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Eight correctional officers injured in incidents at Malone, Gouverneur prisons


Eight correctional officers were injured during incidents at prisons in Malone and Gouverneur on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association Inc.

The alleged incidents at Franklin Correctional Facility and the Gouverneur Correctional Facility all took place as officers attempted to subdue inmates, and were first reported by the association, which has not released the names of the injured officers.

The first of the three incidents took place Wednesday at Franklin Correctional Facility when Secudino Perez, 47, allegedly attacked an officer and sergeant after being ordered to leave the facility’s mess hall for being loud and argumentative.

Mr. Perez is serving a four-year sentence after being convicted of felony assault last year in Westchester County.

Also on Wednesday, three officers suffered injuries at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility after a struggle with an inmate being taken to a special housing unit. As he was being uncuffed, inmate Jonathan Mills, 50, allegedly fought the officers, punching one and kicking another. One officer was evaluated for a possible broken wrist.

Mr. Mills is serving a term of 25 years to life after a 1988 conviction in Bronx County on second-degree murder and possession of a weapon.

On Thursday night at the Malone prison, inmate Pernell Wilson, 47, allegedly injured three officers during a pat frisk ordered after he threatened an officer. During the frisk, Mr. Wilson allegedly punched one officer in the chest, then stomped on the foot of a second officer and pushed her to the ground, leading her to hit her head on the concrete floor.

Mr. Wilson is serving a sentence of one to six years after violating parole in connection with a conviction in Albany County for attempted criminal possession of stolen property.

The organization said the three incidents point to a problem with overcrowding.

“Every single statistic that measures violence in prisons is at a five-year high,” Donn Rowe, the association’s president, said in a statement. “There were more assaults by inmates on staff. There were more assaults on other inmates and assaults were proportionately more likely to result in injuries.”

According to state Department of Corrections statistics cited by the organization, the 645 reported assaults on staff statewide in 2013 represents a 23 percent increase from the 524 in 2012. There were 563 assaults in 2011 and 576 in 2010.

Mr. Rowe attributed the increase to state budget cuts and prison closures.

“This ill-advised agency budgetary approach is creating a dangerous environment for our members and that is unacceptable,” he said.

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