Prison closures will harm communities

Gallivan

State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, says the decision by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to close six prisons across the state early next year will devastate communities where they are located and hurt the hardworking men and women who work in the facilities. Gallivan said in a statement:

“This latest round of closings unfairly punishes thousands of corrections officers and other prison employees and their families. These men and women work in some of the most dangerous and challenging environments and put their health and safety on the line every day to keep our communities safe. Closing these facilities will not only devastate these families, it will cause economic hardship in communities across the state and will do nothing to keep law-abiding citizens safe.”

Gallivan called on DOCCS to work with the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, AFSCME, CSEA and PEF to ensure the best possible outcome for all those affected.

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said Monday six of its facilities will close on March 10, 2022. The closures announced were Ogdensburg Correctional Facility, Moriah Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, Southport Correctional Facility, Downstate Correctional Facility, Rochester Correctional Facility and Willard Drug Treatment Campus.

State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan serves the 59th Senate District, which includes all or portions of four Western New York counties, including Erie, Wyoming, Livingston and Monroe.

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