NY Correctional Officers Ordered Not To Wear Masks, Even If They Have Them

Sandy Malone

New York correctional officers are not allowed to bring and wear protective masks at work because of the uniform code.

Albany, NY – New York correctional officers are not allowed to bring or wear their own face masks to work with them in detention facilities because it violates the uniform.

“Correction officers can and do wear a mask when appropriate to the medical situation. There is a Department Directive that outlines what can be worn with the uniform. The masks are not allowed unless medically necessary for the job and area they work in and then will be provided to them,” the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said in a statement, according to WETM.

The New York State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have not recommended that the general public wear face masks.

Instead, they recommend that people wash their hands and use hand sanitizer, WETM reported.

The corrections department said they took proactive measure to mitigate the risk to corrections officers and prisoners, including putting a stop to prison visits early on, WGRZ reported.

The department also said that “internal transfers of incarcerated individuals has been stopped except for medical, disciplinary and other exigent circumstances to ensure the continued health and safety of our staff and incarcerated population,” WETM reported.

But the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), the union that represents correctional officers, said that the state is not doing enough to protect its members, WGRZ reported.

“They did suspend it for today, but from indications we’re being given right now they’re still looking at putting buses back on the road as soon as tomorrow," NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President Mark Deburgomaster told WGRZ. "Whether that’s going to be for just essential moves, we haven’t gotten clarification. But I do know the transport buses are being told they will run tomorrow… at what levels or numbers we haven’t been informed of yet.”

Deburgomaster pointed to the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden as a “hot spot” where numerous employees have been placed under quarantine.

***“***As of this morning it’s 42 officers, two sergeants and one lieutenant… Just out of that facility,” Deburgomaster told WGRZ.

He said there are about 100 correctional officers who have been exposed and told to quarantine in the western part of the state alone.

Sources told WGRZ that most of the coronavirus cases at Wende can be traced back to two inmates who were recently transferred into the facility, and one of them was disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

The union has recommended that “state ready” prisoners who are scheduled to be transferred from local jails into state prisons should be held where they are for the foreseeable future.

“If there was someone in Westchester that tested positive, we don’t want to have that somebody coming in from Westchester into the state system,” NYSCOPBA Michael Power told WGRZ***.*** “And this is the same thing that happened, I believe working with background information, that happened with this Weinstein deal.”

The union boss explained that it’s not just about getting infected, it’s about what happens to the correctional system when too many officers cannot work.

“We’re now worried about the number of officers being quarantined which vastly effect our staffing abilities and to provide the services that are needed,” Power said.

He also said there isn’t enough personal protective equipment for the corrections officers who are working and that social distancing is unrealistic in their line of work, WGRZ reported.

“We don’t have the personal protection equipment in place to effectively prevent our members from catching this, and then bringing this outside the facility to their homes**,**" Power explained.

As a stopgap measure, the union has suggested that the state stop all construction projects that are being done at state correctional facilities, WGRZ reported.

Every construction worker who enters a prison property must be checked for contraband, and so must their vehicles and equipment.

“I do know that if they shut down the construction alone, that would free up massive numbers of officers that are currently taking care of construction, when they could be actually be better used on the galleries,” Deburgomaster said. “This could also slow the number of people coming into the facilities and reduce possible exposures.”

Comments (55)
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flybynight
flybynight

Good plan NY.......good plan. What fools!!!!!

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Bravo New York! You guys are really thinking this through! sarc It’ll keep this virus from turning into a real life Pandemic game! sorry but more sarcasm (High five if you know the game, just move to Greenland or Madagascar)

Steadman
Steadman

Strange how a country like Venezuela can get masks for their officers but nys cannot...special kind of stupid. On a positive note; contraband (drugs + weapons) inside nys facilities has fallen since visits + family reunions have been temporarily suspended...who would’ve thought?!

RetiredCaLe
RetiredCaLe

Apparently the NYC prison administration doesn’t give a rip about what is currently going on in this country. Wonder if the Governor will step in or of the prison personnel should strike to make their point.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

If anyone has a sense of humor left (laughter is the best medicine), there's a new release of Conservative memes. If you like the top, be sure to click the replies link at the bottom...

28 Replies

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

I'm not sure people are feeling your daily dumps anymore, bro. They're scared, and you're still making light.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Isn't one of you enough?

I know my posts don't appeal to everyone. I don't care. I have opinions, and I enjoy witty humor. We don't all crumble in the face of a challenge. Most LEOs are a great example of that too.

People who are scared probably need to turn off the panic box (TV) and do something enjoyable.

ikaika
ikaika

Those were great, Jim! Thanks for the needed laugh.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Thanks. Keep laughing.

Being home lately, I am seeing my wife a lot more, and laughing a lot more as a result. Sometimes until we cry and are out of breath and our faces hurt. You just can't beat that feeling.

Some of those memes are so witty, it took me a little bit to get them.

My favorites from the week prior are here.

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

Its me. They banned my original from responding for a week because i make white people upset. I created another profile and turned on my VPN though.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

You should simply respect your week ban, and learn from it.

That's what I would do if I intended to stay. It would be more likely of me to leave permanently. I've been censored at far too many websites, and this website is exceptional with regard to supporting the 1st Amendment, yet still allowing for some intelligent content and a variety of opinions.

You must be an exceptional jerk or something, LOL.

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

like i said, I made white people upset. one of the mods said he didn't like my racial comments, then blocked me from responding to him. Even though it would be easy for me to find other racial comments worse than what I said, and those individuals get to comment every day.

And you should simply respect deez. I know as a white, you love telling others how to behave even though there is no historical premise of whites ever behaving. keep it to yourself.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US


I am sure your race has nothing to do with it, but some people like you simply refuse to play by the rules and learn from their past mistakes.

It usually starts from an improper upbringing, and then continues into adulthood. Sadly, lots of these people go on to become menaces to society and end up getting incarcerated.

I was reprimanded by this website for violating its guidelines (I posted personal info about Burgers). It was exceptionally nasty of me to do so. I took my lumps, and won't do that again.

Your attitude seems similar to the attitude of people who get pulled over for a traffic infraction and immediately blame the cops.

Take responsibility for your actions and man up.

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

Yeah. If i were him, I'd have tried to sue you for doxxing.

And again, you as a white don't get to lecture anyone on proper behavior.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US


LOL sue for doxxing stuff he publicly posted himself. That's hilariously dumb, but you aren't the brightest legal advisor either, are you.

A party who files a frivolous lawsuit not only loses, but they also usually end up paying the other party's legal expenses.

you as a white don't get to lecture anyone on proper behavior.

Not quite sure what skin color has to do with it. That seems like an overtly racist comment to me. Only non-Whites can provide advice on how to be civil members of society and take responsibility for their actions? You are messed up in the head if you actually believe that and are not simply trolling.

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

I didn't say only non-whites can advise how to be civil. But the past 500 years show that whites definitely aren't anyone to refer to as far as societal civility is concerned.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

I am not quite that old. I am usually civil, and not a racist; I think I am exceptionally anti-racist (anti-Affirmative Action and any other discrimination related to race).

Don't hate me because of my skin color or what someone else's ancestors may have done.

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

You sure are defensive! I didn't say i hated you. I said (for the third time) you have absolutely no authority to tell others how to be civil.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Defensive... please.

You seem to be a racist pig, and I am again trying to teach you something - how stupid your viewpoints are. Sorry, but true.

I should not need to spell it out for you further.

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

you don't get to spell it out for me at all. your DNA does not equate to peace.

h1ghest_commdenom
h1ghest_commdenom

and stop calling everything racist, snowflake. arent boomers supposed to have tougher skin?

flybynight
flybynight

A little duct tape would fix that ear/mask problem.

flybynight
flybynight

Maybe you can talk l1owestcom into becoming a quarantine rebel. God knows I've tried.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

flybynight
flybynight

Well it might not be but it's darn close!!!!

PoBeals
PoBeals

Leadership? NOT in NY.

pixiepup
pixiepup

That is ridiculous because of a uniform code. Get rid of code during this pandemic.

ScoutLeduxStarr
ScoutLeduxStarr

There are stupid ass administrators like this throughout the country they shouldn't even be cops ....they wouldn't make a mole on a good cops ass.....

sanman899
sanman899

How much more proof do we need that democrats are the evil enemy. they care more about the criminal that the peacekeeprs. F*** you democrats!!!

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@Jim H. - Virginia US You always find and post the coolest most informative stuff!

DRTice
DRTice

Everyone show up to work wearing one. refuse to work without it. What are they going to do violate your right to protect yourself and your family?


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