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NYSCOPBA wants state to act after serious violence at Auburn Correctional Facility

The union representing correction officers in New York hopes that a recent uptick in violence at Auburn Correctional Facility will be addressed by the state.

The New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, as well as elected leaders from the region, participated in a press conference this week at Auburn Correctional Facility.

Earlier this month Auburn Correctional Facility was placed into lockdown after an officer was seriously injured. The officer apparently suffered a seven-inch wound on his face and required 30 stitches to close it, according to The Citizen.

Mark Deburgomaster, NYSCOPBA’s western region vice president, said the entire incident was horrific. “Besides the physical injury itself, this officer will carry the emotional scar of this attack with him for the rest of his life,” he said.

Deburgomaster said that while a search for contraband at the facility was successful and that it was reopening- inmates there often begin making new weapons as soon as the old are removed.

“Tensions are high inside,” Deburgomaster added. “The inmates know they have the upper hand. We feel as though we don’t have the backing of the state.”