER AT GREEN HAVEN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

New York State Correctional Officers
& Police Benevolent Association, Inc.
102 Hackett Blvd. – Albany, NY 12209
(518) 427-1551 nyscopba@nyscopba.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 7, 2013
CONTACT: James Freedland | 914.882.4622
Media@metpublicstrategies.com
NYSCOPBA: INMATE VIOLENTLY ASSAULTS OFFICER AT GREEN HAVEN CORRECTIONAL
FACILITY
Green Haven Facility In Lock Down

STORMVILLE – The Green Haven Correctional Facility is on lock down after a Correction Officer
was violently assaulted by an inmate today. During a routine pat down, an inmate punched the
officer in the face, brandishing a weapon similar to an ice pick during the assault. The inmate
was then subdued by other officers.
“Correction officers put their safety on the line everyday to protect the public, and this assault
is another reminder that even routine procedures can spiral out of control when inmates
become violent. NYSCOPBA will continue to monitor the situation at Green Haven,” said Mike
Mazzella, NYSCOPBA Mid-Hudson Regional Vice President.
The inmate population at New York State’s correctional facilities has decreased by 6,633
inmates over the last 5 years, but there has been an increase in prison violence. There have
been 588 reported assaults on staff so far this year, compared to 580 for all of 2008, and 524
from 2012. In addition, there have been 690 inmate-on-inmate assaults this year, compared to
657 in all of 2008.
Statewide, the number of violent felony offenders has increased as well. In 2013, 82% of
inmates in maximum security facilities were violent felony offenders, compared to 77% in
2008. For medium security facilities, 57% of inmates were violent felony offenders, compared
to 51% in 2008.
“Despite smaller inmate populations, violence against staff is at the highest level in five years.
Our maximum security correctional facilities, such as Green Haven, are packed with violent
offenders. The administration’s shortsighted plan to close prisons will only exacerbate
overcrowding and undermine law enforcement goals. New Yorkers deserve a smarter public
safety plan,” said Donn Rowe, President of NYSCOPBA.

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