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#1414208 - 08/25/13 01:34 PM 50 Cent may join effort to keep shock camp open
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Rapper 50 Cent, a Camp Monterey graduate, may join effort to keep facility open

Friday, during an update on the effort to keep open the Camp Monterey Shock Incarceration Facility, slated for closing next year, Legislator Philip Barnes, R-Watkins Glen, said he is speaking with rapper and actor Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson about getting involved.

50 Cent spent seven months at Camp Monterey in the mid-1990s, when he was 19. He adopted his performing name as a metaphor for “change” after graduating from Camp Monterey.

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#1423930 - 10/27/13 01:57 PM Re: 50 Cent may join effort to keep shock camp open [Re: newsman38]
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Camp Monterey supporters rally, tell of its ability to turn lives around

BIG FLATS — John Hayward was a punk kid more than 20 years ago, constantly in trouble with the police. Steve Ray had a problem with all authority, broke into a home and stole drugs when he was 17, and followed that exploit the next year when he was arrested for driving under the influence.

Kate Mizzoni couldn’t sleep after her out-of-control son was sent to Elmira Correctional Facility.

Saturday, all three — and many others — thanked former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, who decided 26 years ago to open the first “shock incarceration” camp in Schuyler County for young adults convicted of non-violent felonies. Cuomo felt youthful convicts needed the discipline and order of a boot camp, and not more time around hardcore inmates.

But no one at the Save Camp Monterey rally held at the National Soaring Museum on Harris Hill can figure out why Cuomo’s son, the current Gov. Andrew Cuomo, plans on closing the facility and three medium-security prisons in upstate New York.

The elder Cuomo set up a highly successful model for rehabilitating young adults, according to Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli.

Shock facilities are designed to provide a six-month “boot camp” type of atmosphere for non-violent offenders generally aged 16-24. Camp regimen includes drill instructors, physical training, counseling, substance abuse rehabilitation and education. The program also sends out work crews, saving municipalities and nonprofit groups hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, according to speakers at the rally.

Some 93 percent of those graduating from Monterey do not return to prison, according to the facility’s records.

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#1442290 - 03/30/14 02:03 PM Montery Shock a Start-Up NY tax-free zones [Re: newsman38]
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Four prisons slated for closure designated Start-Up NY tax-free zones

The state will close four prisons... but has a plan for using the properties after they cease operations in July.

The public protection bill, which was posted late Friday after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders reached an agreement on the 2014-15 state budget, includes a provision that will allow the four correctional facilities to be designated tax-free zones under the Start-Up NY program, pending a majority vote of the Start-Up NY approval board.

The Start-Up NY program, which was signed into law by Cuomo in 2013, establishes tax-free zones for new businesses on SUNY and private college campuses. New businesses that open within a tax-free zone won't have to pay business, property or sales taxes for the next 10 years, and employees won't be required to pay state income taxes for five years.

Along with Butler Correctional Facility in Wayne County, the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will shutter Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County, Monterey Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility in Schuyler County and Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Saratoga County.

March 29, 2014 11:31 am • Robert Harding | robert.harding@lee.net

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