In November, the New York state corrections department suspended Peter A. Mastrantonio, an officer at Southport Correctional Facility, who said he “instinctively” punched an inmate, Jonathan Rosado, above, center, in the face several times. Mr. Mastrantonio has been named in 17 brutality lawsuits, costing the state $673,000 in settlements, including $175,000 each to Marc Payne, left, and Tony Tacheau, right.
James Ford, an officer at a women’s prison, was investigated by the internal affairs unit four times between 2008 and 2012 on suspicion of sexual assault but was allowed to remain in his job. He was eventually caught on surveillance video having sex with an inmate and tipping his hat to the camera. Mr. Ford, 65, impregnated the inmate, 24. A department investigator, Linda Carrington-Allen, later testified that despite finding “strong evidence” that Mr. Ford had previously sexually assaulted inmates, she could not order him transferred because of contract protections. He was ultimately convicted of rape; the state settled a civil suit in the case for $895,000. Read more below.