New York to close four prisons as inmate population shrinks

State corrections officials say they plan to close four more prisons in response the shrinking number of drug offenders behind bars.

The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision announced plans Friday to close the minimum-security Monterey Shock facility in Schuyler County, the location of a CNY Central report on shock incarceration in April.

Three medium-security facilities are also slated to close: Butler in Wayne County, Chateaugay in Franklin County and Mt. McGregor in Saratoga County.

State officials cite a "dramatic" reduction in drug offenders in those prisons.

The prisons will remain open for a full year, giving administrators time to transfer inmates to others. Officials say they want to prevent layoffs by moving employees to other facilities.

New York has closed seven prisons since 2011 and will close two more in September. The state currently operates 60 prisons.

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