- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York corrections commissioner says prison officials want to introduce pepper spray to deescalate confrontations between officers and inmates.

Commissioner Anthony Annucci tells lawmakers at a budget hearing Thursday that it’s used in many other jurisdictions to safely defuse a situation.

The corrections department also has de-escalation training that’s being shared with employee unions for feedback before rewritten policies are put out.

Sen. Richard Funke, a Monroe County Republican, says prison parolees have been accused of murder, rape and other crimes in his region, that people believe the parole system is cracked.

He says 30 parole officers with three vehicles in Rochester are responsible for 1,200 parolees.

Annucci says authorities are screening for “high risk” parolees there, putting GPS trackers on them and in an initiative rounded up absconders.

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