Sunday, February 26, 2023

Discussion time: Prison reuse

moriah shock prison

The futures of two closed Adirondack Park prisons are still in limbo. A panel of experts talked about redevelopment proposals. Read more here.

What should be done with former Adirondack prison buildings, now sitting vacant? Does the state have a responsibility as the owner to redevelop the properties?

Photo of Moriah Shock Correctional facility. Photo by Nancie Battaglia/Almanack archive

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.

4 Responses

  1. Boreas says:

    I am not sure NYS would be the best caretakers of these properties long-term, but properly updated with help from federal funding, most of us could see the value of the properties being used for short-term “acute housing” needs. Refugees, trail crews, temporary infrastructure labor, fire/flood evacuees, and homelessness of any sort would be populations that would much appreciate ANY housing to life under a tarp. Basically, motel rooms for the disadvantaged, supported by state, county, and federal funding. Services required by these tenants could boost local economies as well.

  2. robert a miller says:

    My grandfather worked at the Mt McGregor facility in the 1920’s til the 1940’s. It was a sanitarium owned by the Metropolitan Insurance Company —–but was eventually sold decades ago and became a NY State prison—–but what is it now? Can anyone point me to a web-site or whatever to learn more about the history of this place?

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