Monday, April 10, 2017

What Does It Mean for Hudson?

Late on Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo that announced an agreement had been reached on a $153 billion state budget, which includes, in addition to a plan for tuition-free education at state colleges, a plan to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18. Advocating for the latter, the Common Council, in February 2016, unanimously passed a resolution, initiated by Alderman Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward), in support of raising the age. The question this reform of the criminal justice system raises now is what happens next for the Hudson Correctional Facility?

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Last year, the Hudson Correctional Facility was transformed from being a medium security prison for male inmates to a facility for 16- and 17-year-old offenders of both genders. Now that, according to the plan, 16- and 17-year-old offenders will be tried in family court instead of criminal court, what ramifications might that have for the Hudson Correctional Facility?
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10 comments:

  1. Transform it into a State arboretum, like the multi-use Planting Fields Arboretum on Long Island.

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  2. a school of higher learning with educational focus on how to adjust / adapt to climate change and democratic principals

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    1. A school for democratic principles in Hudson! You are a card!

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  3. Affordable housing!!!!! Done well, aesthetically, environmentally, a place where we would all like to live!

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  4. This is the first of many challenges to test the efficacy of the new F&E Hudson government, to be sworn in next fall. Will the new government be more transparent or less? More representative or less? Will it get more done or less? Will it fight more or less. How will it approach the question of the Correctional facility? Should be interesting to watch.

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    1. You mean, will it be fairer, more transparent, more representative, and less inclined to fight than the rigged and demonstrably unfair situation that it's replacing?

      (This is a rhetorical question, which requires no answer.)

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  5. There is an article about closed prisons in rural/upstate areas of NY today in the Times.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/10/nyregion/closed-prisons-new-york.html

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    1. Thank you for this, Raoul Duke, but the Hudson Correctional Facility has not been closed yet, nor is it clear that it will be. It could be re-purposed, within the correctional system, for yet another thing.

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