On July 6, 2016, dozens of officers at the Mid-State Correctional Facility, outside Utica, conducted an unannounced -- and inexcusably violent -- raid on the prison's inmates. More than 30 prisoners suffered injuries, according to a report in the New York Times, including broken ribs, broken noses, contusions, and forced sodomy.
Earlier this summer, President Obama's administration made it illegal for juveniles within the federal prison system to be placed in solitary confinement. New York State and New York City jails ban the practice as well. Yet just last month, the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office, in Syracuse, came under fire for subjecting 16- and 17-year olds to "extended and arbitrary" solitary confinement, sometimes for periods that last several consecutive months.