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Inmate violence at Elmira Correctional Facility has officials calling for change

ELMIRA (WBNG) – Three fights between large groups of inmates in the last two weeks at the Elmira Correctional Facility have led to several lock-downs of certain parts of the facility and officers confiscating several make-shift weapons.

The fights broke out in the yard, the mess hall, as well as the field house.

Officers were forced to use chemical agents to break up the fights. In the end, at least six officers were injured.

More than a dozen inmates face disciplinary charges.

Officers also recovered a handful of plastic shanks and other make-shift weapons.

“Once again we are addressing inmate violence at Elmira Correctional Facility. Over the last six months there have been several incidents in which staff and inmates were injured,” said Joe Miano, the Western Region Vice President of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. “Now in a period of the last two weeks, staff had to quell three large fights. Numerous plastic shanks were recovered from two of the inmate fights. Those weapons could have easily been used against staff. This disorder is a constant at Elmira and is exactly why significant disciplinary measures need to exist to deter this type of behavior. Without them, it exposes staff and other inmates to potentially dangerous situations at the hands of inmates who realize there are no repercussions for violent behavior.“

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