State Senator Joseph R. Griffo and State Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon recently toured the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome and the Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy to discuss prison issues with staff and administrators.
Griffo, R-47, Rome, and Buttenschon, D-119. Utica, were invited to tour the local state prisons by the correctional officers union, the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association. They were hosted by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
While on the tours, officials said Griffo and Buttenschon spoke with correctional officers and administrators, saw how the facilities operated and learned more about the issues and concerns that staff in Marcy, Rome and throughout the state face on a daily basis. Officials said they discussed contraband, staffing concerns, an increase in assaults on inmates and officers and the need for drug-sniffing dogs or drug detection equipment in all of the state facilities.
“The valuable insight and knowledge gained from these visits will help us advocate for corrections officers to make sure that they have the proper resources, training, protections and staffing levels necessary to ensure the safest and most secure facilities,” said Griffo in a release.
Buttenschon agreed, “All the issues that were noted need to be addressed to ensure that staff and inmates remain safe. This tour was informative, and I will update by colleagues on the concerns and issues that were presented so we can work to resolve them.”