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Inmate sneaks back into jail; security breach raises safety concerns

Posted at 10:39 PM, Mar 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-02 22:39:04-05

RIKERS ISLAND (PIX11)– Concern is growing over the security, or lack thereof, on Rikers Island.

A former inmate somehow managed to get past security checkpoints, gain access into the building and even speak to some inmates.

He posed as a corrections officer using a fake shield and ID card.

The 36-year-old convicted sex offender did this not once, but several times in one week.

The security breach poses a bigger question, could weapons slip through the cracks and make their way into jails?

According to Norman Seabrook, the President of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, the lack of security is a direct result of spending cuts made by the Department of Corrections.

Seabrook says he has never seen a breach this bad during his time with COBA.

He mostly blames the mayor and his lack of concern of safety of inmates as well as New Yorkers as a whole.