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Study: Upstate Prisons Provide Little Economic Bounce

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

College Classes Return To State Prisons

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

Drug Law Reform Among Pataki's 2002 Priorities

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

Pataki Looks to Corrections Budget for Savings

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

Reconsider: Reevaluating the War on Drugs

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

NY Prison Population Shrinks for First Year Since 1972

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

Prison Inmate Runs Fraud Scheme from Payphone

Federal officials say an inmate at the state prison in Ray Brook ran a securities fraud scheme using a public telephone. More than 200 investors thought they were buying hot internet stocks. They sent $8.5 million to bank accounts controlled by the prisoner. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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