Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

DOCS Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet: 2009 Prison Closures


Note: The minimum security portion (annex) of Butler Correctional Facility remains open. All of the other facilities identified for planned closure in this Fact Sheet were closed on schedule. Revised estimated full annual operating savings from these closures total $31.7 million.

Overview:

In accordance with savings assumed by the enacted 2009-10 State Budget and in response to a major decline in the non-violent inmate population, the Department of Correctional Services plans to close Camps Mt. McGregor, Gabriels and Pharsalia by July 1, 2009 and the annexes at Butler, Eastern, Green Haven, Groveland, Lakeview, Sullivan and Washington Correctional Facilities by October 1, 2009.

Prison camps are minimum security facilities without perimeter fences. Annexes are comprised of free-standing housing units with their own mess hall and activities building and outside exercise areas co-located on the grounds of a larger main prison facility. Annexes often house inmates of a different security classification from those in the main prison. For example, both Eastern and Sullivan are maximum security facilities. The Eastern annex houses medium security inmates; the Sullivan annex houses minimum security inmates.

All of the annexes to be closed house minimum and medium security inmates.

Agency Impact:

The closures of the camps will result in the elimination of approximately 233 staff positions, of which 181 are uniformed. The closure of the annexes will result in the elimination of approximately 325 staff positions, of which 292 are uniformed.

The Department anticipates offering a fillable vacancy to every affected uniformed employee and is making an effort to identify fillable vacancies for all affected civilian employees. Each month, approximately 80 security staff employees leave the payroll statewide to retire or pursue other opportunities. In April, 56 civilian employees left the payroll, a rate similar to the rate at which civilians left the payroll in 2008. The timing of the closures is designed to allow attrition to create fillable vacancies for affected staff.

Additionally, Commissioner Brian Fischer has agreed to a request from NYSCOPBA, the union that represents Correction Officers and Sergeants, to offer a special re-ranking by seniority of the employees on reassignment lists for each facility on August 1, 2009. That will allow employees potentially affected by annex closures another opportunity to request transfer to other facilities prior to October 1. DOCS holds semi-annual re-rankings of reassignment lists every May 1 and November 1.

All inmates remaining at the camps or the annexes will be transferred to vacant beds in other facilities prior to the dates the facilities are slated to close.

Community Impact:

Outside inmate community work crews have operated out of most of the camps and annexes slated for closure, and those crews will be eliminated when the sponsoring camps and annexes close. Each crew includes up to 10 inmates supervised by a Correction Officer.

However, the Department is looking at the ability to run some crews out of facilities near the camps and annexes and will, at a minimum, send crews out of Camp Georgetown (Madison County), Lyon Mountain (Clinton Co.), the Lakeview (Chautauqua Co.), Summit (Schoharie Co.), Monterey (Schuyler Co.) and Moriah (Essex Co.) Shock Incarceration Correctional Facilities and Beacon Correctional Facility (a minimum security female facility in Dutchess County).

Savings:

Taxpayer savings are estimated at approximately $21 million for 2009-10 and $31 million for 2010-11, based on camp savings of $12.3 million and annex savings of $8.4 million in 2009-10 and camp savings of $14.5 million and annex savings of $17 million for 2010-11. Prior to the closure of the camps and annexes, DOCS has been consolidating by vacating housing units, eliminating staff posts at those units and transferring inmates to vacant beds in other units as the inmate population has declined. These actions have already resulted in savings to State taxpayers without increasing risks to staff or inmates.

Future of the Facilities:

DOCS will move all inmates out of Camps McGregor, Pharsalia and Gabriels by late May 2009 to enable remaining staff to decommission the camp buildings by July 1. The Commissioner must report by Oct. 1, 2009 on possible reuse of camp facilities slated for closure.

The main prisons at each of the annex locations will remain open and operating. DOCS will minimally maintain annex structures to avoid deterioration and to preserve them for possible future prison space, if necessary.

Following is specific information, by facility. Each facility houses male offenders. The number of positions listed below will be eliminated due to the closures. Inmate and bed totals are as of May 11, 2009. Facility staffing numbers are as of April 29, 2009.

Camps (minimum security):

Mt. McGregor (Saratoga County)

There are 300 beds and 46 inmates. A total of 50 budgeted positions (36 of which were filled) will be abolished by the closure of the camp. The camp has operated five inmate community work crews.

The 544-bed medium security Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility houses 473 inmates and will continue to operate and employ a total of 326 staff, of which 217 are uniformed, after the camp is closed.

Pharsalia (Chenango County)

There are 258 beds and 53 inmates. A total of 79 budgeted positions (all filled) will be abolished by the closure of the camp. The camp has operated eight inmate community work crews.

Gabriels (Franklin County)

There are 336 beds and 63 inmates. A total of 104 budgeted positions (all filled) will be abolished by the closure of the camp. The camp has operated 10 inmate community work crews.

Annexes

Butler Minimum (Wayne County – minimum security)

There are 288 beds and 110 inmates. A total of 78 budgeted positions (all filled) will be abolished by the closure of the annex. The annex has operated 10 inmate community work crews.

The 240-bed medium security Butler Correctional Facility (Butler Main) houses 189 inmates and will continue to operate and employ a total of 134 staff.

Eastern Annex (Ulster County – medium security)

There are 180 beds and 143 inmates. A total of 32 budgeted positions (all filled) will be abolished by the closure of the annex. The annex has operated two inmate community work crews.

The 1,034-bed maximum security Eastern Correctional Facility (Eastern Main) houses 1,007 inmates and will continue to operate and employ a total of 535 staff.

Green Haven Annex (Dutchess County – medium security)

There are 60 beds and 40 inmates. Of 11 budgeted positions that had been assigned to the annex, three were abolished with the closure of the Green Haven farm and the remaining eight will be moved into Green Haven main to fund essential security positions. The annex has not operated any inmate community work crews.

The 2,232-bed maximum security Green Haven Correctional Facility (Green Haven Main) houses 2,038 inmates and will continue to operate and employ a total of 838 staff.

Groveland Annex (Livingston County – minimum security)

There are 176 beds and 34 inmates. A total of 48 budgeted positions (38 filled) will be abolished by the closure of the annex. The annex has operated four inmate community work crews.

The 1,282-bed medium security Groveland Correctional Facility (Groveland Main) houses 1,008 inmates and will continue to operate and employ a total of 531 staff.

Lakeview Annex (Chautauqua County – medium security)

There are 250 beds and 17 inmates. A total of 66 budgeted positions (53 filled) will be abolished by the closure of the annex. The annex has not operated any inmate community work crews.

The 862-bed minimum security Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility (Lakeview Main) houses 660 inmates, both male and female, and will continue to operate and employ a total of 469 staff.

Sullivan Annex (Sullivan County – minimum security)

There are 240 beds and 139 inmates. A total of 55 budgeted positions (all filled) will be abolished by the closure of the annex. The annex has operated 10 inmate community work crews.

The 589-bed maximum security Sullivan Correctional Facility (Sullivan Main) houses 516 inmates and will continue to operate and employ a total of 447 staff.

Washington Annex (Washington County - medium security)

There are 204 beds and 27 inmates. A total of 46 budgeted positions (35 filled) will be abolished by the closure of the annex. The annex has operated four inmate community work crews.

The 882-bed medium security Washington Correctional Facility (Washington Main) houses 867 inmates and will continue to operate and employ a total of 378 staff.


May, 2009

State of New York
Department of Correctional Services
1220 Washington Avenue
State Campus, Building 2
Albany, NY 12226-2050
Brian Fischer, Commissioner
www.doccs.ny.gov