More questions from inmate’s mother after Ogdensburg prison visit Saturday


More questions from inmate’s mother after Ogdensburg prison visit Saturday

pOGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Correctional Facility inmate who was allegedly beaten by corrections officers last week, a href=”http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news05/frantic-mother-seeking-information-on-her-inmate-son-stonewalled-by-state-prison-system-20160324″according to his mother/a, has been transferred from the medium security prison to a maximum security prison in Malone and she wants to know why./ppJeannine Chambers told the Times on March 23 that her son Majere L. Smikle was assaulted by guards after he was led from a disciplinary hearing for a violation of visitation rules./ppMr. Smikle has been incarcerated since June 2008. He is serving a 12-year sentence for first-degree burglary. His earliest release date is April 2019, according to the state Department of Corrections. /ppOn Saturday, Mrs. Chambers went to see her son after New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association President a href=”http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news05/union-official-says-inmate-wasnt-assaulted-by-ogdensburg-correctional-guards-20160325″Michael B. Powers said her allegations were unfounded/a following discussions with four different people that Mr. Powers said had firsthand knowledge of the situation./pp“Everything the people at the Department of Corrections tell me is a lie. I don’t like what is going on,” Mrs. Chambers said./ppMr. Powers said Mr. Smikle was not assaulted by guards or anyone else at the Ogdensburg prison. Instead, he said the incident was fabricated by Mr. Smikle and another inmate. He said Mr. Smikle complained of a scraped elbow and asked to be taken to the prison infirmary./ppBut Mrs. Chambers said she went to visit her son at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Riverview Correctional Facility, where he was being treated in the infirmary for injuries he sustained to his ribs during the alleged assault./pp“He couldn’t sit; he couldn’t really eat anything. I normally spend 20 to 30 minutes feeding him but he couldn’t eat,” Mrs. Chambers said. “He said, ‘Mom, I hurt too much to eat.’ And I saw my son cry when I was leaving.”/ppShe added that her son had been taken to Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center where he had chest X-rays done. She is waiting for release forms to arrive in the mail so that she can get copies of those X-rays, she said. /ppDuring her visit, she said her son confided in her that when he was beaten it was by two corrections officers and a civilian employee. /pp“He stated to me Saturday when I visited him, ‘Ma, they are gonna beat me when I get up outta here. You gotta do something for me to get me out of here. Please! They are killing me!’” Mrs. Chambers said, her voice shaky./ppShe said she departed in a state of anger, wondering how her son could be treated this way./pp“I told him I was going to fight this to the end,” Mrs. Chambers said. “I told him, ‘I love you, keep your mind strong and pray.’ He said, ‘Ma, I’m gonna try.’”/ppBut when she called to check on his condition Tuesday, she learned that her son had been transferred to Upstate Correctional Facility in Malone. According to the DOCCS website, Mr. Smikle is now listed as being housed in the maximum security prison./pp“Why in the world was he sent to a maximum security and not a medium security, because that is his classification?” Mrs. Chambers asked. She said she spoke with a counselor at Upstate Correctional Facility who told her that her son was still complaining of rib pain./pp“She advised him to make a sick call so that he could go to the infirmary to be looked at,” Mrs. Chambers said. “I informed her that she would get a daily call from me and that someone would be there every week.”/ppMeanwhile, Mrs. Chambers said her son was removed from the prison’s general population as punishment for his alleged visitation violation. She said he has been “thrown in the hole” for 90 days, where he is let out of isolation for an hour a day and is only allowed one visitor a week./pp“All they are doing is giving me the runaround,” Mrs. Chambers said. “These people beat my son and they think they can sweep it under the rug. No! I am trying to get a pro bono lawyer to cover this case because I am on a fixed income. I don’t know what else to do.”/ppAccording to an email from DOCCS spokesman Thomas Mailey Tuesday, “DOCCS’ Office of Special Investigations (OSI) has an on-going investigation into an allegation and therefore DOCCS has no comment at this time.”/p
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More questions from inmate’s mother after Ogdensburg prison visit Saturday

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