NYS closes seventh prison, moves inmates and staff

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state has closed the Arthur Kill
Correctional Facility on Staten Island, the seventh prison, camp or
work release facility shuttered in 2011 as New York transferred
several thousand inmates and staff to its 60 remaining sites to try
to save millions of dollars.

The Cuomo administration has also closed medium-security Mid-Orange in the lower Hudson Valley and Oneida Correctional in
central New York as the inmate population has continued a decade-long decline to the current 56,000.

Four minimum-security facilities were shut: Buffalo Work Release in Erie County, Camp Georgetown in Madison County, Summit Shock in
Schoharie County and Fulton Work Release in the Bronx.

Data show 1,449 of the 1,706 staff transferred within the department or to other agencies, 131 were laid off, 95 retired and some resigned.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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