Griffo seeks additional protections for corrections officers

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ROME — A recent attack by an inmate on a corrections officer at the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome has prompted New York State Senator Joseph A. Griffo to write a letter to the state Department of Corrections.

According to the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, a 24-year-old inmate attacked a corrections officer while being transported between prison buildings at Mohawk on April 29. The officer suffered several injuries, including a broken tooth.

In response, Griffo, R-47, Rome, penned a letter to Anthony Annucci, acting commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

“Unfortunately, violent acts such as this have become all too common at the state’s correctional facilities,” Griffo wrote.

“The NYSCOPBA recently reported that data maintained by your department indicates that assaults on staff reached a record number of 1,173 in 2021. Assaults on staff this year puts DOCCS on a pace to meet or exceed 2021’s record breaking total, according to the association. This is unacceptable and must be stopped.”

Griffo asked Annucci to keep him informed on what is being done to address the violence.

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