April 30, 2014

TV dispute sparks prison brawl


One had a 3-inch cut and tendon damage to the top of his right hand, and the other had a 2-inch gash on the right side of his forehead. Both were treated then taken back to the prison.

Those who could be identified will face disciplinary charges and were placed in a special-housing unit.

The investigation revealed that members of two factions within the facility had argued earlier in the day about what TV programs to watch in the dorm and that the ill will carried over until the physical fight began at 4 a.m., the release said.

“Inmate-on-inmate violence at medium-security correctional facilities can have serious consequences and can lead to significant injuries to staff members and inmates,” NYSCOPBA Vice President Randy Page said in the statement.

“Many occur in dormitory settings where officers are far outnumbered by inmates,” he said. “This presents a challenge for our members and creates a work environment that is not conducive to their safety.

“Thankfully, none of our members were injured in this incident.”

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