The Increase In Assaults And Violence Within Our NYS Correctional Facilities Needs To Be Addressed Immediately
  • Petitioning Anthony J. Annucci

This petition will be delivered to:

Acting Commissioner New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Anthony J. Annucci
New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

The Increase In Assaults And Violence Within Our NYS Correctional Facilities Needs To Be Addressed Immediately

    1. Patricia Mitchell
    2. Petition by

      Patricia Mitchell

      Lake Katrine, NY

I am writing this petition as not only a concerned citizen of NYS but also as a concerned wife of a NYS Correctional Officer.  In the past four days alone, there has been an assault on Officers by inmates at four different Correctional Facilities.  In the first month of the new year, there has been over 60 assaults on Officers and Civilian Staff within our Prison Facilities.  Last year there were over 700 assaults on Officers and Staff.  Governor Cuomo, and NYSDOCCS like to play with these numbers as not to alert the public of the true violence within our Correctional Facilities that consistently is increasing.  The safety of our Officers and Civilian Staff is at an all time high risk.  And yet our Governor and the Department of Corrections refuses to see this and refuses to address the issue.  Our Officers provide a community service, they vow and are committed to keep our communities safe.  A service the Governor and the Department refuses to acknowledge.  You may ask why there is an increase in the violence, I’ll tell you why.  The Governor has closed and is continuing to close many Correctional Facilities, hence overcrowding those that remain in service.  He is double bunking inmates and while some may not see a problem with this unfortunately there is.  It increases the aggravation amongst the inmates.  It increases contraband and other illegal acts.  Which in turn increases the dangers our Officers are facing daily.  Since he has also been closing many of our Mental Health Facilities and cutting their staff; he is mixing mentally ill in with general population creating dangerous conditions for not Officers and Staff but for those that are in need of mental health rehabilitation.  He is reclassifying our more serious and violent  inmates and placing them in medium security facilities rather than in maximum security facilities where they belong.  More recently, it has been found inhumane to punish inmates for misbehaving or violent behavior while incarcerated within NYS Correctional Facilities.  Apparently a study has been performed and lawsuits against the state with the support of various civil liberty groups; that the use of Solitary Confinement/SHU aka “the box” is found to more mentally damaging and inhumane.  But if you think about it then, we are told as parents to discipline our children we should use time outs and take away privileges to teach our children there are rules to be followed and what is accepting in society; so by taking away the use of Solitary Confinement as disciplinary measures for violent behavior, disobeying the rules of the Correctional Facility System; how are we educating those that are incarcerated for violating the rules of society to begin with.  If they can’t follow the rules in prison, how are they to be rehabilitated to follow the rules once again of society.  Isn’t this teaching them that there are no consequences for their actions and violations? The Governor has closed and dismantled many rehabilitation programs available in our prisons.  And now has tied the hands of our Officers all while discouraging the use of solitary confinement.  Inmates are now seeing this as "that they can get away with whatever they want" and there are no repercussions or consequences for their actions and violent behavior.   This type of negligence is placing our Officers and Civilian Staff in more dangerous positions.  It also places other inmates who are trying to obey. attend what rehabilitating programs that are left  and serve their time, in harms way; putting their safety in jeopardy.  Yes the Officers and Staff knew when taking this career choice that there was always the possibility of a threat or harm.  But they didn’t expect their employers to turn there backs on them.  They didn’t expect to have to face this alone with no support.  Correctional Officers have no protection other than their fellow officers, common sense, their own courage and personal strength.  Their belief in doing the right thing and doing what is needed to keep all safe.  They are responsible for all human life within the walls of our correctional facilities not just their fellow officers and civilian staff.  And for the communities outside the walls as well.  Corrections Officers are the forgotten ones.  Once a felon has been sentenced to prison, the public no longer thinks of them.  They are just happy that justice has been served with no further thought of who it is that actually keeps them locked up and sees to their rehabilitation.  The issues of increasing violence within our NYS Correctional Facilities needs to be addressed and the inmates need to know there are consequences for their violent behavior.  Our Correctional Officers and Civilian Staff who put their lives on the line daily, need to know they have the support of the public for which they serve. 

 

 

 

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    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. Wow We Have Reached Over 1300 Supporters

      Patricia Mitchell
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support. I am confident we can reach our goals. Please continue to share with friends and family and ask for their support. They do not have to be a member on facebook, they can access the site and petition directly.

      Onto some other great news, this petition is being considered for a story with one of the local networks. Keep your fingers crossed that they run this story. Again thank you so much.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. Just 65 signatures shy of 1000

      Patricia Mitchell
      Petition Organizer

      Today I have reached out to local networks and more newspapers. Poughkeepsie Journal is going to do a story, Daily Freeman and Times Union will post my letter and are considering a possible story. I have also reached out to Senators and Assembly Members, I have yet to hear back from them. Tomorrow I will make some calls. Thank you everyone for you continuous support. I am confident our voices will be heard.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. Wow!

      Patricia Mitchell
      Petition Organizer

      We are on our way to 1000 signatures... Keep up the good work and continue to share, I know we can get there. And thank you for the overwhelming support.

    7. Reached 500 signatures
    8. We are at the point where contacted news networks for coverage is possible

      Patricia Mitchell
      Petition Organizer

      I just sent a few out to local news networks asking if they would be interested in covering this story. We have over 400 signatures and still going. We are at the point that just maybe a network will pick up the story. I have sent letters to newspapers as well asking if they will cover the story. Fingers crossed we get someone to cover it. Either way I will be submitting this petition to our Governor; if I have to hand deliver it myself, it will get submitted. Again thank you for your support.

    9. Thank You So Much for the Overwhelming Amount of Support

      Patricia Mitchell
      Petition Organizer

      I honestly didn't think this would go over the way it is. It is overwhelming the amount of support this petition is receiving. I am truly grateful. We are near the 300 mark and I can't thank you all enough. I have contacted my Senator for their support as well as my Assembly Member. I have and still am contacting as many news papers as I can hoping to get our story in the papers. Thank all so much. Remember to share this petition with your friends and family. The more signatures the better.

    10. Reached 250 signatures
    11. Wow we aleady hit over 100 signatures and still counting.

      Patricia Mitchell
      Petition Organizer

      Amazing... You guys are awesome. Thank you for getting the word out there, we have over 100 signatures already, in just a short time since I started this petition. I am truly overwhelmed. One of the reasons I started this petition was because I am a wife a NYS Correctional Sergeant, who has 20 plus years in Corrections. I have seen more than I cared to. He has come home with bruises and cuts, he has had feces thrown on him and had to undergo various test to assure he didn't attract anything, and just last year he was out for 6 months with injury because of an inmate. He had to have back surgery, was out of work 6 months and it scared the crap out of me. And it appears it is getting worse. And it needs to stop, the State needs to acknowledge there is a problem and it needs to be addressed immediately. So they don't want to listen to our Union when they address this issue, nor do they want to acknowledge letters written to them or newspapers then the next step is a petition.

    12. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Sharon Pritchard GLENDALE, AZ
      • 4 days ago

      I have a close relative who is employed as a New York Correctional Officer. This situation is wrong and has to be corrected.

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    • James Mueller CHATEAUGAY, NY
      • 13 days ago

      Provide a safe environment for the security staff.

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    • Scott Carey STITTVILLE, NY
      • 13 days ago

      The area I live in has three state prisons, a secure Mental Health Hospital, a secure Sexual Offender Treatment Program and county jail. Most of the people I know and work with are at risk!

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    • peter franco UTICA, NY
      • 19 days ago

      I am a Shia in a maximum security forensic mental hospital. I have been working there about Two years ,already have had my nose broken,rotator cuff tor and .back and neck injured by combative inmates. There has to be a better way

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    • Louis Mott TABERG, NY
      • 24 days ago

      I am a SHTA at mouth & ear. I now have a perforated ear drum and was exposed to HIV/AIDS. Then I tore the meniscus in my knee during another Red Dot response with a combative inmate. I have had a total of seventeen surgeries to repair serious injuries from my employment with this very violent population. There is a better way. Just ask us.

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