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The director of Cornell University’s prison education program is leading a campaign to provide more face masks to inmates across New York state.

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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.

A coalition of people with family members in jail joined public health experts and others to release what they call a series of "COVID-19 Community Demands for People in State Prisons."

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This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state is now making New York Clean, a hand sanitizer, in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak and sanitizer shortages that have developed. But prisoners' rights advocates gathered in Albany Tuesday to criticize the use of inmate labor in making the product.

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New York State is considering providing medication-assisted treatment to all prison and jail inmates struggling with opioid addiction.

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It’s been three years since inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. The prison break set off a three-week manhunt across new York State. Matt, of Tonawanda, was killed in a shootout, while Sweat was shot, arrested ad now serving time in Attica Correctional Facility.

In the months that followed there were crackdowns and investigations, some highly critical reports about corrections practices and personnel. Corrections officials say they have worked to improve security at prisons statewide.

But a new report from State Inspector General, Catherine Leahy Scott, found ongoing security lapses that continued at least through last year.

Aging prison population to cost NYS more

May 18, 2018
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A new report says New York State's prison population is rapidly aging, putting more pressure on prison health care systems and taxpayers alike.

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New York is adopting new standards for the treatment of prisoners held in solitary confinement in local jails.

Erie County launches video visitations for inmates

Aug 8, 2017
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department

Visitations at the Erie County Holding Center and Correctional Facility have gone high-tech.

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For years, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has been trying to find a new, more efficient way for inmates’ loved ones to visit them. With a new video conferencing system, they’ve got it.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo defended his plan for giving prison inmates a free college education during a stop this week in Amherst. But some local lawmakers aren't buying it.