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North Country leaders blast decision to shutter Clinton Correctional Facility Annex
By mychamplainvalley.com- Devin Bates
Published: 12/22/2020

The New York State Department of Corrections announced Monday that Clinton Correctional Facility Annex will close early next year, sparking outrage from several North Country elected officials over the timing of the State’s decision and the impact it may have on employees and families.

The Annex is an extension of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora and operates as a maximum security prison. Local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed frustration upon hearing that the facility will be shuttered.

“Four days before Christmas, what a punch in the gut,” said Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay Lake). “I know the Department of Corrections has said there’s not going to be job loss, but there certainly will be some job relocation out of this, and whenever you have that it certainly disrupts that employee, and it’s a huge disruption to their families.”

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