NY Shutters 7 Prisons, Moves Inmates and Staff

The state has closed the Arthur Kill Correctional Facility on Staten Island, the seventh prison, camp or work release facility shuttered in 2011 as New York transferred several thousand inmates and staff to its 60 remaining sites to try to save millions of dollars.

The Cuomo administration has also closed medium-security Mid-Orange in the lower Hudson Valley and Oneida Correctional in central New York as the inmate population has continued a decade-long decline to the current 56,000.

Four minimum-security facilities were shut: Buffalo Work Release in Erie County, Camp Georgetown in Madison County, Summit Shock in Schoharie County and Fulton Work Release in the Bronx.

Data show 1,449 of the 1,706 staff transferred within the department or to other agencies, 131 were laid off, 95 retired and some resigned.