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Franklin County legislator Billy Jones calls for action to stop the closure of Chateaugay Correctional Facility in his home town. Photo: Brian Mann
Franklin County legislator Billy Jones calls for action to stop the closure of Chateaugay Correctional Facility in his home town. Photo: Brian Mann

Another North Country town rallies to save its prison

This year, we're looking in-depth at the North Country's prison industry, how it grew into one of the region's top employers and how it's changing.

Over the weekend, hundreds of corrections officers, families, and elected officials gathered in Chateaugay in northern Franklin County.

They came to protest the latest round of state prison closures, now slated for 2014.

Four correctional facilities are on the chopping block, including two here in the North Country -- Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County and Chateaugay Correctional Facility.  Go to full article
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among four slated for closure. Image: Google Maps
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among four slated for closure. Image: Google Maps

Prison guard union smarting over closure announcement

Correction officers say they are still in "shock," that late on a July Friday, with very little advance warning, Governor Cuomo's prison agency announced the closure of four prisons within the next year. And they are asking the legislature to rescind the closures.  Go to full article
Sabrina Jones translates the history and statistics of America's era of mass incarceration into a graphic, sometimes claustrophobic story. Image: Sabrina Jones
Sabrina Jones translates the history and statistics of America's era of mass incarceration into a graphic, sometimes claustrophobic story. Image: Sabrina Jones

A graphic account of America's love affair with prisons

This year marks the 40th anniversary of New York's controversial Rockefeller drug laws -- laws that set tough mandatory prison sentences for drug dealers and addicts.

Many of those laws have been reformed and New York's inmate population has been shrinking dramatically.

But the aftershocks of New York's prison boom are still being felt, from urban neighborhoods in New York City to the North Country prison towns where thousands of inmates are still held behind bars.

We're exploring these issues with our year-long Prison Time Media Project.

In our latest installment, Brian Mann profiles Sabrina Jones, a political artist in Saratoga County who's using comic books to capture the complicated, painful history of America's era of mass incarceration.  Go to full article
Kim Dadou from Rochester spent seventeen years in state prison on first degree manslaughter charges after she killed her boyfriend, a man who abused her severely. Photo courtesy the Correctional Association
Kim Dadou from Rochester spent seventeen years in state prison on first degree manslaughter charges after she killed her boyfriend, a man who abused her severely. Photo courtesy the Correctional Association

Are too many domestic violence victims going to prison?

As the legislature winds to a close in Albany, a coalition of prison reform and domestic violence activists are hoping to convince the Republican-controlled Senate to bring one more bill to the floor for a vote.

Supporters say the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act would allow judges to factor physical and mental abuse into sentencing decisions in felony criminal cases.

District Attorneys are opposing the bill, arguing that it would allow too many people to claim that domestic violence was a factor in their crimes.  Go to full article

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