Corrections officers rally to save NY prisons |

Corrections officers rally to save NY prisons

WNYT Staff
Updated: March 11, 2014 06:19 PM
Created: March 11, 2014 12:22 PM

ALBANY - Several hundred people rallied at the Capitol on Tuesday.

They are hoping to convince Governor Cuomo to reconsider a proposal to close a number of correctional facilities across the state.

Several hundred corrections officers from around the state have gathered at West Capitol Park.

They are trying to prevent the closing of four prisons around the state and five mental health facilities, including Mount McGregor Correctional Facility in Wilton.

Mount McGregor is scheduled to be closed on July 26.

Richard Thomas, a corrections officer at Mount McGregor, believes the closure will lead to more prison assaults.

The state says closings will save taxpayers more than $160 million per year.

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