Assemblywoman Russell: OCF Will Remain Open

June 22, 2010

“After yesterdays passage of the Public Protection and General Government budget bills by the Senate (A.9700/S.6600 and A.9706/S.6606), all the families, business and community members who have been fighting so hard to see that OCF remain open can rest easy tonight knowing one small community took on bureaucracy and won. I have received in writing, assurance from the Department of Correctional Services Commissioner, Brian Fischer, that upon passage of the budget bills he will rescind the notice of closure for OCF, protecting its 287 jobs. I want to once more extend my sincere thanks and congratulations to all those who have helped in this effort, without all of you this would not have been possible.

“OCF will continue to be a top priority of mine, and I will continue my proactive approach to ensure it remains open for many years to come. Next time the state decides to look at OCF it should be to identify its efficiencies and to model other facilities across the state after it, not to target it for closure.”

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