Ph.D. Student Quoted in The Nation on Prison Closures

Ph.D. student Jack Norton (Earth and Environmental Sciences), who studies prisons and development in northern New York, was quoted in a Nation feature on the recent trend of selling former prisons to private foundations and other nonprofits. 
 
The article, “What Happens When Old Prisons Are Given Back to Their Communities,” detailed the closure of several prisons in New York State. In 2011, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that seven prisons would close; in all, 14 New York prisons have been shut down in the past few years.
 
“While prison closures are a positive development for New York, the process has been opaque,” Norton told The Nation. “People in the towns where prisons have been closed have no idea why those particular facilities were shuttered, and those in the communities where most people in prison come from are not seeing any tangible benefits from the money saved from the closures.”

Submitted on: NOV 5, 2015

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