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This fact sheet provides at-a-glance information about how many people are locked up in both state prisons and county jails and shows where the state stands on a variety of metrics, so that policymakers and the public can better determine where to target reforms.

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Total Number of People in County Jails and State Prisons, 2015
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Increasing Prison Wages to Dollars Just Makes Sense

Since the early 80s, New York State prison wages have remained the same, despite the ever-increasing prices of food, postage, products, and other needed items. Why is this so?

During the past 22 years of my incarceration, I’ve witnessed many changes in the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYS DOCCS). Some—like providing incarcerated individuals with tablets—have been enhancements that maintain family ties and strengthen relationships. Others—like the addition of “quick chill” food prod ...

  • Walter Ball
February 07, 2023