"In Attica there has been 8 assaults in the last month, Wyoming has had a few, Orleans we had the officer whose drink was tainted just a little while ago, at Collins we had an officer assault, Wendy we had an office assaulted, Five Points," said Mike Dildine, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President.
Assaults on officers inside the walls of these jails is on the rise.
"Going back to 2008 this is the highest number and yet we have 6,000 less inmates than we did in 2008," said Dildine.
But now the question is why?
"It's a combination that we have 12,000 inmates that we have double bunk situations in these jails. They have changed the classification of inmates. Inmates are being released from SHU early," said Dildine.
On Saturday an incident occurred at the Wyoming Correctional Facility after an inmate was released early from the special housing unit.
"The officer in the dorm noticed he was in the TV room and asked him to return to the dorm. When the officer turned around the inmate hit him in the back of the head and attacked him. A scuffle ensued officer pulled him response team. Another officer was injured in the response. Eventually they got the inmate under control. While they were taking the inmate to the infirmary upon getting out of the van they continued to struggle. A sergeant was there the sergeant ended up getting knocked down hitting his head against the van having a seizure ended up with a broken wrist," said Dildine.
But this isn't the first incident to happen that week or even the last that day.
"A short while later in a different dorm there was a four inmate fight with weapons involved. Two inmates were cut with weapons. No officer injuries and no serious injuries to inmates we were told," said Dildine
Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci said, “My thoughts are with the three injured corrections officers. The safety of our staff is a constant focus of this Department and it is always difficult and upsetting when someone is hurt doing their job. Our assessment right now, is that this was a single inmate's actions, and not indicative of a systemic problem.”
Dildine says the first thing that can be done to help this problem is to get rid of the double bunks. He said the three men who were assaulted at the Wyoming County Correctional Facility are out of the hospital but they have not returned to work.