Thursday, June 30, 2011

Seven State Prisons To Close

Seven state prisons, including two in the city, are set to close in a move aimed at saving taxpayers $184 million.

Four male minimum security facilities, including Fulton Work Release in the Claremont section of the Bronx, are slated to close.

Three male medium security prisons, including Arthur Kill in Charleston, Staten Island, will also be shut down.

Communities that rely on prisons for jobs can request aid money and tax credits from the state.

The decision is based on a shrinking number of inmates.

Since 1999, the number of prisoners statewide has declined by 22 percent.

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