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Hundreds rally to stop prison closures

Posted by Matt Ryan on
Individual holds a sign at the prison closure rally
Matt Ryan



On an unusually warm Albany afternoon, hundreds from across the state rallied outside the Capitol to try and stop the projected closing of prisons around New York. 

The state has proposed shutting down four facilities across upstate - Chateaugay (Franklin County), Butler (Wayne), Monterey (Schuyler), and Mt. McGregor (Saratoga). The administration says doing so would save New York around $30 million. A number of mostly upstate legislators spoke to the crowd, including Assemblywoman Janet Duprey of Peru, who noted she has gone through two closures already in her district since 2007. In the clip above watch her highlight a prison guard standing next to her during her speech at the 1:40 mark.

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