Op Ed State Budget

Overhaul Prisons to Cut Costs

February 18, 2008

One place where the State can extract savings is in its prison system, an option that this op-ed discusses. New York simply does not need all 69 of its correctional facilities. Some of those facilities are now more than half-empty, particularly at the medium- and minimum-security level. Two new maximum-security facilities -- Upstate in Malone and Five Points in Romulus -- have eased demand for beds at that level. Once-overcrowded facilities are simply not anymore.

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