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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

State plans to consolidate prisons and reduce employees

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
Richard Stratton's Federal incarceration ID (Source: R. Stratton)
Richard Stratton's Federal incarceration ID (Source: R. Stratton)

The view from inside a North Country prison

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

Inmates pay less to phone home

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

Lawmakers Say No to One Civil Confinment Plan

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

Inmates, Families Boycott High Phone Rates

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

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