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Here’s one of the raw truths of being a reporter. Sometimes you tell stories — hopefully rich, involved, compelling stories — and it’s like dropping a stone down a deep well. Maybe you hear a little distant plink. ...
The Albany Times Union is reporting today that state officials believe they have a buyer for the former Camp Gabriels correctional facility north of Saranac Lake. “[NY] offficials earlier on Monday opened the seven bids they got and topping...
The North Country’s largest single economic force is the local, state and federal prison system which has evolved here over the last quarter century. Despite the closure of two facilities — in Gabriels and Lyon Mountain —...
News stories tagged with "corrections"
Dec 17, 2008 — Governor Paterson want to cut more than 1,300 jobs from the state prison system over the next year. That includes corrections officers and civilian workers. The massive downsizing plan would mothball inmate work camps and prison farms across the North Country, including Camp Gabriels north of Saranac Lake, Mount McGregor in Saratoga County, and part of Clinton Correctional in Dannemora. The Governor also wants to use parole and alternative-sentencing programs to shrink the number of inmates behind bars. Brian Mann reports has details. Go to full article
Oct 03, 2008 — More than a hundred soldiers with New York's National Guard came home to the North Country yesterday, arriving in buses at armories in Gloversville and Morrisonville. The homecoming follows a year-long deployment in Afghanistan. The men served in the southern region of the war-torn country, at a time when fighting there was intensifying. As Brian Mann reports, for many of these soldiers this was a second or even a third deployment. Go to full article
May 16, 2008 — Prisons are a significant part of the economy and of the cultural fabric of the North Country. Some families have been working as corrections officers for three generations. Some communities are known as prison towns. And in other parts of New York, our region is sometimes called "Little Siberia" because of its network of state and federal prisons. New York Times reporter Adam Liptak says those prisons are worth a second look. In a new series of articles called "The American Exception," he raises challenging questions about our society's prison policies. Liptak spoke about his reporting in-depth with Brian Mann. Go to full article
Jan 14, 2008 — The Spitzer administration announced on Friday plans to close four New York prisons, including two in the North Country. Camp McGregor in Saratoga County and Camp Gabriels north of Saranac Lake, both minimum security facilities, are both slated to close in 2009. At least 130 jobs will be lost in Franklin County alone. As Brian Mann reports, local officials were shocked by the decision, which came with no advance notice. Go to full article
Apr 04, 2007 — Here in the North Country, we're surrounded by neighbors most of us never see. Thousands of prison inmates live invisibly in Malone, the Tri-Lakes, Dannemora, Ogdensburg and a half-dozen other towns. In the late 1980s, the novelist and filmmaker Richard Stratton spent more than a year at the Federal prison in Ray Brook, following his conviction for smuggling large quantities of marijuana. Stratton wrote about the experience for the latest issue of Adirondack Life magazine and he spoke with Brian Mann. Go to full article
May 02, 2006 — Dozens of women and children were stranded Sunday night at a rest stop on the Northway. They were visiting inmates at north country prisons. The chartered bus broke down Sunday evening and the family-members were left stranded until mid-day on Monday, when a replacemente bus picked them up. State police fed and cared for at least thirty-five people, most from New York City. The owners of the bus company couldn't be reached for comment. Brian Mann spoke Monday with Danielle from Astoria Queens, who declined to give her last name. Go to full article
by Greg Warner
Feb 16, 2006 — Today, inmates around New York State will pick up the phone to call their families - collect, as always. But this time, families will refuse to accept the charges. It's a one-day boycott to protest the high rates charged by the phone company MCI. MCI has had an exclusive contract to provide phone service for inmates since 1999. Rates for the prisoners' collect calls are more than six times higher than regular consumer rates. Inmates can only call collect, and the charges add up for families on the other end. Advocates say that these high rates threaten inmates' family ties - a crucial bulwark against recidivism. They're also critical of the contract deal. MCI gives over half the profits to the state. Advocates call that a kickback scheme. But the contract is set to expire at the end of March, and the State Senate appears set to make a change. Gregory Warner reports. Go to full article