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Inmate with apparent mental health issues injures CO at Orleans prison

Posted 20 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Press release, New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, Inc.

ALBION – A corrections officer was injured Saturday at the Orleans Correctional Facility by an inmate with apparent mental health issues, the New York Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association reported.

On Saturday at about 1:10 a.m., an inmate rushed onto a podium in a dorm that houses 60 inmates. He quickly placed an officer into a headlock, and began screaming, “They are after me, I’m gonna kill you!”

The inmate tried to grab the officer’s telephone. The officer was able to call for backup assistance. Throughout this whole incident, until responding officers could place the inmate in mechanical restraints, the inmate was screaming, “I’m God. I will kill everyone!”

The officer sustained back injuries, as well as a laceration on his arm due to his struggle with this inmate, said Mike Dildine, vice president of NYSCOPBA Western Region.

This is another incident in a medium security prison where an officer was assaulted by an inmate who belongs in a maximum security facility, Dildine said.

There were more than 100 assaults on staff in 2013 than in the previous year, although there were less inmates in the system, NYSCOPBA said.

The group said the state’s prisons are becoming more dangerous for corrections officers due to Gov. Cuomo’s policy of closing prisons, combined with State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s policy of housing some violent inmates in double-bunk situations.