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Anthony Annucci, acting commissioner of the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, stopped short of putting a number on how many state prisons might be mothballed under the governor's downsizing plan. But he argued more closures are warranted, after the prison system shed more than 11,000 inmates since January 2020, leaving fewer than 33,200 inmates in 52 facilities spread across the state.

Lawsuit defends religious freedom for those in custody

Jan 25, 2021
Poster by Shepard Fairey / via Amplifier Foundation and PBS

Religious freedom is so important, it is protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, a recent lawsuit demonstrates how law enforcement can legally breach that freedom.

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In the Syracuse suburb of Manlius, police transparency carries a hefty price tag.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office said 27 inmates within a specific housing area at its Alden Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19.

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New York is considering transferring certain elderly and immunocompromised incarcerated individuals out of a state prison in Elmira, where nearly 600 positive COVID-19 cases have been diagnosed over the last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

But Cuomo stopped short of saying he would grant any additional clemencies to incarcerated people in Elmira, instead defending his administration’s handling of the virus in state prisons.

State restricts visitors to 2 upstate prisons

Oct 22, 2020
Lucas Willard / WAMC News

Visitors will now be restricted at two upstate New York correctional facilities after recent COVID19 outbreaks among inmate populations. Effective 3 p.m. Wednesday, visitation was suspended at New York’s Greene and Elmira Correctional Facilities. Transfers in and out of the facilities have also been suspended.

Emily Russell / NCPR

Coronvirus continues to spread in prisons and jails throughout New York State. According to the state officials, 105 prison employees and 14 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

New York State

Recently, a few upstate news outlets released stories about a crime Ithaca College President Shirley Collado pleaded no contest to almost 20 years ago. That got us thinking, what’s the impact on individuals and society when someone’s criminal record is made public after they’ve completed their sentence?

Disability Rights New York

Dozens of New York state lawmakers have written to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state's top corrections official to urge them to end solitary confinement of prisoners.