Dutchess County jail

Dutchess Jail Project To Be Smaller In Size And Cost

May 23, 2019

A controversial jail complex project will be reduced in both size and cost. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro made the announcement Wednesday, following his meeting with the New York state Commission of Correction Tuesday.

Composite Image by Dave Lucas (WAMC)

The Commission of Correction has identified five jails as the “worst” in New York state. The Greene and Dutchess County Jails are on the list.

NYCLU Lawsuit In Dutchess Aims To Effect Bail Reform

Jan 11, 2018
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The New York Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit alleging a Dutchess County man was put behind bars unfairly because he could not afford the cash bail. The man was accused of misdemeanor shoplifting. The NYCLU hopes the suit makes a case for bail reform at the same time Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for reform.

Courtesy of Dutchess County government

The Dutchess County legislature will hold a special meeting Monday evening to vote on a bond resolution to fund a new jail. The question of funding a jail of its proposed size and cost has brought out supporters and detractors in recent days, with petitions, robocalls, and attempts to swing legislators’ votes in either direction.