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July 27, 2013

State to close Chateaugay Correctional

One of 4 facilities to be shut down next July

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CHATEAUGAY —

‘NO EARLY RELEASE

Department of Corrections said the closure date “will allow for a gradual transition, providing affected employees with more options for positions within the department and other agencies.”

DCCS cites an overall decline in the inmate population “largely due to a 15 percent decrease in the state crime rate over the past 10 years; a 13 percent reduction in the number of violent crimes, such as homicide and assault; and a dramatic reduction in the number of drug offenders.

“Since 1999, the prison population in New York has declined by almost 24 percent, from a high of 71,600 to approximately 54,600 incarcerated today.

“At the end of 1996, there were 24,085 drug offenders in custody. By comparison, on Dec. 31, 2012, that number reached a new low of 7,053, which represents a reduction of 71 percent.

“This is the lowest number of drug offenders since 1986, a majority of whom were serving their sentences in medium-security facilities and Shock Incarceration programs.”

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci said that over the next 12 months, “we will have the beds available in the system to transfer those inmates from the four facilities and not impact the safety of staff, the inmate population or the public.

“No inmates will be released early due to the closing of a facility, and we will not have to seek any temporary, double-bunking variances from the State Commission of Correction. In fact, we have even reduced the number of double cells in our maximum-security facilities by 337 this year.”

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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