State Inspector General

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Prisons around the state continue to face closer scrutiny following last summer's escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. State and federal probes are already underway. But a growing number of lawmakers now say violence behind bars and the breakdown in security mean more oversight is needed.

Beatings, escapes, attacks on guards, and an alleged murder

Intense emotions at Joyce Mitchell's sentencing

Sep 29, 2015
Clinton County Sheriff's Department

Joyce Mitchell got the maximum range of two and a third to seven years behind bars. There was both relief and anger in the Clinton County courtroom in Plattsburgh yesterday when Mitchell was formally sentenced.

The state Inspector General's office has issued a report that largely clears the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry of any wrongdoing surrounding the use of a forensics lab at the college.

The Onondaga County District Attorney's office rose concerns in April about Syracuse Police forensic evidence used in several shooting cases. That prompted the state forensics commission to ask the Inspector General to conduct the investigation.