Rensselaer, NY, Aug 05, 2011 — Senate Republicans appear to be changing their minds about how they would like to count prison inmates when they redraw New York's new district lines. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article
Under state law, prisoners are not residents of these Upstate counties.
Apr 08, 2011 — The North Country State Senators are suing to block a new law for redistricting this year. It would count prison inmates in the districts where their home residence is, not in the North Country town where they're held. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Ray Brook, NY, Aug 26, 2010 — The union that represents corrections officers and other workers at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ray Brook says prison officials didn't do enough to address a recent outbreak of what it described as "gang-related" violence at the medium-security facility. The American Federation of Government Employees and its Council of Prison Locals says prison officials mostly kept operations running normally, despite the violence. As Chris Knight reports, prison officials say they locked down the prison and handled the situation appropriately. Go to full article
Rensselaer, NY, Aug 05, 2010 — A measure to change where prison inmates are counted when drawing political districts was slipped into the budget bills passed Tuesday night. Beginning with redistricting based on 2010 census data, inmates will be counted at their home addresses, not at the prison where they're locked up. Supporters called the change a victory for equal representation. But the North Country stands to lose more political clout. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Queensbury, NY, Jun 30, 2010 — State Senator Betty Little says the budget chaos in Albany has been brutal for the North Country - with more spending for more programs shifting to communities downstate.
But she gave Governor David Paterson high marks for promising to veto additional deficit spending proposed by Democrats in the legislature.
Jan 09, 2007 — Govenor Spitzer yesterday ended the practice of charging high phone fees to inmates in New York state prisons. The change will affect hundreds of prisonsers here in the North Country and their families. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
May 17, 2005 — Adirondack Correctional Facility is in Ray Brook. It's unusual among New York State prisons that it has some sort of christian activity group meeting 7 days a week.
Greg Warner attended an evening bible study inside the prison. He spoke to about a dozen inmates there, who chaplain Eric Olsen calls "the elders" of the prison church. He says they do much of the missionary and organizational work to keep the church going.
Inmate Hector Cruz began the evening by reading aloud the prayers of other inmates. One inmate prayed for his mother's health, another for his court case. Go to full article
Mar 01, 2002 — This year, New York state's prisons cut more than six hundred corrections officers. With inmate populations shrinking, corrections commissioner Glenn Goord says another five hundred prison guards will go this year. As Brian Mann reports, the loss of high paying jobs is being felt in prison towns across the North Country. Go to full article