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Once again the state of New York is playing a dangerous game with correction officers' safety. While the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision administrators continue making mindless decisions, they are putting their heads in the sand and ignoring the safety of their staff. While the bean counters are smiling and slapping each other on the back, the correction officers are dealing with increased assaults and increases physical injuries; some even career ending.

In its latest move of Russian-roulette and bean counting, the DOCCS recently closed four more housing units due to staff shortage. The department is in a current free-fall and is degrading a once proud correctional system. Someone needs to look out for the fine men and women who enter the prison facilities every day and go to work.

Vinny Blasio

Lake View