NYS launches 'Prison Redevelopment Commission' to examine repurposing closed prisons

Repurposing Prisons
Posted at 3:38 PM, May 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-24 15:38:18-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York State announced Monday it has launched the "Prison Redevelopment Commission" to examine repurposing closed prisons.

The fifteen-member commission was first announced as part of Governor Hochul's 2022 State of the State address and according to the governor's office is comprised of experts across real estate, community and economic development, criminal justice reform, and government. It will be led by Hope Knight, Commissioner, President and CEO of Empire State Development and Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation.

The governor's office said the commission will "be focused on developing an action plan to turn empty prisons, many of which were job centers in their rural communities, into opportunities for communities to thrive."

The members of the Commission are:

  • Anthony Annucci, Acting Commissioner, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
  • Erik Kulleseid, Commissioner, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
  • Jeanette Moy, Commissioner, Office of General Services
  • Robert Mujica, Director, New York State Division of Budget
  • Roberta Reardon, Commissioner, New York State Department of Labor
  • Steve Acquario, Executive Director, New York State Association of Counties
  • Deborah Berke, Founding Partner, Deborah Berke Partners
  • Heather Briccetti, President and CEO, The Business Council of New York State
  • Jeff Buell, Principal, Redburn Development
  • David Buicko, President and CEO, Galesi Group
  • Penny Hill, Dean for Economic Development and Workforce Initiatives, Hudson Valley Community College
  • Christa Hines, Executive Director, Hudson River Housing
  • Stanley Richards, Deputy CEO, Fortune Society
  • Ryan Silva, Executive Director, New York State Economic Development Council
  • Deanna Van Buren, Founder, Designing Justice and Designing Spaces

According to the governor's office, the commission will convene throughout this year to engage in policy discussions, hear presentations from industry experts, and identify areas for deeper analysis. A public report, including recommendations for the next steps, will also be produced.

You can find more information here.