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Mandatory Sex Offender Therapy Ends in NY Prisons

On Thursday, New York's state prisons shut down a major counseling program for sex offenders. The move follows a court ruling that the program violated prisoner's constitutional rights by forcing them to disclose all past sexual offenses. As Brian Mann reports, prison officials have penalized thousands of inmates for failing to comply.  Go to full article

North Country Prison Guards Face Tough Choices

Communities in the North Country are bracing for a round of job cuts that could force more than 160 corrections officers to transfer out of the region. State prisons in Cape Vincent, Watertown, and Ogdensburg are expected to lose jobs. A minimum security facility in Saratoga County is expected to close altogether after the state budget is approved this spring. Brian Mann spoke with Richard Harcrow, head of NYSCOPBA, the prison guards' union. Harcrow is on the road, talking with officers who may have to leave home to find work.  Go to full article

Lawmakers Challenge Pataki's Prison Plan

At a legislative budget hearing, State Prisons Commissioner Glen Goord defended a proposal by Governor Pataki's Administration to close three prisons. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

North Country Loses More Prison Jobs

State prison officials plan to cut more than 150 jobs in the north country. Corrections officers and civilian staff will be reduced at prisons in Watertown, Cape Vincent, and Ogdensburg. As Brian Mann reports, the downsizing comes as the state faces a five-billion dollar budget gap and a shrinking inmate population.  Go to full article

North Country Loses More Prison Jobs

State prison officials plan to cut more than 150 jobs in the north country. Corrections officers and civilian staff will be reduced at prisons in Watertown, Cape Vincent, and Ogdensburg. As Brian Mann reports, the downsizing comes as the state faces a five-billion dollar budget gap and a shrinking inmate population.  Go to full article

State Prison Officials Say Counties Paying Less

State prison officials say they're doing their part to save counties money -- by cutting the number of "state ready" inmates sitting in local jails. The number of prisoners waiting for a spot in state prison has fallen by 96 percent -- saving counties hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Apparent Prisoner Suicides at Dannemora Investigated

State prison officials say they're investigating three apparent suicides at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The three deaths at the maximum security prison occurred in the last two months--with the most recent case on Monday morning. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Prison Brawls At Comstock In Washington County

Inmate brawls at Washington Correctional Facility in Comstock continued for a second day on Tuesday. The Glens Falls Post Star is reporting that a fight on Monday included more than twenty inmates. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Counties to Offer Drug Treatment Programs

Governor Pataki defended the lack of progress in achieving reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, at an announcement to expand drug treatment programs to 17 counties and New York City. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Rockefeller Drug Law Reform ?Within Reach?

Lawmakers in Albany say they're closer than ever to a deal that would reform the state's Rockefeller drug laws. Under those laws, a person convicted for selling two ounces of cocaine serves a minimum of fifteen years behind bars.
With less than a week before the Senate is scheduled to adjourn for the summer, a last minute push for change is coming from a leader in New York City's hip hop community. But as Brian Mann reports, drug-law reform could hurt small towns in the north country that rely on prisons for good jobs.  Go to full article

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