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Union says Auburn prison was locked down for a week, 82 weapons seized

Officials at the Auburn Correctional Facility are on edge after a weeklong lockdown was lifted on Monday.

Four assaults on prison staff and a series of inmate fights since March 1st caused officials to lock down the facility on March 18th, New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association said in a Tuesday press release.

The assaults on staff resulted in minor injuries, according to officials.

A total of 82 weapons had been seized, 37 of which were seized during the actual lockdown.

Most of the weapons were described as “ice pick type,” but the weapons also included a 6.5 inch composite-type knife, according to The Citizen.

The entire facility was on lockdown from March 18 to 25. NYSCOPBA said the inmate fights appear to be gang-related and involve inmates being cut or slashed.

“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,” NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President Joe Miano said in the release. “Eighty-two weapons seized in a one month period speaks volumes to the fact that the administration needs to do more to make the facility safe.”