The interesting thing in this story is that there are state prisons in Manhattan....Two facing possible closure along with another one in the Bronx...All with high vacancy rates and in tight budget times tempting targets for closure...
The NY Post reports six or more state prisons may be slated for closure in the budget to be unveiled on Tuesday.
Governor Cuomo has already said prisons should not exist merely to employ people....Agreed, and any hopes of closing several upstate prisons will likely hinge on the fate of NYC prisons....You can bet the Mayor and the local Assembly members and Senators will be lobbying to keep those jobs, whether or not the facilities make sense.
The factors that will be looked at should include utilization and cost per inmate.
This will be an interesting week ahead.
Gov. Cuomo eyeing three state prisons in New York City for closure - NYPOST.com