Three state facilities for teenagers are becoming high-priced ghost jails as teenagers in trouble are sent to programs closer to home, usually in the New York City area.
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What are the elected and appointed officials of the State of New York thinking? How can they reduce the prison-industrial complex? Not only is the state closing adult prisons, but now it appears that juvenile facilities are also being emptied. The other interesting aspect of this story is that more effective and cost efficient programs are contributing to the demise of juvenile facilities.
The politics of the prison-industrial complex situation could be a factor in the near future. Public unions, rural economic development, and the for-profit prison industry could try to reverse the current trend in New York.
Obviously other states should take a look at what is happening in New York.