• LAC Applauds Announcement of Plan to Close 7 NY Prisons

    July 05, 2011
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact: Nicole Collins Bronzan
    Director of Communications
    (212) 243-1313 /ncollins@lac.org

    NEW YORK, July 5, 2011 – The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement of seven impending prison closings, fulfilling his promise to eliminate unneeded capacity and saving taxpayers $184 million over next two years.

    LAC and fellow advocates have long pushed for such closings, as evidence has shown that state funds are better spent on "smart on crime" alternatives and reentry programs instead of incarceration. Since 1999, as a result in significant part of the work of these programs, New York's incarcerated population has fallen by over 15,000, or 21%.

    "We have seen these programs work for decades, and at last, the state will reap the benefits in both smart policy and millions of dollars in savings," said Tracie M. Gardner, LAC's state policy director. "The governor's forward-thinking plan also presents an opportunity to reinvest those funds in the state's critical network of ATI, reentry programs and probation -- that way, the prison population will continue to decline."

    The Legal Action Center is the only public interest law and policy organization in the United States whose sole
    mission is to fight discrimination against and protect the privacy of people in recovery from alcohol or drug addiction,
    individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and people with criminal records.

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