ALBANY, N.Y. – A rally was held in Albany on Tuesday to protest Cuomo's plan to close New York State prisons.
The NYS Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), state leaders, and families, rallied against Cuomo's proposed closures of corrections and mental health facilities in New York State.
"The Governor's plan will result in drastically decreased mental health services statewide, hundreds of lost jobs, a more dangerous workplace for our members, and economic devastation to many Upstate communities," said NYSCOPBA President Donn Rowe.
NYSCOPBA says that New York's correctional facilities are overcrowded, and there is a high population of violent offenders. They say more than 10,000 inmates are forced to double bunk.
They say that Cuomo's plan to close a number of mental health facilities across the state will create crisis in the system.