Hundreds of supporters, dressed in orange t-shirts, attended a rally Monday afternoon at the Watkins Glen Community Center to keep the Monterey Shock Incarceration Facility open. The state says closing Monterey and two other prisons will save 30 million dollars a year. Town of Orange Supervisor Joslynn Harrison talked about the impact the scheduled closure in 2014 would have on Southern Tier economies.
Joslynn Harrison, Orange Supervisor
Retired Monterey Corrections Officer Rick Hughey says the program has a profound impact on inmates and their families.
Rick Hughey, retired Monterey employee
Sheriff Bill Yessman says the New York State Sheriff's Association stands behind keeping Monterey open.
Sheriff Bill Yessman
Camp Monterey was the first in the state to use so-called shock incarceration, similar to a military boot camp program. The facility has been targeted for closure in a money saving move.
An online petition to keep Monterey open can be signed HERE.
Senator Tom O'Mara
Legislature Chairman Dennis Fagan
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano
(All photos by Lucas Day, WFLR)