Prison is no party. Not unless you know the right people, that is.
in New York City, the Bureau Chief of Department of Corrections Facility Operations and the chaplain of the Manhattan Detention Complex have resigned after helping a prisoner arrange a bar mitzvah — inside the prison.
Approximately 60 guests arrived at the detention center, known as “The Tombs,” for prisoner Tuvia Stern’s son’s bar mitzvah, which included catered kosher food and a live band, according to an investigation by the New York Post.
Apparently the party was such as smash that Stern held his daughter’s engagement party in the prison a few months later.
Peter Curcio, the corrections official, resigned Monday; Rabbi Lieb Glanz resigned Tuesday.
The New York Department of Investigation has launched a probe into the coordination of the events, citing preferential treatment, special treatment, special visits, special meals and special-access calls.
Guests at the melee were allowed to use cell-phone inside the facilities, which are normally off-limits.
Manhattan’s District Attorney’s Office has launched a probe into possible criminal conduct involving the bar mitzvah, focusing on whether Department of Correction officials may have received money, The New York Times reported.
Norman Seabrook, president of the Corrections Officers Benevolence Association, issued a statement saying, “it is imperative for a new team of leadership to take over, clean house, and immediately restore accountability, which has been absent for too long.”.
Stern was serving a two-and-a-half year sentence for first-degree grand larceny, after spending two decades as a fugitive.