Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Correctional Services
Glenn S. Goord, Commissioner

Office of Public Information
[518] 457-8182

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Friday July 9, 1999

Coxsackie locked down to permit facility-wide frisk for contraband

Commissioner Glenn S. Goord today ordered the lockdown of the maximum-security Coxsackie Correctional Facility so staff could conduct a facility-wide frisk for weapons and other contraband.

Commissioner Goord ordered the lockdown after several inmate-on-inmate and inmate-on-staff assaults over the past week and the subsequent recovery of a number of weapons and other contraband by staff. Four Corrections Officers were injured in the incidents, all while attempting to restrain inmates fighting among themselves. All four Officers sustained minor injuries which did not require hospitalization. However, several of the inmates assaulted over the past week suffered serious cuts, puncture wounds and other injuries which required outside medical treatment.

None of the inmate injuries are life-threatening.

"To ensure the safety of staff and others, I have ordered the lockdown of Coxsackie Correctional Facility so staff can conduct a thorough search for weapons and other contraband," said Commissioner Goord. "I will not tolerate any assault on staff or others by any inmate at any time. Those inmates who chose to assault staff and others can be assured that they will face swift and severe disciplinary sanctions at the facility level and, where applicable, criminal charges as well."

The lockdown began at 8:30 a.m. following the morning mess hall run, which was conducted without incident. All 1,070 Coxsackie inmates will be confined to their cells while Correction Officers search individual cells, all inmates and common areas throughout the facility for weapons and other contraband. Inmates can be escorted by Officers for visits and medical appointments. However, all educational and vocational programming, mess hall runs and industrial programs have been suspended.

The last lockdown at Coxsackie, which opened in 1935 in town of Coxsackie in Greene County, was from December 1-4, 1998.