According to an advance copy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new budget plan viewed by NCPR, New York state hopes to eliminate as many as 3,500 prison beds from the correctional system.
In theory, that means eliminating about 10% of the total prison capacity in the state, which (these are very rough calculations) would add up closing to 5-7 correctional facilities.
IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION: THE CUTS WOULD ACCOUNT FOR 10% OF THE STATE’S MINIMUM AND MEDIUM SECURITY FACILITIES. THIS PLAN WOULD APPARENTLY NOT AFFECT MAXIMUM SECURITY FACILITIES.
The Cuomo administration hopes to achieve those cuts quickly, in time for the 2011-2012 budget year, and is pushign to eliminate the 12-month waiting period on prison cuts now in place.
This from the state’s budget book:
The closures will be undertaken after a task forcecreated by Executive Order makes recommendations regarding specific facilities to beclosed; and economic development assistance will be provided to communities where aclosure occurs.The Budget also proposes to eliminate the 12-month statutory notification before closing a facility to allow closures as soon as practicable after thetask force has made its recommendations.
According to Gov. Cuomo’s team, the change would save $72 million dollars next year.