Unions Say Gov. Cuomo Wrong On Juvenile Prisons

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state’s juvenile detention system was in need of overhaul and shouldn’t be used only to satisfy public employee unions.

Unions representing staff counter that many incarcerated juveniles have already failed in community programs, have psychological issues, criminal histories and can be violent. The unions say they get nutrition, medical care, psychological attention and education in the state-run detention centers.

Cuomo said the 25 youth prisons where nearly 600 juveniles are incarcerated are ineffective, expensive and kept mainly to preserve jobs.

It costs more than $200,000 a year for each juvenile, most far from their downstate homes. Nine out of 10 will later end up back in juvenile custody or prison, he said.

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  • Mohamed

    Why these social problems only happen in America?

    • Joanne Walsh

      Because Mohamed. New York state does not have a correctional system, it;s an employment system. Their is no economy in upstate New York but prisons. Beds must remain full so the correctional staff has jobs. It’s all about money. These kids can be rehabilitated. New York has 68 prison for 58,000 inmates when California has 37 for 150.000. It’s all about jobs. The correctional unions of course will say this. How they sleep at night I have no clue. Wait until one of their loved ones in in the system for something stupid. Then they will think differently.

  • Fred

    NYS simply can’t afford to incarcerate criminals.

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