Lawmaker, NYSCOPBA push for end of double-bunking in state prisons

How about an end to double-bunking in prisons across New York State?

One lawmaker is making that exact push. The proposal would end the practice of double bunking in medium security prisons across the state. That move has been pushed for years by the union that represents corrections officers.

The bill is backed by Assemblyman Billy Jones and the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association. It would limit the number of inmates allowed in a medium security dormitory. By only allowing 50 inmates, the state would end double-bunking.

Assemblyman Jones says the move needs to happen before any more prisons are closed.

“The prison setting is stressful enough without requiring a single officer to supervise 60 inmates during a shift,” Jones said. The practice of double bunking is irresponsible and outdated.”

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