FORT ANN -- Inmates started three fights Friday at Great Meadow Correctional Facility, resulting in a lockdown and one prisoner needing about 95 stitches.

The first fight began in the morning in a cell area, then two more fights occurred in the afternoon in the prison yard, said Dan Mulligan, correction officer and president of the New York State Correctional Officer & Police Benevolent Association at Great Meadow.

The inmate who received the stitches was cut with a weapon. Prison staff distinguish between stabbing, which involves punctures, and cutting, which relates to slashing.

The maximum security prison requires any inmate involved in a fight to receive treatment by medical staff on-site. One inmate was sent to an outside hospital, but Mulligan said he didn't believe there were any life-threatening issues.

No prison staff members were injured, nor did they fire shots or deploy chemical agents.

The lockdown began after the last fight. Inmates are typically only locked in their cells to sleep at night, but the emergency measure keeps the prisoners in their cells 24/7. Staff also conduct an intensive sweep of the premises.

The lockdown was in effect until further notice as of Friday evening.

The first fight occurred around 9 a.m. and involved around four to six people. The second fight began around 1 p.m. and involved around nine people, and the last fight was around 3:30 p.m. and included a dozen or more people.

Prison staff have recovered cutting-type weapons from the fight.

"You can make a weapon out of anything," Mulligan said. "I've seen them make weapons out of cellophane from (cigarette packs)."

In the past, prisoners have heated and melted Cellophane and plastic wrap, Mulligan said, to make objects as hard as Plexiglass.

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retired

Lockum down for the holidays, do a facility frisk between the two holidays, and maybe by Jan 3rd they will come to their senses. We do not need staff getting involved in their fights at holiday times.

upstateSAHM

Weapons from cigarette packs? Are you kidding me?? Here's a thought... They are in PRISON, jail.... funded by the tax payers... Don't give them cigarettes!

KMA

They don't get cigarettes for free. Someone has to buy the cigarettes for them and bring them in or mail them in. Or the inmates can spend the money they make at their jobs on cigarettes.

politicoQB
politicoQB

Sahm, you try takin' smokes away from inmates and see how long before Philip Morris' 'Action Committee' scurries over to The Hill.
Never happen (Though I agree it should.)
Yup, saw a TV special report about prisons, and an ex-inmate demonsrated melting down and rolling up 4 ciggy packs over a candle, rolling the pliant ball in his hands , then he rubbed both sidste on the rough concrete floor. Sharp knife in 10 minutes!

OldGuy
OldGuy

@UpstateSAHM --- Be very careful about making quick knee jerk decisions over prison conditions. The prisoner "mob" and gang mentality doesn't think like us normal people do on the outside. Very few of us civilians ever have a chance to work locked up inside with them, and get to see the childish like grudges and kindergarten ideas that get into these grown men's minds.

My own observations over years is that too much faith has been put into high minded political and "professional" administrations, typically for "more prisoners' rights", and not enough faith or willingness has been made in listening directly to the guards or their union reps. complaints or suggestions.

If you want better control over a herd of animals, who you going to ask for guidance ? The meatpackers, or the cowboys ? That's meant to be a shocking analogy to get your attention, because reality is drawing closer to it.

Government, and us, must listen more to the guards needs.

jdrangers

You'd be surprised what we taxpayers are paying for at prisons..........Did you know we pay for cable TV so they can watch porn? Which means the staff is also watching porn.

weedmylips

No way, i can't believe it, a fight in prison?

this is news??

St-Egreve
St-Egreve

This is probably a stupid question but here goes:

Paragraph six says that "inmates are typically only locked in their cells to sleep at night."

What does that mean ? Are they otherwise allowed to come and go as they please during the day ?

seven10split

Mandatory frontal lobotomies would solve all the prison problems.

statetaxpayer

SAHM - The inmates are not "given" cigarettes. They buy them with their own money either given to them by their families or from money they earn working at the jail. Yes. Money they earn. Isn't it nice to know we pay them for working in the jail, along with all the other free stuff they get (health care, food, housing, etc). They will fashion a weapon out of anything they get their hands on. They use dental floss, paper, everyday items. The men and women that work in the prisons have to be on the lookout for this stuff day in and day out. They can be assaulted any time, anywhere. This is the most dangerous job around and most of the general public has no idea what is involved with this job or how it involves keeping the general public safe. Bravo to the guards for no one getting hurt, this time.Let them beat on each other, not you.

ozark in mulberry

be safe brothers and sisters.take your time and don't miss a thing. the longer they are locked in, the longer you are safe

reflections of

seems like the inmates run the asylum

busterkrab

People are so naieve, they have no clue what happens behind the walls of any prison. They really think that what you see on TV is the real deal.Don't try to find out from a prison guard because you would probably doubt what you hear.The guards work in a cess pool of humanity so you can live in your glass houses and throw stones,and be safe and secure.The police get all the glory,if there is such a thing, when they apprehend a criminal, but the guards have to live 8 hours a day with that same criminal. Do you really think criminals change when they go behind the "wall".I think not,because I know they don't!

ComicalGirrrlll

I work at this prison and I can tell you they do not watch porn. They get basic cable, black and white tv, and they get approved movies on the weekends via netflix. [quote]jdrangers said: "You'd be surprised what we taxpayers are paying for at prisons..........Did you know we pay for cable TV so they can watch porn? Which means the staff is also watching porn. "[/quote]

johndoeny

You have to be an EX-CON or have family in prison to make a statement like that. inmates DO NOT get porn on there tv's. They get a select few tv channels. [quote]jdrangers said: "You'd be surprised what we taxpayers are paying for at prisons..........Did you know we pay for cable TV so they can watch porn? Which means the staff is also watching porn. "[/quote]

johndoeny

[quote]upstateSAHM said: "Weapons from cigarette packs? Are you kidding me?? Here's a thought... They are in PRISON, jail.... funded by the tax payers... Don't give them cigarettes! "[/quote]
Listen Bro, you are living in one of the most liberal states there is.

johndoeny

[quote]St-Egreve said: "This is probably a stupid question but here goes:Paragraph six says that "inmates are typically only locked in their cells to sleep at night." What does that mean ? Are they otherwise allowed to come and go as they please during the day ? "[/quote]

Inmates are required to attend school or a work program in the day time. They are allowed recreation in the morning if you have no program or school, the same follows at noon time. Then at supper time, they are allowed evening recreation, intill approx 10pm. Then they are locked in there cells intill aprrox 6:30am , thats when the morning bell goes off to awaken the inmates. This is how basicilly the system works at maxium jails. "No question is stupid"

Rich-P
Rich-P

Hats off to our corrections officers. That has got to be one tough job.

sydpepmama2

[quote]jdrangers said: "You'd be surprised what we taxpayers are paying for at prisons..........Did you know we pay for cable TV so they can watch porn? Which means the staff is also watching porn. "[/quote]
Are you really that ignorant! Why don't you go in there and guard these prisoners and put your life in Jeopardy, or would you rather they were running around your neighborhood!You obviously have no heart concerning this situation if your worried about tax payers $$ and not these guards lives!

alexandsammi

Are you people all ignorant???? Someone in prison is still a HUMAN BEING. Try being locked in a box for any amount of time and see how you act. Everyone has committed a crime in their lifetime, the only thing that seperates you from them is rather you were caught or not. And no I have never been in prison. And some of those gaurds are as crocked as the criminals they are paid to watch. Do not judge others before you look in the mirror.

FrogWhizzer

And some of those guards are as crocked as the criminals they are paid to watch. Do not judge others before you look in the mirror.

Read more: http://poststar.com/news/blotter/great-meadow-locked-down-after-inmate-fights/article_cc92d7f2-283e-11e1-80dc-001871e3ce6c.html?mode=comments#ixzz1gr9OBq9G

alexandsammi
My comment to you is if you think you can do a better job than any of these outstanding Correctional Officers check and see when the next test date is and see if YOU ave what it takes to become one. There are bad apples in every profession perhaps you can change the corrupt few and make this world and the NYSDOC system a better and safer workplace for several of my family members who work there! I believe you are the one living in a glass house & should be looking in that mirror your talking about!
AND BTW if they are in that "BOX" they got themselves there by CHOICE it's a maximum security PRISON..The cess pool of societies lowest form of humanity yeah..."your "HUMAN BEINGS"

OldGuy
OldGuy

@AlexandSammi --- But, you are forgetting that most of the DIGNITY of being a HUMAN BEING is lost when you become a prisoner. Basic survival kicks in. People become territorial over the smallest of things. PACTS are formed between neighbors. Roving PACKS are formed with Alpha leaders and weaker followers.

To keep any one prisoner "safe" within such a mob mentality is akin to keeping the lid on kindergarteners during play time. Someone is always stepping on someone else's space or life. The "teachers" are the guards in this case. All they can do is pick up the pieces after a fight while trying not to get hurt too.

I'm only a civilian who worked locked inside medium security prisons from time to time. I could "feel" the tension change from one area to another, year to year. A stabbing happened within 25' of me once, and I never knew it because it was a matter of "pride" between combatants.

It's a mob of bad people that must be herded around all day for their own good.

nytoaz9382
nytoaz9382

A lot of state prisons do not provide cable to the prisoner, and if it is a tv faculity the prisoners loose a lo of things like the number of packages from home they can get in a year. Usually you can get 1 a month but at a tv faculity you get 2 a year. Prisoners buy the cigarettes, at normal prices minus taxes because they obv state run no sales tax, still they are currently 7.00 a pack. As for prisoners working, the average hourly pay for a prisoner is roughly .40 cents an hour so don't go getting your panties in a bunch because it's almost like slave labor. Things they make at least in Clinton are chairs and tables, although most prisons also make the green uniforms and maintain the prisons (cleaning, cooking, grounds keeping) with prisoner labor. Guards get paid to babysit I'm sure they do a lot but the most work in a prison in prisoners.

jdrangers

[quote]ComicalGirrrlll said: "I work at this prison and I can tell you they do not watch porn. They get basic cable, black and white tv, and they get approved movies on the weekends via netflix. "[/quote]
My husband works at that prison also and yes, there is soft porn on the TV.

EnoughIsEnough

[quote]alexandsammi said: "Are you people all ignorant???? Someone in prison is still a HUMAN BEING. Try being locked in a box for any amount of time and see how you act. Everyone has committed a crime in their lifetime, the only thing that seperates you from them is rather you were caught or not. And no I have never been in prison. And some of those gaurds are as crocked as the criminals they are paid to watch. Do not judge others before you look in the mirror. "[/quote]

You have got to be kidding me. Someone who murders and rapes a child is not human nor do they deserve to be treated like anything other than an animal.

Lock up the animals 24 hours a day, feed them in their cells, take away the fancy gyms, TVs, law libraries and all other amenities that are provided. Make prison conditions so bad that people will think twice about committing a felony.

It is very sad that the animals have more rights than the COs.

busterkrab

To alexandsammi,
As I said most people have NO clue about prisons. I had the pleasure,yes pleasure. of working with some of the finest men and women CO'S behind those walls,for many years. I agree that these inmates are still human beings,but thier behavior within the walls seperates them from you and I. They may or may not learn from thier mistakes, I say this because I have seen some come back more than once and even have had generations of familys pass thru. So go figure it out because I can't.Even after 30+ years.Enough said on this.

Bill In Glens Falls

Enough: I hope you realize that a very small percentage of inmates are there for raping and murdering a child.

No, prisoners should not have a lot of rights or privileges, but some of them are there for things much less serious than what you reference.

And, yes, the guards have a very difficult job and deserve our support.

St-Egreve
St-Egreve

johndoeny, Thanks for explaining all that.

wrkg4mine

WHY????? Do they lock the jail down when the inmates are blatantly out to scar, mame or kill each other, but when an inmate jumps a C.O. the story is different????? There are a few C.O.'s and SGT.'s locked out right now, because an inmate jumped a guard and refused to stop resisting when staff came to aid him (and the C.O. was seriously hurt).
Too bad the system works in favor of criminals even after they are in a max A jail (some from committing heinous crimes on the outside to get there)! They get meds, educations, play time...ALL FUNDED BY YOU AND ME!

sme

[quote]alexandsammi said: "Are you people all ignorant???? Someone in prison is still a HUMAN BEING. Try being locked in a box for any amount of time and see how you act. Everyone has committed a crime in their lifetime, the only thing that seperates you from them is rather you were caught or not. And no I have never been in prison. And some of those gaurds are as crocked as the criminals they are paid to watch. Do not judge others before you look in the mirror. "[/quote]

The "human beings" that behave themselves do not stay in max prisons. they go to lower classifications where they have more freedoms and priviledges. The "trouble makers" that can't follow the rules stay in maxes like Comstock. If they can't follow the rules in Prison how are they going to follow society's rules. The so called "soft porn" is cable TV and "R" rated movies that is approved by Albany guidelines. You would be surprised at the percentage of sex crimes in max prisons. Murders cover up sex crimes.

kbfh

[quote]alexandsammi said: "Are you people all ignorant???? Someone in prison is still a HUMAN BEING. Try being locked in a box for any amount of time and see how you act. Everyone has committed a crime in their lifetime, the only thing that seperates you from them is rather you were caught or not. And no I have never been in prison. And some of those gaurds are as crocked as the criminals they are paid to watch. Do not judge others before you look in the mirror. "[/quote]

Ummm...actually, I have never committed a crime. And I am sure a lot of people have never committed a crime. And if someone is in a prison like Comstock, they have committed a VERY SERIOUS crime and deserved to be locked in a box. They get no sympathy from me, they committed the crime, they pay for it.

alexandsammi

So what your saying is you have never jaywalked, never dropped a piece of paper on the ground. No maybe you haven't murdered or raped someone. But a crime is s crime. And last time I checked none of you nor I are God so who are you to judge. I have family who are CO' s and even they will tell you how corrupt some are. How do a lot of drugs and contraband make it into prison oh the CO's. People are so quick to judge others but you should clean out your own closet first. I have seen a man go to s max prison for a marijuana charge and a murderer go free so all I am saying is we need to stop judging people.

statetaxpayer

Wow.I'm reading all the comments and want to say thank you to all that support the COs.I also think that alexandsammi needs to identify themselves so their relatives that are COs can see exactly who is calling them criminals.There are other ways for the drugs to get into the prison & if you use your imagination, you can figure it out.You do the time,you do the crime.You don't go to a place like Comstock for having a joint.With the plea bargaining system,most of these inmates aren't even in for the worst of the crimes they have committed.Most of them ARE animals but the COs that I know, give respect if shown respect.As far as I'm concerned,they shouldn't get paid to keep their own "house" in order. The guards don't get paid to clean up after them.It is not slave labor.Honestly, the inmates have more rights than the guards and if you try to take something away from them, they sue the state. Can you just imagine that?

UNHFIREBOY

[quote]alexandsammi said: "Are you people all ignorant???? Someone in prison is still a HUMAN BEING. Try being locked in a box for any amount of time and see how you act. Everyone has committed a crime in their lifetime, the only thing that seperates you from them is rather you were caught or not. And no I have never been in prison. And some of those gaurds are as crocked as the criminals they are paid to watch. Do not judge others before you look in the mirror. "[/quote]

Interesting perspective, but Great Meadows is a Maximum Security Prison, the inmates housed there aren't incarcerated because they stole a DVD or sold some pot. Most of them are violent criminals who would stab you in the back for your shoes, for looking at them wrong or simply because you wore the wrong color. And I will not disagree that a SMALL percentage of COs are not on the up and up but you'll find that in every job. I'd like to see you work with the scum of the earth everyday an not have it change you.

KMA

[quote]jdrangers said: "My husband works at that prison also and yes, there is soft porn on the TV."[/quote]

What do you consider "soft porn"? It seems like these days most prime time programming can be considered "soft porn".

Mak

Some of you people and naive. People in prison do not deserve to be treated like animals. My husband is at Great Meadow instead of being in a Medium because of an error in his paperwork in Albany. He got two and a half years because his 3 year old daughter CAUGHT him masturbating and because he has a very vengeful Ex. He got incarcerated while I was pregnant. When I went to go see him one CO was so rude to me. "I bet your husband isn't too happy about you being knocked up. Who's the father?" But I can't complain, it would only hurt him. I know their job is hard, but don't degrade people.
Oh... and "state tax payer", inmates make less then 25 cents an hour to do all your cities "dirt work". Prisons are corporations. You hear about what it costs to house a prisoner but all those prisoners working for nothing, and all tax cuts the towns get....I'm sure there's a profit there.

rdc

hmm, I may be cold but frankly, I don't care about inmates. I'm going to worry about the welfare of somebody who would hurt me or steal from me? There are too many good people in need of help and support.

wrkg4mine

How unfortunate that these officers are being viewed in a negative light. They work for the state with no contract, in the belly of the beast for 8 hours a day, around inmates who murder, rape, rob, steal, etc, And they continue to do it on the inside too. (aha, you read the article).
You who have no idea what it is really like need to get a grip on reality. The stuff you see on your television is only a part of what they endure each day, not in episodes or broken up by commercials, this is real life! You don't record this stuff for a later playback and view. You can be sure that these officers are on their guard because it will happen again, and again, and again. They fight crime on the inside, and risk their lives.

After a criminal is caught and processed doesnt mean (s)he is no longer a criminal.

statetaxpayer

rdc - right there with you. MAK - if your husband is telling you there was an error in his paperwork that landed him at Comstock,he is a liar.His counselor would have corrected it by now.I know that for a fact.He did something he didn't tell you about and got sent there.The towns don't get tax breaks for having the inmates "work" in their towns. They get a church painted, a cemetary cleaned or some trees cut down and most of those crews have been cancelled.When they did get to go out,the benefit to the inmates was as much as it was to the town, church, etc.They got to get away from the prison for a day and that benefited them.Also, you act like they are the town highway or clean up crew. NOT so. For all the free meals, medical, education, housing, etc that they get, they shouldn't even get paid a nickel. They did a crime. It's not a hotel. They don't deserve room service. They are the worst of the worst and they get what they deserve (and more as far as I'm concerned).

alexandsammi

Now we know why the judical system will always be a disfunctional part of this naton. Everyone is so one sided. I hear so many of you stating oh this and that never happened and placing blame and before a couple years ago I was just as oblivious but until you see someone on the other side of this then you really have no right to judge. Keep believing what you like there are a few that know the truth.

statetaxpayer

Alexandsammi - I can speak personally on this matter. If you don't do the crime, you don't have to do the time. Some people can learn from their mistakes and there are many that do not. If you don't like your stay, don't do something to go back. It is as simple as that. The flaw in the parole system is that the inmates are put back into the environment that got them there to begin with. Only they can keep themselves out of trouble. Like I said before, the COs I know, will show respect if they are given respect. That is human nature. If you act like an animal, you should be treated like an animal. Everyone makes mistakes and how serious they are and if you learn from them is what determines your future. Only you can do that.

judyi

MAK really you husband is at GMCF because albany made an error?? don't think so. like said on here, there are some CO"s that are stupid, crooked and think they are real tough but most of them are doing their jobs and do it well. there are some inmates that are in for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and made human mistakes. the point is if everyone is shown respect as a human inmates and CO"s usually have no problems. inmates are always going to have problems among themselves. the CO"s are there to keep order and that is a very dangerous task

Counselor Troi
Counselor Troi

"But a crime is s crime" -- Seriously? You think littering or jaywalking is the same as murder, rape, kidnapping??

alexandsammi

Statetaxpayer so you are saying there are no innocent people in prison? You apparently haven't seen an inmate who was beaten so badly by 10 CO'S he has permanent brain damage. And did I say he suffered from epilepsy and was having an epileptic seizure when it happened. Or seen numerous women who are assaulted while in custody by CO's. How about the man with COPD being denied his breathing medication. Then when a complaint was filed by his wife him being woke up by a CO kicking him every morning to give him his inhaler. The same CO telling him he hopes he doesn't accidentally unplug his Oxygen concentrator. I know these things happened. No not all COs are bad and to the ones who really do the job they should I give you applause. To the ones who aren't I pray that God has mercy on you. Inmates are sentenced and are confined not to be treated like animals but to be rehabilitated. Mistakes are made, although some are horrific, we have no right to mistreat another. You are no better than they are if you do.
Oh and to whoever said you don't go to max for marijuana that is very untrue. I know someone who went to max for marijuana and no it wasn't for sales.

alexandsammi

No one said it was the same just remarking on the person who stated that they NEVER commited a crime. I really don't understand how people became so biased. How all of you people can sit so high and mighty. I have never been to jail or prison and haven't so much as had a ticket since I was a teenager but I know that I am no better than ANY other human being. Life is full of things that are could result in you making a very horrible mistake. Don't be so quick to think you will never be in some of their places. Some of them may have felt the same way. It really saddens me that sociaty is so biased.

judy926

Having been in prisons on visits I've seen some pretty crazy things. I've seen some pretty crazy people. Some that belong locked in the SHU for the rest of their lives. I've also seen pretty great CO's and really nasty ones. I have never personally experienced a nasty one because I treat them with respect and am respectful and so is my boyfriend. There are many crimes out there other than rape and murder. Not every inmate is violent. Not every inmate is in there doing illegal things. Lots of them want to do their time and come home. I'm very grateful that my significant other is in there getting the help he should have gotten out here, before it got to this point. I'm grateful to the CO's who are good to him and don't treat him like he is the scum of the earth.

I hope for your sake that you don't ever have to live this life because your loved one made a bad decision.

COs put their lives on the line every single day that they walk through those gates and for that, too, I am grateful

smain

As the wife of a CO at Great Meadow I want to thank everyone that supports the COs. It is not an easy job and there are some bad apples but most of the men who walk through those gates everyday are great guys. They deal with rapist and murderers each day and try to treat them with respect and many of the inmates treat the Cos with respect. I am grateful to have a great husband who took a job in a hell hole to make the lives of his family better. To those who think the job is so easy take the test walk through the gates and see if it's as easy as you think. Just read the statistics on the number of suicides of Cos and you may have a different opinion.

Cricket
Cricket

[quote]alexandsammi said: "Are you people all ignorant???? Someone in prison is still a HUMAN BEING. Try being locked in a box for any amount of time and see how you act. Everyone has committed a crime in their lifetime, the only thing that seperates you from them is rather you were caught or not. And no I have never been in prison. And some of those gaurds are as crocked as the criminals they are paid to watch. Do not judge others before you look in the mirror. "[/quote]

This is the most ignorant statement on this thread. Hats off to the COs. God bless you. Where are the crocked guards, by the way?

alexandsammi

Where would you like me to start cricket? There are crocked ones at every facility from county jails to state prison. They have inspectors that go through and catch them all the time. Or didn't you know that. I will never change my mind about this I have been in contact with numerous agencies reguarding issues with correctional officers and the judical system. I suspect a majority of the ones on here that are so offended by my comment are part of the problem. As I have said before I have family who are CoS and they all know my opinion. Not to mention the numerous calls to the governor and prisoners rights associations. You see I can stand behind my beliefs but I doubt any of you can simply because you are too busy sitting on your throne.

Counselor Troi
Counselor Troi

alex said: "Is it acceptable for someone who broke the law to simply apologize and that be the end of it... no! I am glad he found it appropriate to apologize but that is not acceptable. He needs to be held accountable. A simple sorry does not see justice done." -- Uh, so where is your charity for this man who did not do something so heinous that he is in Great Meadow? Isn't also a human being? You sound like you were on that THRONE when you posted this.


Hack

@sammi- it disgusts me to see that you feel so strongly about inamte rights and how they deserve to be treated with all the respect and dignity in the world. Meanwhile, your family members could be the ones losing their jobs because youve called numerous agencies over inmate rights etc. Its nice to know you'd choose a convict over your family....until youve been inside those walls and walked a. Eat in a CO's boots you ha e no idea what its like and how animalistic some of these convicts can be. So as you speakof the CO's being on their throne think of this.....if you or someone in your family was raped or murdered etc. Would you still want thqt convict to be treated with respect....would he still have yoyr support? Good luck with that and i hope that if your a answer is yes that can one day experience an animalistic felon first hand. Maybe then you would be able to see the world the a CO's eyes.

Hack

Also, for those of you who dont realize how dangerous a CO's job is,heres a thought for you...it usually takes at least 3-4 police officers (equipped with guns and mace etc) to subdue one dangerous criminal....however it takes only 1 CO (equipped with only a baton) to escort 44 violent convicts to the messhall. I would love to see the look one some peoples face if we put them in the same room as even just 10 convicts. As said before, HATS OFF TO THE CO's that sure is one tough job!

alexandsammi

here is where the idiocey comes to play. If a co loses their job it is because they were not doing it. I am for fair treatment. I never said that all co' s are bad just that they should be accountable. An inmate should be treated humanly. Two wrongs don't make it right. I don't discriminate against people so I have been around criminals. I have attended church some of the finest police officers. And everyone who knows me knows I treat EVERYONE the same, with the same respect I want in return. true there are those who have committed horrible crimes but I leave it to God to judge them. I really don't need to have any of your aporovals just as you don't need mine. The only point I wanna make is stop and remember we are all human. sure would love for you all to have been around when I was making my phone calls. you would have proved my point for me!!!"

judyi

stop with the bull about how great co's are and how dangerous their job is. i work at GM and i see everyday. the co's do their jobs but believe me it is not as dangerous as it is made out. these inmates want no problems and be put in the box or keeplock. most of the problems are between inmates not guards and inmates. usually if there is a problem between inmates and guards, the guard usually caused it by being on a power trip. you would have to be there to believe how the minority of these guards bully. i'm not an inmate lover by no means, there are some terrible people there. but, the few guards that seem to have all the problems are just short of being as bad as inmates

alexandsammi

@ Counselor this is another example of how the system fails. He should be accountable. An apology would not be acceptable from an inmate or any other regular joe. Everyone needs to be held to the same standard. This only proves what I say about how our system doesn't require fair treatment. where have I ever said that inmates should not be accountable? Being accountable does not mean being abused or mistreated. Why is it so hard to understand that I was not saying all CO s are bad but there some that are?

johndoeny

You can CAGE the BEAST but you CAN'T CONTROL the BEAST.These inmates that Great meadow houses are the WORST of the WORST , if any other facility can not control a inmate, then theinmate is shipped to Great Meadows. The CO's DO havea very DANGEROUS job in deed, with out ANY HELP from guns,pepper spray and tasers. (They don't get the batman toys)

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