The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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January 22, 2014

Albion correction officer attacked

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — A corrections officer at the Orleans Correctional Facility sustained back injuries and a laceration on his arm due a struggle with an inmate this past weekend.

According to Mike Dildine, Wester Region Vice President for the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, an inmate rushed onto the podium in a dorm that houses 60 inmates at approximately 1:10 a.m. Saturday. The inmate quickly placed the officer in a headlock and began screaming, “They are after me, I’m going to kill you!”

The officer managed to call for backup despite attempts made by the inmate to grab the officer’s phone. All the while, Dildine said the inmate continued declaring, “I’m God, I will kill everyone!” until responding officers were able to place the inmate in restraints.

Dildine said, “This is another incident involving an inmate that should be housed in a maximum security prison who is housed in a medium security prison assaulting an officer.”

He mentioned that there were over 100 more assaults on staff in 2013 than in 2012, although there were less inmates in the system. Closing prisons, combined with housing more violent inmates in double bunk situations, is creating an unacceptably violent workplace for the men and woman that work behind the walls and fences of New York State’s prisons, Dildine added. 

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