Cuomo Tours Tryon
November 23rd, 2010

Andrew Cuomo toured the Tryon Residential Center for Boys in Johnstown yesterday and didn’t like what he saw. The facility has no residents in its care but still has 30 paid staffers. “With a $9 billion deficit, we are paying 30 staff people to babysit an empty building,” Cuomo said. The facility is still staffed because of a law that requires a year notice before such a facility can be closed. Prison closings are also covered by the law.

“If the law is hard and fast, then it needs to be changed,” Cuomo said. The facility is scheduled to finally close in January. Cuomo’s visit to the facility is a triumph for organizations like the Correctional Association that want to see the prison system reduced. As we reported yesterday, there is concern over Cuomo’s criminal justice agenda because of the people he selected to be part of his public safety transition team.

Advocates worry that Cuomo did not select enough people who support reducing the prison system, looking for alternative sentencing and want to increase reentry programs for inmates.

Cuomo visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility shortly after he was elected and indicated that he thinks more prisons need to be closed because the population of inmates is shrinking. Both the Sing Sing and Tryon visit give hope to the Correctional Association. The visit to Tryon likely irked the CSEA– a union representing staffers at the juvenile center. The CSEA says that closing the juvenile facilities is sending dangerous offenders back to their communities and new rules and reduced staffing at still open centers is putting guards at risk.

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