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May 26, 2009

Camp Gabriels inmates all moved out

GABRIELS — The last prisoner has been moved out of Camp Gabriels.

The number of inmates in the minimum-security camp, which has been slated for closure by New York state, had declined steadily in recent weeks.

Department of Correctional Services spokesman Erik Kriss said Tuesday that the inmates had all been relocated by last Friday.

As of May 15, 52 inmates were housed at the facility, Kriss said.

“On Monday, the 18th, there were 35 prisoners.”

Each inmate has been moved to either another minimum-security facility or to a medium-security prison elsewhere in the system, Kriss said.

“Basically, the whole place now has to be cleared out and cleaned out and inventoried. The idea of getting inmates out is so all that work can be done without having to do the work of supervising inmates.”



OFFICERS GO NEXT

Camp Gabriels is one of three prison camps being closed due to declining numbers of inmates in an effort to save the state $26 million over the next two years.

The move was proposed last year but overturned amid a public outcry. This year, amid the state budget crisis, it went through.

Kriss said 55 corrections officers will leave Camp Gabriels on Thursday.

“Most of them will be going to new assignments in the Clinton Hub, encompassing all of the state prisons in Franklin and Clinton counties, as well as Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook. There are eight other state prisons clustered geographically nearby.”



CHOICES

The move Thursday will mean 13 corrections officers remain, along with three sergeants, a lieutenant and 28 civilians.

“Of 13 COs left, a few may retire,” Kriss said. “The others do have requests in for transfer to other facilities.

“The way the system works is, they prioritize where they’d like to work and are placed on a list according to seniority. At the moment, there are no vacancies at the facilities they want to reassign to.

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