Anthony Annucci, New York’s acting commissioner of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, told legislators on Tuesday, January 25 that no prison closures are proposed for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
The news comes after the past three state budgets gave the governor authority to expedite the process of closing correctional facilities, according to The Citizen. In November 2021, Governor Kathy Hochul announced six state prisons would close their doors on March 10, 2022, largely due to a decline in prisoner population across New York.
This closure of six prisons and 18 other correctional facilities has prompted questions over how to vacated facilities will be reused. Annucci told legislators that Gov. Hochul is planning to create a new commission of both public and private sector members to address this issue.