The two men say the assaults happened during lockdown at a prison in New York State. They are suing the state for damages over the beatings and torture.

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According to CNN, the prison went into lockdown status on October 7, 2023, due to a prisoner allegedly assaulting a guard. Both men have filed separate lawsuits against the state regarding the incident at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville.

Charles Wright and Eugene Taylor were allegedly beaten, waterboarded - where their noses and mouths were covered as water was poured over their faces to simulate the feeling of drowning, and pepper sprayed while they were in their cells. The attorney for both men, Bruce Barket, said,

It’s pure unadulterated torture for no good reason. This can’t be a technique that the Department of Corrections uses for its own private enforcement of discipline.

Wright and Taylor faced disciplinary hearings after the incidents. Wright was found guilty of assaulting staff and having contraband. Taylor was accused of gang activity. His disciplinary hearing never finished.

Top 7 Weapons Confiscated From Inmates In NY Prisons

Violence in prisons is a reality. Even minimum security prisons and jails have their share of violent incidents. Even though inmates are not permitted to have weapons, they manage to get their hands on them one way or another. Sometimes they are smuggled in by visitors, sometimes they are stolen, and sometimes they are handmade by prisoners. Regardless of where they originate, weapons in prisons can cause serious harm or death.

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These Are The Top 7 Weapons Seized From Inmates In New York State Prisons

When it comes to weapons found on prisoners in 2022 (the most recent data provided by the DOCCS), there was no shortage, especially when it comes to cutting weapons.

7. Can Lid - 156 Confiscated in 2022

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6. Scalpel/Exacto Blade - 168 Confiscated in 2022

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5. Ice Pick - 327 Confiscated in 2022

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4. Toothbrush - 328 Confiscated in 2022

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3. Razor Blade - 394 Confiscated in 2022

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2. Shank - 406 Confiscated in 2022

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1. Cutting Instrument - 483 Confiscated in 2022

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13 Of New York State's Most Wanted Criminals- January 2024

Below are individuals wanted by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's (DOCCS) Office of Special Investigations who have been designated as its Most Wanted Fugitives. They should be considered armed and dangerous. This list is current as of 1/01/2024:

NEVER attempt to apprehend a fugitive yourself. If you have information on the location of any of these fugitives, you can contact OSI 24 hours a day / 7 days a week to report it. All leads and tips are treated as confidential information.

If an immediate response is necessary, such as you see the wanted person at a location, please call “911” and report it to the police.

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