ALBANY – The just-adopted state budget includes funds to help redevelop the Beacon Correctional Facility, the women’s prison the governor targeted for closure.
A total of $6 million has been placed in the spending plan to aid in redevelopment of the property, said Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D, Milton), who represents Beacon.
“In the days and weeks ahead I am looking forward to be working with the Beacon officials as well as the Empire State Development Corporation to ensure that these funds are used to develop the facility to its fullest potential,” Skartados said.
New York State’s only minimum security prison for women will be closing. This after Governor Andrew Cuomo said the prison operates at a high vacancy rate, and is one of the least efficient in the state.
A New York State Senator from the Hudson Valley says the 2013-2014 Senate budget resolution approved Monday provides some good news for his district. Democratic State Senator Terry Gipson says the budget resolution contains a few items for which he has been fighting. One is to keep the Beacon Correctional Facility, the state’s only female minimum-security prison, up and running. Gipson says another recommendation included in the resolution is to keep open another facility in Dutchess County, the Red Hook Residential Center, a youth detention facility.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed closing two correctional facilities. One is in the Hudson Valley, and it’s the state’s only minimum security prison for women. And now there is concern about what will happen to the programs available to these women.
In Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2013-2014 budget, he recommends closing two prisons in New York. One is in Dutchess County. Governor Cuomo proposed closing two of the least efficient prison facilities in the state. One is Bayview in Manhattan. The other is the Beacon Correctional Facility, a female, minimum-security prison, which he says has a 53-percent vacancy rate.
He said closing the two facilities will impact 273 positions, all of which can be absorbed in the current system.