Authorities in Essex County, N.J., were investigating the suspicious death this weekend of an inmate at the county jail.
Sheriff Michael Sposato says the other inmate involved in the jailhouse quarrel could face charges.
Inmate Justin Peggs says he feared the pit bull would attack him too as he wrestled it off Kathleen James and held it down.
Cuomo’s office says they will close in 60 days, eliminating approximately 3,800 unused prison beds and saving the state $72 million this year and $112 million next year. Remaining inmates will be transferred.
Authorities said the escape was not planned, but rather Jose Garcia just decided to start climbing the fence surrounding the exercise yard at the Riverhead Long Island Correctional Facility.
Prosecutors say Bonilla strangled Derrick West Harris of Newark, a 51-year-old barber who’d been brought to the Delaney Hall correctional facility two days earlier in May 2009 for unpaid traffic tickets.
The district attorney wants a review of conditions at Long Island’s Nassau County Jail after four inmate suicides in a year.
The Newark Police Department’s Internal Affairs bureau and the Essex County Prosecutor’s Officer have launched investigations into Tyron Benson’s death.
Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cynthia Scott said 25-year-old Ryan C. Natusch of Atlantic Highlands has been charged with conspiracy to possess heroin.
A former Nassau County correction officer already accused of raping and sexually abusing female inmates pleaded not guilty to a new round of criminal charges.