With complaints up in state prison system, DiNapoli has a few of his own
Rick Karlin in Capitol Confidential reports that New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is critical of the state Commission on Corrections for its oversight, or lack thereof, on state jails, lockups, and prisons. DiNapoli releaed a report Jan. 19 saying that the Commission on Corrections is not doing a good job reviewing complaints about problems in the state prison system. The report says the commission is also not making regular inspections of the state’s 54 prisons. “The State Commission of Correction is not adequately monitoring what’s happening in our prisons,” DiNapoli said. “The commission needs to improve its tracking of data and to identify patterns or trends that merit attention to protect the rights and safety of inmates and correctional staff. The new data system it is building falls far short of helping them identify problems and needs to be addressed. Commission officials say they plan to improve their agency’s performance, and they must given the Executive’s proposal to improve the safety of New York’s correctional facilities.” Instead, the report says the commission mostly is busy with oversight and inspection of local facilities. Inmate complaints rose 16 percent to 2,316 in 2016, and grievances increased 69 percent to 2,932. Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.