Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

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

Office of Public Information
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Monday, October 23, 2000

Kenneth Kimes gets 8 years in SHU, mother 6 months, for prison rules violations

Kenneth Kimes has been placed in disciplinary housing for eight years and his mother Sante Kimes for six months for violating prison rules, Commissioner Glenn S. Goord said today.

"A discipline of eight years is a very long one," Commissioner Goord said, "given that only 6 percent of inmates receive sanctions exceeding five years. It speaks to our policy of 'no-tolerance' when it comes to prison assaults." One-quarter of all such sanctions are for less than the six months received by Sante Kimes.

Kenneth Kimes was found guilty of violent conduct, violating direct orders, making threats, assault and possession of a weapon stemming from an October 10 incident during which he took a TV producer hostage in the visiting room at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in Clinton County.

His disciplinary housing sentence began on October 10. For the same period, privileges revoked included receipt of packages from outside sources, his ability to make purchases at the prison commissary and the use of telephones to make collect-only calls. He also lost five years of good time.

Sante Kimes faced disciplinary charges following an investigation that began at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County while her son held the hostage at Clinton. Because both she and her son are considered escape risks, she was moved to the disciplinary housing unit during the hostage incident as a security precaution. Officers then searched her cell and found a pen taped at the top to form a hand grip.

She was charged with possession of a weapon and an altered item. Sanctions imposed against her effective October 11 were 180 days in disciplinary housing as well as six-months loss of package, commissary and telephone privileges.

Both disciplinary hearings were conducted on October 18 by trained civilian hearing officers employed by the Department. The penalties imposed may be appealed to the Commissioner's office.

Inmates confined in disciplinary status are housed in special housing units, cells separated from the general population with no contact between the two groups. Inmates in disciplinary housing are confined to their cells around-the-clock, except for one hour of daily outdoor exercise mandated by the courts, legal and medical visits plus one non-legal visit each week.

Sante Kimes had previously been disciplined for being out of place and a movement violation. She had signed out of her housing unit on September 19 for one location and was found in another. A hearing conducted on September 25 led to the loss of 30 days of phone privileges for those infractions. That penalty is being imposed consecutive with last week's discipline. She appealed the disciplinary penalty imposed in September, which was upheld at the facility level.