Corrections Officer Deemed Not Wounded Enough For Paid Leave For Prisoner Attack
Trenton, NJ – A corrections officer who suffered a large slash to his face and a broken wrist during a brawl with a prison inmate will likely not receive compensation during his recovery, according to the police union.
The incident occurred at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton on Oct. 21, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) President Brian Renshaw said in a press release.
The unnamed corrections officer suffered the injuries as he was trying to restrain a violent inmate.
“The assailant, armed with an edged weapon, attacked the officer and left a large gash on the left side of his face spanning from his ear to his lip,” Renshaw noted. “The officer also suffered a broken wrist in the process of restraining the prisoner.”
The injured officer was treated for his injuries at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
“Unfortunately, this attack is one of many examples of what our officers must face and be prepared for on a daily basis,” Renshaw said in the release. “This officer conducted his job soundly and paid a price he didn’t deserve.”
Renshaw then explained that, under New Jersey’s current Sick Leave Injury law, the officer likely will not qualify to be compensated during his recovery.
“Under the state’s current legal standard, an officer must suffer ‘serious bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or serious, permanent disfiguration’ to be eligible for compensation payments as he/she recovers,” the union president explained.
In the unlikely event the corrections officer was found to be eligible for compensation, those benefits would only last for six months.
Proposed legislation seeks to raise the benefit term to 12 months for officers who are injured in the line of duty, according to the release.
The bill also “aims to broaden the standard so those injured in the line of duty can receive better care,” Renshaw said.
“We wish our brother in blue a speedy recovery and we call on the New Jersey legislature to pass this bill swiftly so officers can receive the treatment they deserve,” the union president added.
A fundraising campaign established to help the injured corrections officer during his recovery has raised over $4,000 so far.