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NY lawmakers vote to end double-bunking in prison

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 2:43 PM EDT
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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (WCAX) - Double-bunking inmates in New York prisons could soon be banned.

A bill that would end the housing of multiple inmates in one cell passed in both the Senate and Assembly, with bipartisan support.

The Corrections officers union in New York says double-bunking prisoners will make prisons and jails safer for inmates and staff members.

The union says prison violence has gone up over the last half-decade.

“This is one thing that we think is going to curtail the violence. I’m talking inmate-on-inmate as well as inmate-on-staff. It’s a safer environment for everybody if we just have a few less individuals in the setting and we get people a little more space, as opposed to two grown men living on a top bunk and bottom bunk, there’s not a necessity to have it that way,” said John Roberts of the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association or NYSCOPBA.

Roberts says during the pandemic, double-bunking was stopped to keep inmates safe and he says there would be no added cost to keep it.

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