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Gov. Cuomo Closing Prisons To Save State Funds

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP)Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will close seven state prisons, camps and work release facilities to save money as New York’s inmate population keeps declining.

The list includes four minimum-security facilities for men: Buffalo Work Release in Erie County, Camp Georgetown in Madison County, Summit Shock in Schoharie County and Fulton Work Release in the Bronx.

Three medium-security prisons closing are Arthur Kill on Staten Island, Mid-Orange in Orange County and the Oneida Correctional Facility in Oneida County.

Cuomo’s office says they will close in 60 days, eliminating approximately 3,800 unused prison beds and saving the state $72 million this year and $112 million next year. Remaining inmates will be transferred.

New York’s prison population has declined since 1999 from 71,600 to about 56,000.

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