NY budget deal calls for closing 3 prison camps

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.

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