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NY state sets tougher prison visitation rules

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New York correctional officials have set tougher rules that would suspend inmates' visitation privileges for up to six months for a drug violation. More from WAMC's Dave Lucas.

The revised rules, effective this week at the state's 60 prison facilities, also authorize indefinitely suspending visitors' privileges for misbehavior that gets them kicked out once.

According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, previously inmates found by staff to commit a drug violation and sent to special housing were eligible for visits.

Violations by visitors typically have meant termination of that visit.

Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer says the changes will enhance the visitation program while strengthening prison safety and security.

More than 54,000 inmates are incarcerated in the state prison system.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.