Gov. Cuomo Closing Prisons To Save State Funds

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.

Should these prisons be closed? Sound off in our comments section below…

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  • nick

    you all miss the point , so much hate and it grows everyday , now that prisons are closing no prison officers will lose their jobs , they will just move, but since the state is going to double bunk all facilities , that will mean more RAPES,MURDERS,CUTTINGS,ASUALTS.
    You all asked for this and you have it , hope your loved ones which go to jail have a good time , because the state employees which just had to leave their families to keep their job are not going to really care what happens in these jails any more.

    • MJR

      I work for the New York State Department of Corrections. The employees are not being simply moved. Thousands will lose their jobs because of this. And not only Corrections Officers. Stop being so ignorant. No aspect of this is going to be good. ANd they won’t save any of this money. They’ll just spend it in other ways.

  • nathan

    Why Dan this is a side to you Ive never experienced before. For shame!


    Victimless crimes, doesn’t make any sense why prisons are filled up with them. I agree totally about these CO’s let them try to find jobs elsewhere, the protection of inmates was done ineffectively, (FIRED) OR CLOSED DOWN) They should’ve been closed long ago. . They risked their lives????? they created the environments these prisoners were in. It should’ve been a place to serve time learn from mistakes educate then leave a turned around man. We know what goes on in prisons inhumane treatment of human beings, and what comes out, whether you worked or served time, at times depraved worse off individuals?. Think about that while you’re on the employment line. Turn your head like you did to others suffering in these prisons and see how society will turn theis. .Closings, that’s Karma.

    • Christine

      Where do you get your information about CO’s and Prison? OZ? You are completely ignorant on the subject. They are given chances to rehabilitate. They are given counseling, high quality medical care the you and I will never get close too, and access to educations if they are willing to participate. As for victimless crimes, Mid Orange recently housed a man who microwaved a baby because it wouldn’t stop crying.. another who threw a 4 year old off the top of a building you think they can be rehabilitated? Can you come talk to them you seem to have ALL the answers.. BTW I’M NOT AN OFFICER.

      My point in protecting CO’s is not everyone is an a$$hole portrayed on TV. Many are very hard working men and women who do put their lives on the line every day protecting other officers AND other prisoners from what can happen in prison. They deserve as much respect as any other officer. They did not create the prison system they simply work in it.

      • MJR

        You are very accurate. Most CO’s are hard working men and women who are grossly underpaid for what they do. CO’s are outnumbered 6-1 in most prisons. Take into consideration who they’re dealing with, and who they need to keep control of, and do you wonder why they’re hardened and callous at times?

    • MJR

      Have you ever worked in a prison? I do. I’ve lost good friends and co workers who have died doing their jobs, protecting inmates from the reality of prison life. The state government has created the environment, not the CO’s. The CO’s go in, do their jobs, and go home. No. They’re not perfect, and some do very bad things. But risk their lives, they do. Every time they report for duty. There is never a victimless crime. Ever. Every crime that takes place leaves someone hurt. Even if it’s not obvious. There is ALWAYS a victim.

  • David Lund

    There are still too many people imprisoned for “crimes without victims”, ie, drug possession offenses. The way to win the drug war and save money doing it, is to replace enforcement with treatment and education.

    • Steve

      Crimes without victims?????Are you kidding me? EVERY CRIME HAS A VICTIM SOMEPLACE. And we have treatment and education and STILL have crimes with victims and always will. Wake up..

  • Christine

    it’s sad how they say this is going to save new york state millions yet neglect to say how the corrections officers who have been displaced due to this mess have been without a contract for over 2 years.
    That is 2 years with no raises, for a job that includes watching rapists and murderers in small quarters where they generally out number you 5 to1 and your only protection is your own to hands.

    Where are the stories about that? Where are the stories about how the state has kept the salaries of corrections officers at the same level for 5 years.. and I’m not talking about Lieutenant and Sargent pay I’m talking about the REAL workers.. the guys in the pits… the guys mixing it up everyday… you know the guys holding down two jobs or killing themselves on OT trying to support the family of 4 on $1200 every two weeks…

    Where is NYSCOBA? why aren’t they in front of the media screaming for justice for their members?

    • Christine

      I’m not an Officer.. but your way with words is brilliant. you are truly enlightening.

    • Greg

      These so-called “correction officers” are uneducated parasites who need to be paid welfare in the amount of $1500 a month at most. Also, they should have no pension whatsoever. $1800 is the current bi-weekly salary of a skilled engineer with the Master’s degree who is designing the new industrial products, $1200 is too much for a prison guard.

      • DanTe

        I don’t know about Greg. But I did my time in the job market – that’s how you parasites gets to suck off my tax dollars.

      • Christine

        So where did you do time Greg?

      • MJR

        Those uneducated parasites have a pretty nasty job. I wouldn’t want to have to keep control of rapists, murderers, pedophiles, drug dealers, have urine and feces thrown on me by sick and diseased inmates, etc. Until you’ve worked the prison, and you’ve gone through what the officers go through on a daily basis to feed their families, maybe you should stick to what you know.

  • David Lund

    DanTe, your ignorance is showing. In New York State, criminals are barred from voting until the completion of their parole.

  • Barre Flynn

    Arthur Kill and Mid Orange are two of the closet prisons to NYC. If the inmates of these prisons are shipped farther north and away from the city it will make it harder for family to visit their loved ones. It is a fact that when prisoners get regular visits they are less likely to re-offend when they get out. At least Arthur Kill should be kept. The NYS DOC does everything it can to make it hard for relatives to keep in contact with their loved ones.

    • michael s

      The convict should not be having any visits. They should transfer the convict further away from the welfare family.

  • DanTe

    The LIB T URD has to appease his major voting block: CRIMINALS.

    • Michael H.

      Ah, DanTe. So clever with words. I hope you didn’t strain yourself too hard thinking up that one.

      • DanTe

        Ah, Michae H. So clever with words. I hope you didn’t strain yourself too hard thinking up that one.

        Actually I know you didn’t. That stupid little line of yours has been so over used by the brainless, it’s practically a badge of honor for imbecility.

      • nathan

        You wake up on a beautiful Sat morning and first thing go online to check so you can come back at him Dan? God you really are a loser. What if you really had a life…

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