Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Brian Fischer, Commissioner

Contact: Peter K. Cutler
Office of Public Information
(518) 457-8182

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November 8, 2011


DOCCS investigation followed discovery of illegal contraband in inmate's cell; sanctions include one year confinement in Clinton Correctional Facility Special Housing Unit

ALBANY - New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Commissioner Brian Fischer today released the results of recent disciplinary action taken against convicted killer Ralph Phillips.

Phillips, serving life without parole, violated several prison rules when he possessed escape paraphernalia and tampered with state property on October 17, 2011 at the maximum-security Clinton Correctional Facility in Clinton County. As a result, Phillips' infractions have led to a combined 12 months of disciplinary confinement in Clinton's Special Housing Unit and 12 months loss of package, phone, and commissary privileges.

"Our security staff discovered irrefutable evidence that Phillips possessed illegal contraband in his cell, as well as tampering with prison property, and he will be held accountable for his violations," said Commissioner Fischer. "When any offender under our custody breaks the rules of the Department, they face the disciplinary consequences of their actions. In this case, Phillips, following a thorough internal investigation and hearing, was assessed sanctions that the Clinton Correctional Facility staff deemed appropriate."

At the time of the October 17th incidents, Phillips, who was received at the Clinton facility on December 22, 2006, had amassed 30 violations of Department regulations since his arrival. Due to his past misbehavior and recent transgressions, Phillips will now serve disciplinary housing time through January 27, 2016.

Clinton, built in 1845, is the state's largest correctional facility with 2,795 offenders currently housed in the facility. There has never been an escape from within the secure perimeter of the facility.