New York prisons

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Analysis: Changes Help Push NY’s Prison Rolls Down

Nearly 40 years after tough new drug laws led to an explosion in prison rolls, New York state has dramatically reversed course, chalking up a 62 percent drop in people serving time for drug crimes today compared with 2000, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal analysis.


Prison Cell Block - Credit: AP

NY Prisons Have As Many As 8,000 Excess Beds

A review of state records has found that New York’s prisons are running at about 88 percent capacity.