Livingston County Correctional To Close: Local Politicians Speak Out
by Joe Shepard
Sonyea, NY- The Department of Corrections and Community Supervisions (DOCCS) released a statement to day on the closures of two state correctional facilities, one being Livingston Correctional Facility in Sonyea, NY.
“The FY 2020 Enacted New York State Budget authorizes the closure of up to three Correctional Facilities operated by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, with 90 days’ notice to the temporary president of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly.
Based on this authorization, the Department has identified two correctional facilities for closure: Lincoln Correctional Facility in New York County and Livingston Correctional Facility in Livingston County,” said DOCCS Spokesman Thomas Mailey. The selection of facilities was based on a thorough review of the operations at the 54 correctional facilities. This review involved a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, physical infrastructure, program offerings, facility security level, specialized medical and mental care, potential reuse and the proximity of other correctional facilities to minimize the impact to the workforce. According to Mailey, the closures will eliminate approximately 1,200 vacant beds without impacting the safety and security of the 52 remaining facilities. The Department’s closure plan
provides a variety of options for staff to transition to other facilities or state agencies and continue their employment with the State.
Local politicians were were quick to respond in light of the recent decision, Marjorie Byrnes, Assemblywoman of the 133rd Assembly District of New York and Patrick Gallivan of New York’s 59th Senate District. “It is disheartening to hear that the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) has made the decision to sacrifice more upstate jobs. Closing the Livingston Correctional Facility this September will be a devastating loss for Livingston County, which has relied on this facility as its primary source of employment. In the coming months, I will work to cushion the impact of this terrible decision on our local economy and hardworking families who don’t deserve this,” said Byrnes.
The facility which currently has an incarcerated population 806 also has a staff of 327 who are facing potential unemployment.
“I am disappointed to learn of the decision by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to close the Livingston Correctional Facility in September. I thank the dedicated men and women who work at the facility and understand that this is a difficult time for them and their families. Over the next several months, I will work with DOCCS and the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) to ensure the transition is as smooth as possible and that all employees are afforded an opportunity to move to other facilities within DOCCS,” said Gallivan.
Currently there was no information given regarding the relocation of the current inmate population.