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Fight erupts in Franklin County prison; at least a dozen inmates involved


MALONE — At least a dozen inmates at Bare Hill Correctional Facility were involved in an early morning brawl this week that apparently stemmed from a conflict over the television schedule in the dormitory.

Correctional officers responded to the dormitory after reports of fighting around 4 a.m. Monday. Inmates were ordered to stop, but most refused and kept fighting, according to a release from the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association. The fight apparently erupted after two factions of inmates argued about the choice of TV programs earlier that day.

Smoke from a dry chemical fire extinguisher that was discharged made it difficult for officers to identify the inmates. Order was restored once the smoke cleared.

Several inmates suffered sprained wrists, abrasions and cuts on the hand and scalp. Two inmates required treatment at Alice Hyde Medical Center: one for a 3-inch laceration and tendon damage to his right hand and the other for a 2-inch laceration to the right side of his forehead.

Following the fight, a search of the room unearthed two padlocks tied inside black socks that were used as weapons during the fight.

Some items inside the dormitory were damaged, including two ironing boards, several chairs, an iron and a mop handle. Officers said some of the damaged items may also have been used as weapons.

The inmates were placed in the Special Housing Unit and will face internal disciplinary charges.

“Inmate-on-inmate violence at medium-security correctional facilities can have serious consequences and can lead to significant injuries to staff members and inmates,” NYSCOPBA North Region Vice President Randy Page said. “Many occur in dormitory settings where officers are far outnumbered by inmates.

An investigation of the fight is ongoing.

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