Inmate abuse complaints spike after New York prison escape, group says – CNN

New York (CNN)Inmates from the New York prison where two murderers escaped are now accusing authorities of abuse, claiming officers unleashed their frustrations on the remaining prisoners during the search for the fugitives.

In more than 60 complaints since the escape, inmates from the Clinton Correctional Facility have claimed they were physically abused, placed in solitary confinement and stripped of privileges, according to the Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York, an organization that helps prisoners.

The complaints, which were first reported in The New York Times, include allegations that officers beat inmates during interrogations.

The New York State Department of Correctional Services said the complaints are being investigated by its office of special investigations and have been referred to the state’s inspector general.

“Any findings of misconduct or abuse against inmates will be punished to the full extent of the law,” corrections officials said in a statement to CNN.

The union that represents state corrections officers decried reports of the inmates’ complaints as “one-sided,” noting that the law enforcement community has been cooperating with a state investigation into the escape and awaiting the results before speaking out.

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