Governor Hochul Releases Prison Redevelopment Commission Recommendations

December 22, 2022

"Unlocking Opportunity" Report Summarizes Commission's Findings, Provides Short- and Long-Term Recommendations To Lay Groundwork for Successful Prison Redevelopment

Read the Commission Report Here

Governor Kathy Hochul today released the recommendations of the New York Prison Redevelopment Commission, a 15-member panel convened by the Governor earlier this year to reimagine closed prisons across New York State for innovative redevelopment. The recommendations were unveiled in Unlocking Opportunity: The Report of the Prison Redevelopment Commission, a 140-page report that includes detailed site analyses of 12 closed prisons and considers redevelopment opportunities for each site to help them better serve the State's economic needs.

"As we continue to move New York's economy forward, we are investing in communities across the state, including reimagining closed prison properties as hubs of regional opportunity," Governor Hochul said. "I am pleased that the Commission has done their due diligence and made these recommendations based on community input to create jobs, save taxpayer money, and bring these buildings to new life as economic engines.

Empire State Development President, CEO, and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "I am proud to have co-chaired this Commission and of the work that has been done to compile this comprehensive report on the future development of our unused and underused prison facilities. The Commission's work, supported by extensive research and stakeholder engagement, has produced workable and realistic recommendations that will help shape a roadmap for impacted communities to follow well into the future."

Read the full press release here.