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Area Prisons Set To Close

Written By: Kellie Meyer
Area Prisons Set To Close

July 26, 2013

NEW YORK -- (WENY) Some area prisons are being closed down. The New York State Department of Corrections announced their plans today to close four prisons.
In an effort to save $30 million a year, the plan calls for the closure of one minimum and three medium security facilities.
     One of them being Monterey Shock in Schuyler County, which has 124 employees and 158 inmates.
     According to the Department of Corrections, no layoffs are expected. The 658 employees throughout the state will be transferred to other agencies.
And the 1,024 inmates will go to nearby facilities.
Mike Dildine, Vice President of NYSCOPBA, the union representing New York correctional officers plans to fight the closure.
Dildine said, "well we were shocked because we have been going through a time now where we are seeing an increase of violence against staff, violence against inmates, or weapons in the prison."
The four correctional facilities are slated to close July 26, 2014.