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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"
Jan 26, 2005 — The population in New York's county jails is rising fast, by almost 25% in the last five years. It comes at a time when state officials are pressuring counties to close aging facilities. The result is an explosion in new jail construction. In the North Country, the price tag will well exceed a hundred millions dollars. Warren and Washington counties have opened new jails in the past two years. St. Lawrence, Essex, Herkimer, and Clinton counties are in the planning stages. As David Sommerstein reports, the costs of building the new facilities and housing inmates will fall on local taxpayers. Go to full article
Jan 25, 2005 — The North Country is home to New York's three oldest county jails - in Hamilton, Essex, and St. Lawrence, in that order. Washington and Warren counties recently built new ones. Clinton County is expanding its 15 year-old facility. County jails have to do more than ever before. They handle all kinds of inmates. They have to follow a blizzard of state mandates. And they cost upwards of $40 million to build. But the state constitution says each of New York's 62 counties has to have one. In the first part of a series on North Country jails, David Sommerstein gets a tour of St. Lawrence County's jail, which is likely to be replaced soon. Go to full article
Dec 20, 2004 — St. Lawrence County will announce this afternoon its preferred locations for a new county jail in Canton. The existing jail is among the oldest in the state. The meeting marks the initial stages of a long process for a politically unpopular issue. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Mar 05, 2004 — St. Lawrence County will be exhibit A in a forum at the U.S. Census Bureau today about how the census counts prisoners. An Ohio-based researcher says the county's decision to include prisoners in its legislative districts distorts democracy and may be unconstitutional. As David Sommerstein reports, the move was highly controversial when it was adopted. Go to full article
Apr 16, 2003 — New York state has given Essex County thirty days to close its outdated jail. The Plattsburgh Press Republican is reporting that a new engineering report found health and safety violations. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Nov 19, 2002 — A doctor who worked at the Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone has been stripped of his license by New York's department of health. The doctor was accused of having unprotected sex with an inmate. Brian Mann has details. Go to full article
Aug 22, 2002 — A crew of state prison inmates in Ray Brook has spent the summer building a new chapel. The men doing the work come from all the prison's religious groups. Jews and Christians and Muslims will share the chapel. As Brian Mann reports, inmates say the project has brought them closer to their faith. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Jul 10, 2002 — The first death penalty conviction in New York since the statute was reinstated in 1995 has been overturned. The state's highest-level appeals court threw out Darryl Harris' death sentence yesterday and ordered that he be re-sentenced for killing three people in Brooklyn in 1996. Karen Dewitt reports from Albany. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Jun 21, 2002 — On what was officially the last day of the legislative session, Senate and Assembly leaders exchanged recriminations over the failure to agree on reform of the "Rockefeller Drug Laws". Karen Dewitt reports. Go to full article
May 02, 2002 — 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