ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Officials say six New York state correctional facilities will close next March in a cost-saving move amid declining inmate populations.
More than 1,700 people work at the six upstate New York facilities, and there are more than 1,400 inmates.
Inmates will be sent to other locations, and no layoffs are expected. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said it will work with unions to provide staffers at the facilities with transfer opportunities.
The facilities scheduled for closure March 10 are:
- Downstate Correctional Facility, Dutchess County
- Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, Essex County
- Ogdensburg Correctional Facility, St. Lawrence County
- Southport Correctional Facility, Chemung County
- Rochester Correctional Facility, Monroe County
- Willard Drug Treatment Campus, Seneca County
The NYSCOPBA union President Michael Powers released the following statement after Monday’s announcement:
“If people have been paying attention to the past decade of poor decisions made by our elected leaders in Albany, today’s news shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. The State’s progressive policies are costly and need to be funded somehow.
“Sadly it’s at the expense of the hard-working men and women of NYSCOPBA. The numbers tell the real story; despite closing over two dozen facilities the past 10 years, violent attacks on our members have doubled and yet nothing is being done to address it. Where is the reinvestment in the facilities to make these prisons safer working environments?
“My heart goes out to all of the individuals whose lives have been severely impacted by this announcement and know that our organization will hold the department accountable every step of the way. At some point, the State needs to realize that these choices are more than just buildings and tax-saving measures, these are life-altering decisions that upend lives and destroy communities.”