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 —...
Feb 03, 2004 — At a legislative budget hearing, State Prisons Commissioner Glen Goord defended a proposal by Governor Pataki's Administration to close three prisons. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Oct 28, 2003 — Governor Pataki defended the lack of progress in achieving reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, at an announcement to expand drug treatment programs to 17 counties and New York City. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 27, 2003 — The New York State Lobbying Commission issued its largest fine ever against a prison services company for failing to file a truthful lobbying report and for giving free rides and gifts to some lawmakers. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 20, 2003 — The State Lobbying Commission took depositions Wednesday from officials of the Correctional Services Corporation. The commission is looking into whether the prison services company broke the state?s lobbying laws by giving free rides and other perks to some lawmakers. Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
Feb 13, 2003 — A new study released by the Sentencing Project, a Washington-based think tank, says prisons offer little long-term economic benefit to rural communities. The group analyzed income and unemployment data in 14 rural, upstate counties over 25 years. Their findings suggest that counties without prisons have actually done better economically than counties with prisons. Martha Foley talks with Mark Mauer, assistant director of the Sentencing Project and a co-author of the study. Go to full article
May 02, 2002 — State officials say they plan to bring taxpayer funded college programs back to New York's prisons. Inmate classes were cut by Governor Pataki nearly a decade ago. As Brian Mann reports, the new program will be paid for by the Federal government. Go to full article
Jan 14, 2002 — Governor Pataki has breathed new life into a perennial proposal. He says in his state of the state speech that reform of the Rockefeller drug laws will be a top priority this year. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Jan 03, 2002 — Governor Pataki is expected to unveil significant budget cuts for 2002. One way he's looking to save money is by reducing the number of corrections officers at state prisons. New York's prison population has dropped sharply this year. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Dec 04, 2001 — Reforming the Rockefeller Drug Laws--Martha Foley talks with Nick Eyle and Peter Christ, who are working to educate the public about the failure and the devastation the drug war has placed on society. Go to full article
Aug 17, 2001 — The Federal Bureau of Prisons says New York's inmate population fell nearly four percent last year. Vermont's prison population went the other direction, rising more than ten percent. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article