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I showed up dirty on a urine test, cocaine and marijuana. They're making me come back...for another drug test.

After Rockefeller reform, are drug addicts getting the treatment they need?

It's been over a year since New York implemented reforms of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

The new rules divert many drug addicted felons from prison to treatment.

Reporter Charles Lane from public radio station WSHU has been following several of the people going through the new program.

He found that some of them are getting treatment in rigorous residential treatment facilities, and say the programs are harder than doing time in prison.

Editor's Note: Charles Lane has heard news that Joan D'Alessio turned herself in and is doing better. We'll bring you updates in the coming months on her as well as a look at the cost of the Rockefeller reforms.  Go to full article

Inmate fight sparks guard union complaints

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
James Roche was denied judicial diversion. His judge is less likely than other judges to give treatment people who sell drugs.
James Roche was denied judicial diversion. His judge is less likely than other judges to give treatment people who sell drugs.

Rockefeller law reforms give some addicts a new chance, others get jail

Last year the New York State Legislature voted to give drug addicts a second chance, by doing away with the last remnants of the Rockefeller drug laws. Some considered the old laws draconian and reformers praised the change saying it could stop the addiction cycle by diverting addicts bound for prison and instead send them to treatment. For the last couple months, reporter Charles Lane has been investigating how this judicial diversion has been implemented so far across the state. And he finds that the impact of the reforms largely depends on which county the addict is convicted in. Photos and timeline courtesy of WSHU.  Go to full article
Roxana Saberi
Roxana Saberi

100 days in an Iranian prison

Roxana Saberi visited the St Lawrence University campus earlier this month. The Iranian-American reporter--who has filed stories from Iran for NPR and other news outlets--recently finished a book recounting her 100 days in Iran's infamous Evin Prison. According to Iranian authorities, she was arrested on suspicion of spying. In her book, Between Two Worlds, Saberi cites several sources that debunk the Iranian government's accusations against her. During her short stay in Canton, she sat down for a talk with AB5 host Jonathan Brown. He asked her to recount the events of January 31st, 2009. That's when Iranian intelligence officials came for her.  Go to full article

Prison guard union campaigns to keep North Country prisons open

The union representing New York State corrections officers launched what it calls an "aggressive" campaign yesterday designed to save three prisons in the North Country. The corrections facilities in Ogdensburg, Moriah and Lyon Mountain are on a list of four state prisons Governor David Paterson wants to close. He says this is needed to shrink the state's $8.2 billion deficit.

NYSCOPBA unveiled its new ad campaign targeting Paterson's cost-cutting plan. Donn Rowe, who heads the guard union, calls the budget "shortsighted." Speaking with Jonathan Brown, Rowe suggested state officials are painting an inaccurate picture of what's happening behind prison walls.  Go to full article
The iron mining days are over in Lyon Mountain
The iron mining days are over in Lyon Mountain

In Lyon Mountain, a rally to save three North Country prisons

More than 200 people rallied yesterday in the American Legion hall in Lyon Mountain. The Clinton County community is fighting to save its state prison, which anchors the local economy. Lyon Mountain Correctional Facility is one of three prisons in the North Country slated for closure next year. As Brian Mann reports, prison guards are hoping to form a united front across the region.

Assemblywoman Addie Russell from Theresa also sent a letter to Governor Paterson this week, urging him to keep the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility open. In her letter, she accused the state Department of Correctional Facility of using "false" claims to justify the closure. According to Russell, maximum security prisons in the state are still overcrowded and too many inmates are being "double-bunked." Russell also argued that Ogendesburg's economy "will be devastated" if the correctional facility closes.  Go to full article

Does the town of Moriah have a future after the prison industry?

People plan to rally Thursday afternoon at 4:30 in Port Henry, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, in support of Moriah Shock. Governor David Paterson has slated the prison for closure as part of his statewide budget-cutting plan. Moriah town supervisor Tom Scozzafava says closing the camp will cripple his town's economy and end one of the most innovative programs in the state's prison system.  Go to full article

Senate passes drug law changes

The State Senate approved sweeping changes to the Rockfeller drug laws last night as a part of the state budget. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Can Camp Gabriels reinvent itself (Source:  Save Camp Gabriels)
Can Camp Gabriels reinvent itself (Source: Save Camp Gabriels)

A last-ditch effort to save Camp Gabriels turns on Democratic support

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

State police confirm murder-suicide in Ausable Forks

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

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