WENY News - More Makeshift Weapons Seized at Elmira Correctional Facility

More Makeshift Weapons Seized at Elmira Correctional Facility

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) - Weeks after two cell blocks were temporarily locked down at Elmira Correctional Facility following a series of fights, the unrest and fighting at the facility continues.

The first incident happened on February 7th. Two inmates started fighting inside the gym at the prison. The fight ended before officers arrived. One inmate suffered cuts to his face. He was taken to the infirmary and treated for a three-inch cut. The second inmate was frisked, but officers did not find a weapon. He was placed in special housing and is facing disciplinary charges.

A second fight happened on February 12th. According to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, two inmates were attacking another inmate. When the officers arrived, they told the inmates to stop fighting and the inmates listened. Two ice pick-style weapons and a broken piece of glass were found after inmates dropped them to the floor. All three inmates were taken to the infirmary for treatment. One inmate sustained a small cut on the back of his head.

NYSCOPBA says more fights broke out between inmates over the next two weeks. Several of the fights involved multiple inmates in the gym area. Officers needed to use OC spray to break them up.

Several other two-man fights also happened. Again, officers needed OC spray to stop the fighting, according to NYSCOPBA. 

Officers seized seven makeshift weapons that inmates turned over or were found as a result of searches at the prison. 

Inmates involved in the incidents were placed in special housing units and facing internal disciplinary charges.

NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President says the last two months have been dangerous for officers at Elmira Correctional Facility.

"In a continuation from last month, the unrest and fighting among inmates has escalated again," says Joe Miano, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President. "Makeshift weapons, cuttings and OC spray deployed to stop inmate fighting continues to be a common theme at Elmira.  Everyone one of these incidents are dangerous for our members and we are thankful that no staff was injured.” 

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