Last month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told the state legislature that underused prisons would no longer be “an employment program” for upstate New York. Now, the New York Times reports, the governor may be scaling back on his plans to close or consolidate at least 10 adult and youth prisons and other facilities. Senate Republicans are trying to fend off the loss of hundreds of state jobs in some of their upstate districts.
The New York Post reported that as few as six prisons would be closed, three of them in New York City, including two that house work-release programs. If the new strategy holds, it would sharply curtail Cuomo's ambition and could ultimately even increase the proportion of prisoners sent upstate.