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September 23, 2013

Prison, jail contraband poses risk for workers, inmates.

Endangers workers, inmates at jails and prisons


Each morning at the Clinton County Jail, safety razors are given to inmates who wish to shave then collected about 15 minutes later, Favro said.

“They all have to be accounted for.”


Disciplinary measures vary in state prison depending on the circumstances, Mailey said.

“Each case is independently investigated, and any punishment would be determined through our disciplinary process,” he said.

“If the incident is of a criminal nature, then the New York State Police are notified and may handle it as a criminal matter.”

All security personnel working in both state prisons and the Clinton County Jail are trained to recognize contraband, Mailey and Favro said.

If officers at the Sheriff’s Department find contraband in an inmate’s possession and the offense warrants a charge, they fill out court paperwork and submit it to the District Attorney’s Office and bring the inmate to court for re-arraignment if the charges are approved. 

A judge may choose to set bail for the new charges or deny bail, Favro said.

In accordance with state law, the Sheriff’s Department charges a $25 disciplinary surcharge for every contraband case.

Favro said that revenue has amounted to more than $3,000 over the course of a year.

The fact that virtually no officers at the Clinton County Jail have been harmed in recent history with contraband is a testament to their vigilance, Favro said.

But the danger remains.

“You’ve got to catch it.”

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg



Here are some contraband cases that were recently investigated by State Police:

On July 26, Clinton Correctional Facility inmate,Jeffrey T. Russell, 28, was arrested on July 26 for first-degree promoting prison contraband, a felony, and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. The Dannemora prison case was reported to the State Police on Aug. 1, 2012.

On July 31, Clinton Correctional Facility inmate Tenell Collins, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. The initial report was made to State Police on Feb. 13. He was processed, arraigned and returned to the prison, State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jen Fleishman said.

On June 13, inmate Damien Rosado, 21, in Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone was arrested and charged with 1st degree promoting prison contraband following a March 20 incident.

Clinton Correctional Facility inmate Melvin Lloyd, 25, was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon 3rd degree and promoting prison contraband 1st degree. The case was reported to State Police on March 26, according to a State Police blotter entry. Lloyd was arrested on Aug. 13.

On July 31, Clinton County Correctional inmate Garrick Brown, 27, was arrested and charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

On Aug. 8, Franklin County Jail inmate Jordan S. Reynolds, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree promoting prison contraband after an incident reported to State Police on July 24.

Ten other contraband cases that appeared in the State Police's daily blotter since June are pending.

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