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State plans to close Mt. McGregor prison camp

State plans to close Mt. McGregor prison camp

The state announced plans this morning to next year close the minimum security camp at Mt. McGregor

The state announced plans this morning to next January close the minimum security camp at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Saratoga County.

The state cited a declining state prison population as the reason for the closure, which has been considered for years. The medium security portion of Mt. McGregor

Correctional Facility will continue to operate. The state also plans to close the Pharsalia and Gabriels correctional camps and the medium-security Hudson Correctional Facility.

The camps are each operating at about one-half capacity. Remaining inmates will be transferred to other camps and possibly other minimum security correctional facilities. Remaining inmates from Hudson in Columbia County, will fill vacancies at other medium security prisons. Hudson’s Work Release component will remain open.

According to a release this morning from the state Department of Correctional Services, the closures will save taxpayers $10.4 million in operating costs in 2008-09 and $33.5 million annually in operating costs beginning in 2009-10, plus nearly $30 million by avoiding prison capital expenditures. Those savings will help pay the estimated $20.6 million annual operating cost and $70 million two-year capital project cost to the state to provide expanded treatment and programs mandated by the state Legislature and the courts for mentally ill inmates and incarcerated sex offenders.

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