EXCLUSIVE: Gov. Cuomo proposes reduction in visitation days for inmates at state’s maximum security prisons

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From The New York Daily News:

ALBANY – Inmates at the state’s maximum security prisons are facing fewer visits from people on the outside under a proposal by Gov. Cuomo.

Cuomo in his budget plan unveiled last week tucked in a plan to reduce the number of days in which visits are allowed at maximum-security state prisons to three days a week, down from seven.

Cuomo in his budget book said the change is designed to make visitations at maximum-security prisons “align more closely with medium-security correctional facilities.”

But the Assembly Democrats say Cuomo told them during a budget briefing the move would allow the state to save $2.6 million by eliminating 39 positions.

“I don’t think it is the humane thing to do,” said Assemblyman David Weprin, the Queens Democrat and new chairman of his chamber’s corrections committee. “It’s really penalizing the families of inmates.”

Weprin also said for inmates, the visitations is there main contact with the outside world and their families.

Jack Beck, of the Correctional Association of New York, called the proposal an “unwise policy change” that could make prisons less safe by taking away an incentive for inmates to be better behaved.

“Visiting is crucial to not only the person inside but also their families,” Beck said.

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