Prison guards from Greene County to picket for better safety

COXSACKIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Hundreds of corrections officers are standing up for their safety this week.

Coxsackie and Greene Correctional Facility officers say assaults on prison staff across the state have increased by more than 55 percent in the past six years.

Among the issues they are hoping to bring to the state’s attention this week are the needs for increased staffing and technology to help keep them safe.

Union rep Michael Mazzella says another big problem is the lack of discipline for juveniles and the light penalties for misconduct.

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