Prison in Dutchess County closes
Cloey Callahan reports in the Times Union that on March 10 the maximum-security Downstate Correctional Facility in Dutchess County closes for good after more than 50 years. The Fishkill facility and five other prisons in New York all are closing on March 10. The Downstate Correctional Facility is the largest of the closures, with a staff of 644 and 688 inmates. The prison could hold up to 1,221 inmates. Employees and prisoners have been transferred to other facilities, such as employee Tom Sherilla, who was transferred to the Green Haven prison. “It’s a family,” said Sherilla of his coworkers. “When people say you have to have each other’s back, that’s very true. You have to trust these people. You work with them day in and day out. Now, we have to start a new family somewhere else.” Over the least decade, over 20 other prison facilities have closed in New York. Read more about this story in the Times Union.