A lockdown has been lifted at the Auburn Correctional Facility after a series of inmate on inmate fights and assaults on staff during the month of March.
According to the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), since March 1st , four assaults on staff have occurred at the facility and a large number of inmate on inmate fights caused officials to lock down the facility. Over that period of time, officers seized 82 make-shift weapons, 37 of which were found during the lockdown. Officials say the majority of weapons were a type of ice pick. In one incident, officers seized a store bought composite-type knife that was six and a half inches long from one inmate during a search.
The lockdown occurred on March 18th and was lifted yesterday. A NYSCOPBA representative says the inmate on inmate fights appear to be gang related and several involved inmates being cut or slashed. The four assaults on staff resulted in minor injuries to officers.
Joe Miano, Western Region Vice President, NYSCOPBA, said in a statement:
“Auburn Correctional Facility remains one of the most dangerous prisons in the state. On a consistent basis staff are assaulted, inmate on inmate fights occur and large numbers of weapons are seized. This is not the first time the facility has been locked down in the last year and it certainly will not be the last based on the violence that exists there. It is an extremely dangerous environment our members have to work in. 82 weapons seized in a one month period speaks volumes to the fact that the administration needs to do more to make the facility safe”
Below is a statement from New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesperson Thomas Mailey:
“The safety and well-being of our staff and incarcerated individuals is our top priority. The department has zero tolerance for violence within our facilities and anyone engaged in misconduct will be disciplined. If warranted, an incident will be referred for outside prosecution.
Following a number of incidents between incarcerated individuals and an increasing amount of contraband being discovered, out of an abundance of caution, DOCCS decided to lock the facility down for several days while conducting a detailed search for contraband. The lockdown concluded yesterday and the prison is now operating on a normal schedule.“