NYC jails don't have enough supplies amid COVID-19 concerns: COBA president

PIX11 Web Team

By: PIX11 Web Team NEW YORK — After a Department of Correction investigator died from coronavirus, the president of the correction officers' union says New York City jails simply don't have the amount of supplies they need to keep staff and inmates safe.

"We still don't have enough supplies," President of the Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association Elias Husamudeen told PIX11 Tuesday. "We still don't have enough gloves, we don't have enough masks, we don't have sanitizer," he continued.

"We don't have the ability to work from home. We have 5,400 people in our custody and we have to be there," Husamudeen said.

"So far we've been lucky," the COBA president said, noting that thus far there have been no confirmed cases of inmates testing positive for COVID-19 in New York City jails.

"But the environment that we're in, we shouldn't have had to fight just to have them suspend visits, because all we need is one case," he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio officially suspended visitation for inmates at NYC Department of Correction facilities. The move came after Husamudeen and COBA called for the action to be taken the week before.