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Note: A more complete treatment of this story by Brian Mann can be found here. The state has awarded the Watertown Urban mission $40,850 to help cover the costs of its Bridge Program, the Watertown Daily Times reports. The program, one of 23 across...
On Tuesday of this week, members of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Task Force and other local leaders headed down to Albany to urge the state to reconsider its plan to eliminate inpatient beds at the psychiatric facility. Earlier this week, St....
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...
Two stories today out of Malone about Franklin County’s correctional facilities. First, the Franklin County legislature unanimously passed a resolution opposing the planned closure of Chateaugay Correctional Facility next year, the...
New York has always bred odd bedfellows, the result of one state containing both one of the biggest, richest cities in the world and some of the tiniest, rural towns. Some 40 years ago, state leaders who gave birth to the Rockefeller drug laws...
News stories tagged with "prison"
Mar 06, 2009 — State Senator Betty Little is making a last-ditch effort to save Camp Gabriels, a minimum security prison near Saranac Lake. She hopes to reinvent the camp as a vocational training and drug rehabilitation center for inmates. State corrections officials say they're still intent on closing Camp Gabriels as early as this summer, a move that would cost more than 130 local jobs. But Little hopes to win support for the prison from Democratic lawmakers who now control the state Senate. As Brian Mann reports, a final decision could come by the end of this month. Go to full article
Dec 31, 2008 — State police are releasing more details about an apparent murder-suicide in Ausable Forks this week. Otis Collins Jr., age 56, and 57-year-old Frederica Collins were found dead with gunshot wounds on Monday morning. Brian Mann reports. Go to full article
Sep 29, 2008 — Citing the current economic downturn, the state department of Corrections announced on Friday that it would reduce employee numbers and consolidate inmate dorms at minimum- and medium-security prisons across New York. Jonathan Brown has more. 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
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
by Karen DeWitt
Mar 22, 2006 — A legisaltive conference committee has rejected Gov. Pataki's plan to convert a minimum security prison into special housing for civil confinment of sex offenders. It's not clear where that leaves plans for to house sex offenders at other facility, including one in Ogdensburg. Karen DeWitt reports. 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
Nov 23, 2005 — A sex offender from St. Lawrence County who was to have been released Wednesday has instead been returned to state prison. The man is among a group of sex offenders Governor Pataki wants to detain involuntarily after they've served their time. Last week, a judge ruled the practice is illegal. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Sep 30, 2005 — A prisoner attacked and injured two corrections officers at a maximum security prison near Glens Falls Monday morning. As David Sommerstein reports, the incident has prompted the officers' union to call for a policy change regarding inmates with disciplinary violations. Go to full article