New York's Criminal Justice System
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is closing three state prisons, including the Watertown Correctional Facility.
The New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) said the decision to shut down Gowanda Correctional Facility, Watertown Correctional Facility, and the Annex at Clinton Correctional Facility is the culmination of years of progressive criminal justice reforms that have reduced the state’s inmate population to its lowest level in 30 years.
Read this full story from WRVO: https://www.wrvo.org/post/state-close-watertown-prison#stream/0
Advocates Push Legislation to Curb Solitary Confinement in N
The Humane Alternatives to Long-Term Solitary Confinement Act would place strict limits on the use of solitary confinement in New York. A majority of lawmakers in the state Legislature support the bill, but it has yet to come up for a vote.
Scott Paltrowitz and Victor Pate from the #HALTSolitary Coalition joined us with more on the issue.