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RITCHIE HAILS SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROTECT C.O.’s

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hailed passage of a bill she’s co-sponsored that gives stronger protection to corrections officers from inmates who throw their bodily waste at them.The Senate voted unanimously to approve S.2141, a bill which closes a loophole in the state’s Penal Law that makes it a felony for an inmate to throw human waste at a prison employee.“Every day, Corrections Officers put their safety on the line in order to protect us, and ensure the orderly operation of state prisons that can contain the most dangerous elements of our society,” Sen.

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SENATOR RITCHIE RETURNS TO VISIT NORTH COUNTRY PRISONS

Thanks Staff for Efforts that Helped Keep Facilities Open

State Senator Patty Ritchie returned to three state prisons in Ogdensburg and Gouverneur today to thank the officers, staff and administrators for their efforts to help keep the North Country facilities open, and to celebrate the news that every prison in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties had been spared the budget ax.

“Back in January, I visited each of the prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County, and gathered information from staff and officers about just how efficient and cost-effective these facilities are, representing a better deal for state taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Today, I returned to three of the facilities, Ogdensburg, Riverview and Gouverneur, to share with the dedicated workforce there that our strategy worked, and that Albany has recognized the good work they do, as do I,” Senator Ritchie said.

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SENATOR RITCHIE VISITS CAPE VINCENT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

Thanks Staff for Efforts that Helped Keep Facilities Open

State Senator Patty Ritchie returned to Cape Vincent Correctional Facility today to thank the officers, staff and administrators for their efforts to help keep the North Country facilities open, and to celebrate the news that every prison in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties has been spared the budget ax.

“Back in January, I visited each of the prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County, and gathered information from staff and officers about just how efficient and cost-effective these facilities are, representing a better deal for state taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

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SENATOR RITCHIE MEETS WITH NYSCOPBA OFFICERS

Discusses Impact Of Prison Closures

The NYSCOPBA officials spoke to Senator Ritchie about her successful efforts to keep the North Country prisons she represents open and her recent tour of the facilities.

They discussed security and staffing issues at the five prisons in her district and the 1,500 jobs the facilities provide in the region.

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RITCHIE JAIL CROWDING BILL OK’D BY SENATE PANEL

Aids Oswego, Jefferson, Other Counties Facing Inmate Crunch

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RITCHIE BILL TO EASE JAIL OVER-CROWDING PASSES IN THE SENATE

Would Allow Only 10 Days for Transportation of Parole Violators from County Jails to State Facilities; Save Taxpayer Dollars

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RITCHIE TO HOST SPECIAL MEETING ON JAIL OVERCROWDING

Corrections Committee Chair Sen. Michael Nozzolio, Sheriffs to Attend

Local and state leaders will join State Senator Patty Ritchie for a special meeting to address the issue of jail overcrowding on Monday October 15th at 12:00 p.m. in her Watertown office, located at the Dulles State Office Building on Washington Street. 

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RITCHIE, CORRECTIONS CHAIR MEET WITH LOCAL SHERIFFS ON JAIL CROWDING

After Meeting, Lawmakers Tour Empty State Prison as Possible Solution to Problem

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hosted a meeting with the Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Sheriffs, along with the Senate’s top expert on corrections and prison issues, to discuss the problem of state parole violators who are crowding county jails, and costing local taxpayers millions of dollars in unreimbursed expenses.

Senator Ritchie and Senator Michael Nozzolio, longtime chair of the Senate’s Crime Victims, Crime and Corrections Committee met for an hour with the Sheriffs before heading to the nearby, state-run Watertown Correctional Facility to tour two empty dorms that were recently closed down, and which the Senators said could be used to house the state inmates currently being held in the county lock-up.

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NYSCOPBA, WATERTOWN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY MAKE CHRISTMAS BRIGHTER FOR LOCAL KIDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently accepted a generous, $1,000 check for Toys for Tots in Jefferson County from representatives of NYSCOPBA and the Watertown Correctional Facility.

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RITCHIE CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE FOR MANDATE RELIEF

Senator Patty Ritchie questions state Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer concerning the problem of state parole violators filling local county jails--at county taxpayer expense.