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MALONE — Three officers from the Franklin Correctional Facility were treated for minor injuries at the Alice Hyde Medical Center following an inmate assault at the prison Wednesday, the union of corrections officers said Monday.

A sergeant at the facility was interviewing inmate Jay Smith, 25, in an office when Mr. Smith became “loud, agitated and aggressive,” and jumped across a desk to grab him, according to a press release from the New York State Corrections Officers Police Benevolent Association. The two wrestled, with Mr. Smith making a break for the door when an officer just outside came in to check out the commotion.

The two were able to force Mr. Smith to the ground while another officer handcuffed him, the release said.

All three staff members were treated at the prison infirmary and then transferred to Alice Hyde. The two officers sustained “shoulder and arm injuries” while the sergeant’s injuries were only described in the release as minor.

Mr. Smith is serving four years after being convicted in Niagra County in 2011 for second-degree attempted burglary. He has a past history of assaulting staff, according to the union. Following the incident in the Franklin prison, he was transferred to Upstate Correctional Facility.

The assault comes on the heels of two assaults at the facility two weeks prior when four corrections officers were injured, one sustaining a concussion after hitting her head on a concrete floor.

Union President Donn Rowe said he believes that the rise in assaults directly correlates with prison closures across the state.

The press release cites Department of Correction and Community Supervision statistics that show an increase of 121 assaults between 2012 and 2013, reaching a five-year high.

“Each day our members put their lives on the line to protect public safety and the environment in which they work is becoming increasingly more violent and that is unacceptable,” Mr. Rowe said.

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