Brazen Escape Isn't the Only Troubling Thing About N.Y. Prison

A ccording to one report, The upstate New York prison under scrutiny after two inmates hack-sawed their way to freedom this month has earned a hardcore reputation for a history of "staff violence, brutality and abuse." About 91 percent of inmates at Clinton Correctional Facility in the tiny village of Dannemora are serving time for violent crimes. The nonprofit Correctional Association of New York claims that with an inmate population of nearly 3,000, conditions within the state's largest prison — nicknamed Little Siberia for its remote location — are bleak. The perils of prison are apparently heightened by an environment that fosters alleged racial and verbal harassment, threats, false tickets and retaliation by officers, the Correctional Association of New York said in its report, which has gained renewed interest in the past week.