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Local history:
Closing a Prison, Deferring a Dream
What's lost when a prison closes?
Skidmore College
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Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College
815 N Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1632
September 2, 2017October 11, 2017

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New York: Closing a Prison, Deferring a Dream
What's lost when a prison closes?
Skidmore College

In 2014, as New York State’s prison population declined, state officials shuttered Mount McGregor. This medium-security correctional facility had a long history of creative rehabilitation. In the 1910s, it was a sanitarium for tubercular patients. After WWII, it welcomed convalescing veterans. In 1982, now a prison, it developed the state’s first Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program. As the War on Drugs increased prison populations in the 1980s, and state politicians cut funding for carceral programs in the 1990s, teachers, counselors, and prisoners themselves empowered incarcerated men to change their lives. Programs provided incarcerated men with support to survive and thrive; ironically, many lost access to such support upon release. Mount McGregor’s closing raises questions about what prisons are for, how to treat people who remain locked up in an age of decarceration, and how to address economic in equality, racism, and other factors that condition prisoners and their communities.

Our Point of View

We are undergraduate students who knew little about prisons. We conducted interviews with formerly incarcerated men, volunteer teachers, prison officials, and other people tied to Mount McGregor to tell a personal, human story about the struggle to survive life behind bars in a medium-security prison. We hope to encourage a dialogue about the best way to help incarcerated people overcome the challenges they face behind bars and as they reenter society.

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New York: Closing a Prison, Deferring a Dream    Skidmore College
What's lost when a prison closes?
New York: Closing a Prison, Deferring a Dream
What's lost when a prison closes?
  Skidmore College

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