Racial Divides Pop Up in How New York Cuts Jobs of Prison Guards

When New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced in June that he will close seven state medium and minimum-security prison facilities, he not only put thousands of jobs in peril, he signified the political and racial divide in the state’s correctional facilities.

Cuomo spared the state’s maximum-security prisons, which are primarily located in white, rural, Republican, upstate communities, while the many Black and Hispanic employees that work in the New York City minimum and medium security prisons face the prospect of unemployment.

The three medium and four minimum-security facilities to be closed employ a total of 1,531 people, according to the State Department of Correctional Services.