MARCY, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Marcy Correctional Facility in central New York was put on lockdown Friday after corrections officers found 90 makeshift weapons during searches of the dormitories.
Following a tip, officers searched dividers in the dorms, turning up 14 weapons on Wednesday. Subsequent searches uncovered another 52 weapons that evening, triggering a lockdown.
Further searches on Thursday unveiled another 38 weapons, bringing the total to 90.
Investigators are quoted saying this high number of weapons points to an ever-increasing violent climate inside state correctional facilities. They further lay the blame on overcrowding, due to prison closures.