Videos show detained juveniles attacking staff

The News Leader

March 8, 2011 10:30:59 AM PST
Security videos from New York's four juvenile prisons show residents assaulting each other and staff, who say current permissive policies make the centers more dangerous.

Eileen Carpenter, recently retired from the State Commission of Correction, says she gathered the 2009-10 videos last year while responsible for oversight of the four centers that house males ages 14 to 21, including murderers, rapists and armed robbers.

The videos show staff and residents sucker punched and knocked out.

Carpenter says she brought the documented violence to the attention of officials in Gov. David Paterson's administration last year and to the Cuomo administration this year, but nothing has been done.

The Inspector General's office says Cuomo has asked it to investigate.

State officials say their goal is making the facilities as safe as possible.