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Say no to closures

August 7, 2013

The governor announced at the end of July that four prisons would be closing, including one in Chateaugay....

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Aug-07-13 10:29 PM

I like the downsizing notion as crime is reducing, statistically anyway. Up here, in the North Country, we have too many prisons. I know that is not going to be popular, but it is TRUE! Please stop the 'endangering our guards safety' crap and just do your jobs as you were hired to do at rather over-paid salaries If you want no conflict in your daily scheme of earning a living, go apply at McDonalds and earn your worth.... If you enjoy your current salary (and benefits & retirement), shut-up and WORK your state job. No sob story from me about over crowding!

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Aug-07-13 8:42 PM

That Beaking Bad analogy was a bit of a stretch.

The number of drug offenders in prison is down because we have, and sensibly, changed the laws and started to use drug court and diversion programs more and prison less. We spent more than 30 years locking people up for drugs and it didn't make much of a dent in the problem. The Rockefellar laws were a failure. I'm sorry there aren't enough brown people from downstate to cage to provide as many jobs as before. But things change.

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Aug-07-13 11:29 AM

the prison population is down because the state doesn't want to pay for keeping the bad guys in jail, not because there are no bad guys out there!!often, too often we hear of people who are out on parole who get into serious trouble, being released on very low bail, if any, and not going back to the slammer as they should. more smoke and mirrors to attempt to give the state more credibility on their decisions when someone on probation gets arrested it's for sure that he won't go to the slammer. when the law on domestic violence was passed we were told the bad guy would go directly to jail for at least 24 hours. it doesn't happen even if he re offends time after time. just more of our downhill slide!!!

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