The latest class from the Monterey Shock Incarceration program graduated Thursday morning. In late July, the Cuomo administration announced plans to close Monterey and three other state correctional facilities over the next 12 months as part of a statewide downsizing and consolidation initiative. State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano attended Thursday's ceremony. O'Mara says the work the inmates do for local communities is so important financially.
O'Mara emphasized they don't want to keep Monterey open just to provide free services to our governments since that is not the purpose of incarceration or the criminal justice system.
O’Mara, Palmesano, Assemblyman Chris Friend and Congressman Tom Reed have joined other local leaders, Monterey employees and area residents to spearhead an ongoing effort urging the Cuomo administration to reconsider its decision to close the facility, noting the loss of community service provided by the facility, loss of local jobs and other local economic consequences that will result from shutting down Monterey. There are currently 124 employees at the Monterey facility.