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NY budget proposal includes closing 2 prisons

Posted at: 01/22/2013 2:57 PM
By: AP

 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed closing two more prisons in New York, including one in Manhattan that has been temporarily shut down by Superstorm Sandy flood damage and another in the Hudson Valley.
 
His budget proposal Tuesday says closing medium-security Bayview in Manhattan and minimum-security Beacon in Dutchess County - with average annual inmate costs of $74,000 and $69,000 respectively - will reduce prison system capacity by 432 beds and save $19 million the first year.
 
That's projected to grow to $62 million in the second year with proceeds from selling Bayview, which held 153 women inmates until their evacuation.
 
Built in 1931 at 11th Avenue and 20th Street, it has views of the Hudson River and stands next to a new luxury condominium.