New Senate bill won’t help Oswego County jail overcrowding

by Carol Thompson

A bill passed by the New York State Senate designed to help jail overcrowding won’t have much of an impact on Oswego County, according to Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd.

“We haven’t had a state problem,” Todd said Wednesday. “It’s kind of a non-issue.”

The legislation, introduced by Senator Patty Ritchie, amends the correction law to give the Department of Correctional Services 10 days to transport parole violators from county jails to state facilities.

“In prisons in both Central and Northern New York, state parole violators are contributing to jail overcrowding,” Ritchie said in a press release.

“That’s forcing some leaders to call for expansions, while at the same time the state is looking to downsize empty prisons,” she added. “This just doesn’t make sense. This legislation will ensure that local taxpayers aren’t footing the bill to house, feed and guard state prisoners for longer than they should have to.”

Under the bill, the state would have to reimburse counties for the cost of any state inmate that is left in a county jail beyond the 10-day period, according to the press release.

According to Todd, the state already does reimburse.

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