ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Correctional Association of New York is calling for expanded federal investigation of the state prison system, saying the death of a 30-year-old inmate after a confrontation with guards shows a complete overhaul is overdue.
The nonprofit advocacy group has state authority to inspect prisons. It says the Justice Department is already investigating Attica prison in western New York following a severe beating there, and Clinton Correctional in northern New York, where several prisoners reported beatings after two inmates escaped.
The group says “the pervasive culture of violence and abuse … and the attempted cover-up” erupted this time at Fishkill Correctional in the Hudson Valley.
Samuel Harrell died from injuries there in April. The New York Times reported Tuesday his death was ruled a homicide.
The guards’ union says it’s reviewing the facts and violence against officers is at a record high.