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Inmate serving 25 year sentence attacked twice: NYSCOPBA claims its gang activity

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A maximum-security inmate serving a 25-year sentence for first-degree manslaughter was assaulted twice in separate incidents within a week, likely due to gang-related violence.

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The first attack took place on April 25, as the inmate was heading to the evening meal. A prison officer noticed two inmates exchanging punches, with one making slashing motions to the other’s face. After the officer ordered the inmates to stop fighting, the injured inmate was treated for a five-inch laceration on his cheek and returned to his cell. The other inmate, who remained uninjured, was placed in a Special Housing Unit pending disciplinary charges. No weapon was recovered in connection with the assault.

Two days later, on April 27, the same inmate was attacked again while participating in recreational activities at the fieldhouse. Two officers witnessed three inmates exchanging punches with the previously injured inmate, who ignored orders to stop fighting. Staff intervened using chemical agents to successfully stop the altercation.

The targeted inmate sustained multiple lacerations to his face and nose and received medical treatment. The three assailants were uninjured.

Kenny Gold, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President, stated that both attacks were likely gang-related and expressed concern for the safety of staff and inmates under the current disciplinary system. Gold criticized the HALT Act, arguing that it not only failed to protect inmates but also created a more violent and unsafe environment within prisons.

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