New York Budget Proposal Includes Prison Closures

NEW YORK — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new budget proposal recommends his state should close two correctional facilities because of a lack of cost effectiveness in their operations.

The governor explained his state was dedicating close to $70,000 per inmate each year at the Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County, with even more funding going to the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan. Cuomo added that the target for efficient prison operations was closer to $34,000 per inmate.

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Goldman Sachs Changes the Jail Industry

RIKERS ISLAND, N.Y. — As is so often the case, Goldman Sachs is on the cutting edge of an innovation that alternatively excites, fascinates and concerns people. Almost assuredly the most well known investment banking firm in the world, Goldman Sachs is legendary for being able to position itself to make a profit in the best of times or the worst of times, in terms of the world economy.

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RicciGreene Planner Takes Holistic Approach to Corrections

Vital Statistics

Name: Laura Maiello-Reidy
Education: Bachelor’s in social work from Kean University and a master’s in criminal justice from Rutgers University
Field: Correctional Planner
Agency: RicciGreene Associates
Title: Principal
Time Served: Since the firm was founded in 1988
Reading: “The Hunger Games”
Desktop Images: Her new puppy

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N.Y. Cracking Down on Inmates Receiving State Benefits

ALBANY, N.Y. — While the number of Americans receiving unemployment benefits nationwide has been on the rise in recent years, it has come to a screeching stop at county jails throughout New York, where officials say an audit found more than 100 inmates receiving nearly $500,000 in fraudulent benefits.
At a joint news conference, the New York State Department of Labor and the New York State Sheriff’s Association said that they planned on “slamming the door shut” on inmates receiving ill-gotten benefits.

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N.Y. DOC Pharmacy Could Save Taxpayers Millions

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. — The New York Department of Corrections’ new automated central pharmacy is on schedule to be completed next spring and DOC officials predict it will save taxpayers $1.5 million a year.
Construction is nearing completion on the 60,500-square-foot building at the Mid-State Correctional facility in Marcy, which will contain a registered pharmacy with automated dispensing equipment.

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N.Y. County Awards $24.5 Million Inmate Medical Contract

ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. — Correctional Medical Care Inc. will take over health care at Onondaga County’s three correctional facilities beginning in December.

The county recently signed a $24.5 million, three-year contract with Correctional Medical Care to handle medical care at the county’s Justice Center Jail, Jamesville Correctional Facility, and Hillbrook Juvenile Detention Center.

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Bridging the Gap

Mainstreaming of sustainable design allows $47 million Niagara Falls justice complex to switch tack mid-project for LEED certification.
A new $47 million municipal courthouse and police headquarters in Niagara Fall, N.Y., was awarded LEED certification by the USGBC in December, marking a notable milestone for a secure public facility requiring stringent building standards.

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