TROY — Correction officers at Rensselaer County Jail pushed to register inmates to vote in last
fall's primary and general election as part of an effort to unseat Sheriff Jack Mahar.
State and federal law enforcement agencies have launched broad investigations into the activities of the correction officers, including whether their initiative to garner inmates' votes violated state or federal laws.
The probes are part of a broader investigation that began when a group of
correction officers accused their labor leaders of fraud and looting
union dues for personal use
.The I.R.S and U.S. Attorney's office are involved in the investigation, according to two people briefed on the matter. The investigations follow years of
documented civil rights violations inside the county correctional
facility, including systemic beatings of prisoners, strip-search
In: Regional News
Tags: corruption, voting, democrats, republicans, politics, inmates
Location: Schenectady, New York, United States (load item map)
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