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New York to shut down three state prisons

New York to shut down three state prisons
Watertown Correctional Facility and Gowanda Correctional Facilities and the Clinton Annex — which currently house 1,486 people behind bars with a collective capacity of 2,753 — are expected to shutter by March 30, officials said on Monday.

Watertown Correctional Facility (New York Senate) Watertown Correctional Facility and Gowanda Correctional Facilities and the Clinton Annex — which currently house 1,486 people behind bars with a collective capacity of 2,753 — are expected to shutter by March 30, Corrections Department spokesman Thomas Mailey said on Tuesday.” The decision came after a review of the state’s 52 correctional facilities, and was based on a number of factors, including physical infrastructure, program offerings, facility security level, specialized medical and mental health services, as well as other facilities in the area to minimize the impact to staff.The budget gave the governor the power to shutter correctional facilities as long as he gives state legislative leaders at least 90 days’ notice — a much shorter period than the one-year notification required by state law.Three New York state prisons are slated to shutter by next spring, officials said Monday — a cost-cutting measure that will save the state millions, yet has many Republican lawmakers up in arms over concerns about job losses.

The move will save the state $89 million a year, Mailey added, noting that the agency does not anticipate any layoffs as a result of the shutdowns.“We welcome these prison closures, but know that far more needs to be done to reduce the state prison population at a time when record-breaking numbers of incarcerated people are infected with COVID-19.

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