New York Considers Plans to Repurpose Prisons

  November 23, 2021

By Dave Lubach

With the state of New York’s prison population down 56 percent since 1999, many of the facilities sit considerably emptier than capacity. As the state ponders scaling down, Gov. Kathleen Hochul is considering other uses for the facilities. 

During a recent press conference, Hochul outlined decreasing inmate population figures as well as the declining number of staff levels. 

If New York went ahead with a consolidation of facilities and continues to lower its prison population, Hochul floated ideas for the left-behind facilities. She mentioned substance abuse treatment centers or residential facilities as possibilities for the properties.  

According to NYY360.com, the state’s prison population dropped from almost 73,000 inmates in 1999 to almost 32,000 inmates as of October 1. During that same time, staff levels have dropped from about 22,000 in 1999 to about 17,500 staff members. 

Dave Lubach is managing editor, facility group. 



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