Two York prison employees on leave amid investigation

The state Department of Correction has placed two York Correctional Institution employees on leave as it investigates whether each person “violated policy governing employee conduct."

In an email, DOC spokeswoman Karen Martucci said one employee of the Niantic facility is a captain while the other is a correctional officer. She said officials placed the captain on administrative paid leave Feb. 23 and placed the officer on the same the following day.

A state DOC employee handbook lists more than 30 behaviors as ones that are prohibited among employees. Those behaviors range from sleeping while on duty and destroying documents to using threatening language and engaging in "undue familiarity" with inmates.

Martucci would not elaborate on which behaviors are being investigated in this case.

It was the second investigation the DOC launched at York last month. On Feb. 15, DOC officials announced they were looking into why an inmate gave birth inside her cell Feb. 13.

The DOC in that case asked two employees of Correctional Managed Health Care to stay home from work pending the results of the investigation. Correctional Managed Health Care is a UConn Health agency that provides medical services for the DOC.

The Day has filed Freedom of Information requests for the names of all four public employees.

l.boyle@theday.com

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