DANNEMORA — Clinton Correctional Facility here has been put on lockdown for a full security frisk after a fight reportedly broke out there Friday, days after a reported brawl at the facility Tuesday evening.
John Roberts, Northern Region vice president for the New York State Correction Officers Police Benevolent Association, told the Press-Republican that the Friday incident was a fight involving upwards of 20 inmates in the north yard.
In a statement Friday night, Thomas Mailey, spokesperson for the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, said there is an ongoing investigation into the Friday incident.
“No staff were injured; however, a number of incarcerated individuals were transported to local hospital for treatment,” the statement said.
On Tuesday, a four-man inmate fight in the recreation yard escalated into upwards of 60 inmates fighting, according to information from NYSCOPBA.
Gas canisters were used to attempt to break up the fight, the union said, but high winds in the prison yard reportedly decreased their effectiveness.
In all, officers fired 22 canisters of chemical agent into the Tuesday fight.
After several minutes, the inmates complied and stopped fighting.
All inmates in the yard at the time of the fight were removed and brought to several facility buildings.
In all, 192 inmates were removed from the yard.
Officers searched the yard after the inmates were removed and found two makeshift weapons on the ground.
A third weapon was located on the floor in the gymnasium, one of the buildings the inmates were moved to.
Several inmates sustained lacerations during the fight and they were treated by facility medical staff and transported to a local hospital for further treatment.
Reports from those close to the maximum security prison said that the Tuesday fight appeared to be over drugs or money.
DOCCS did not release any further information about the Friday incident.
"We cannot comment further on specifics, however we can state that the department has zero tolerance for any incarcerated individual in our facilities who does not follow protocols or worse, commits a criminal act," the statement from DOCCS said.
"Anyone found to have committed a crime inside a DOCCS’ facility will be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
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