The correctional officers union has announced its support for a bill that was just passed in the New York State Legislature to stop doubling up inmates in cells meant for one person.
The bill to halt “double-bunking” will now be forwarded to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for his consideration.
The proposed new law would prohibit housing two inmates in a cell designed for one person in all state prisons.
The passage of the bill by the Assembly was hailed by the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association.
“Forcing incarcerated individuals to be ‘double-bunked’ was a necessary step decades ago when the state had to increase the capacity of its prison system, but that need no longer exists,” said NYSCOPBA President Michael Powers in a release.
“By passing legislation prohibiting this outdated practice, the state is finally right-sizing the system with the safety and security of our staff in mind.”
The Assembly bill was sponsored by Billy Jones, D-115, in Clinton and Franklin counties in the northeast corner of the state.
The Senate bill was sponsored by Luis R. Sepulveda, D-32, in the Bronx.