Prison Overcrowding: New York

Below is a summary of information including: statistics from New York’s Department of Corrections, an overview of the state’s prison overcrowding dilemma, as well as helpful references and points of contact for those interested in resolving the problem.

Facts and Figures 2007-2008

DOC COSTS

  • Annual budget – $2.5 billion
  • Average annual cost per inmate – $40,221

DOC STAFF and POPULATION

  • Total department active personnel – 30,000
  • Total number of facilities – 67
  • Total incarcerated under DOC jurisdiction – 60,000
  • Average age – 36.7 years

Organization of state divisions, view here.

PAROLE

  • Facilities – 30 field offices
  • Population – 30,349

OVERCROWDING QUICK FACTS

  • New York plans to close three correctional camps and seven prison annexes in October.
  • 334 Correction Officer positions were eliminated after the Fall 2008 housing unit consolidations.
  • According to the New York State’s Security Services Unit, New York’s correctional facilities are operating at 100% capacity.

POINTS OF CONTACT

NYS Department of Correctional Services
Building 2
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12226-2050
(518) 457-8126

NEWS AND MEDIA

  • State aid taken away as probation cases increase, read more.

HELPFUL LINKS

New York Department of Corrections

See also:

North Carolina Prison Overcrowding