NY Budget Deal Calls For Closing 3 Prison Camps
Published: March 31st, 2009

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The state budget negotiated by New York's Democratic leaders would close three minimum-security prison camps upstate and shutter a once prominent investigative agency established in the 1950s.

Paterson administration officials say Camp Pharsalia in Chenango County, Camp McGregor in Saratoga County and Camp Gabriels in Franklin County would close on or after July 1, saving an estimated $12 million in the budget year that starts Wednesday.

The inmate population in New York's prisons has dropped by about 10,000 in a decade.

Gabriels is at 29 percent of capacity, Pharsalia at 36 percent and McGregor under 20 percent, said Erik Kriss, spokesman for the Department of Correctional Services. Another camp, Georgetown in southern Madison County, will remain open.

The corrections commissioner would have the authority to also close the six prison annexes that are on the grounds of prisons.

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