Snyder stands with prison guards, urges removal of heavy boots from inmates

HARRISBURG, Feb. 28 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, supports prison guards’ efforts to confiscate and ban certain inmate footwear in the state prison system, following the death of a corrections officer attacked at the State Correctional Institution in Somerset County.

Sgt. Mark J. Baserman died earlier this week from injuries he sustained in the Feb. 15 attack, where he was hit and repeatedly kicked in the head by an inmate wearing heavy-soled work boots purchased through the prison’s commissary.

“I stand with the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association in asking that Timberland-style boots or similar footwear be prohibited for inmates in our correctional facilities,” Snyder said. “That type of footwear should have never been accessible to inmates to begin with.”

In honor of Baserman, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday ordered that the state flag be flown at half-staff at the Capitol and all commonwealth facilities in Somerset County until sunset the day of his funeral.

“Our officers are dedicated to protecting our communities and in turn, we should protect them in any way we can,” Snyder added. “Sergeant Baserman is a hero.”