Report: New York Prisons Have Thousands Of Excess Beds

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A review of state records has found that New York’s prisons are running at about 88 percent capacity.

Gannett’s Albany bureau was reporting that state prisons have as many as 8,000 excess beds at the system’s 67 facilities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo planned to lower the excess bed count by 3,700 to save the state roughly $72 million. Up to six prisons may be closed.

State officials said the number of empty beds can be misleading.

The state Department of Correctional Services said that nearly 2,500 of the open beds are considered “restricted vacancies.” Those beds need to be kept open to move in prisoners who may get sick, have mental-health issues or become a security risk.

Another 1,700 beds must be retained in case of fluctuations in the prison population.

Do you side with Gov. Cuomo’s goal of reducing the number of prison beds? Leave a comment below…

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  • Scott

    These prisons should not be closed. Now you will have over crowding in other prisons. This will start rioting. And let’s not forget the officers that work in these prisons, they will be relocated and there lives will be up rooted. Gov. Como keep these prisons open.

  • starkist

    only a idiot would say there is a NON VIOLENT drug dealers or offenders, how many lives have they distroyed with thier drugs and they prey on kids , they need to be put in jail and should have to work while there. As long as everyone beleives the state is saving money this will go on until everyones family is in some way is harmed.

  • jerseyjoey

    Someone did not tell me that the jails must have let out the minority population for dead beat dad and drug offences to save on operating expenses.

  • Vinny

    The police have to arrest more minorities and fill up the prison.

    • MIKE



      • jerseyjoey

        Oh what a submorronic arse comment by a liberal traitor wing dingdope.

  • Peter

    Well lets start locking more people up and we can start with Chris Christie & Bloomberg!!!!

  • MIKE



  • Buck Keely

    Don’t close prisions, arrest more murders, rapist and thieves.
    Heirloom Seed, “How God plants His garden.”

  • Johnny E Sells

    I agree with you 100%

  • Marina Ios

    there are 2 more to be occupied right away, no delays, didnt you read the news this morning
    1. bus driver with no license driving all over queens
    2. illegal chinese, pretending to be crazy, took out womans lungs and heart
    instead of waisting time in courts , fill the 2 beds right away
    one more idea:
    make them work also, why not?
    people who need assistance with food stamps must clean parks, streets etc, and these illegal criminals sleep and eat for nothing?

  • John B

    Look out burnt out turn signal bandit!

  • Sleep Well

    You should fill the beds with the crooked politicians, lawyers, cops and other public servants (yeah right) who run (lack of better words) the state.

  • Michael H.

    Uh oh. Better start imprisoning more non-violent drug offenders so our prisons don’t start going out of business!

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