Members of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) are asking lawmakers to address an increase in violence against personnel at state prisons and correctional facilities.
The association's executive board was in the Hudson Valley Tuesday. They highlighted incidents from the past two weeks at Dutchess County's Green Haven Correctional Facility.
Officials say there have been almost regular attacks on staff that have sent some personnel to the hospital with injuries. Statewide, the association says assaults on staff have risen 100% since 2012, and these statistics are only a glimpse into the dangerous working conditions facilities are dealing with.
"My cell phone goes off every single day, hearing that one of my brothers and sisters in blue are leaving the facility in an ambulance," said Christopher Moreau, vice president of the association's Mid-Hudson Region. "I don't think it's a matter of if. It's happening. It's just a matter of if anyone is going to do something about it."
Association leaders also spoke against the recently passed halt solitary confinement law that will go into effect in 2022.
They say the measure will only lead to more violence within facilities.