Ritchie: House Parole Violators At Dry Hill Prison
State Senator Patty Ritchie is proposing north country parole violators be housed at Dry Hill prison.
The reason? Keeping violators in the Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County jails is costing those counties thousands of dollars.
Ritchie told 7 News that using Dry Hill would be an experiment, prompted by the fact that the prison recently closed a dormitory.
In a letter to corrections commissioner Brian Fischer, Ritchie notes "there are 44 parole violators being housed in local jails...costing county taxpayers from $90 to $130 a day for each, plus additional transportation and other costs to house excess inmates at facilities outside the area - over $1 million a year for taxpayers in just these three counties in unnecessary and unfair expense."
The issue of housing parole violators, which is a problem of the state prison system, is so frustrating for local officials that Ritchie has sponsored legislation that would require the state to "take custody of parole violators in a more timely fashion."
Ritchie said she looks forward to meeting with Fischer "soon." She also plans to meet with Dry Hill's administration.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, Watertown, NY
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