Share this article

print logo

WHY DO PRISON OFFICERS GET SUCH CHEAP HOUSING?

Workers at the Wyoming and Attica Correctional Facilities recently staged a picket objecting to the planned closing of several posts. Gov. Pataki views the elimination of these jobs as a way the state can save money. This would jeopardize the safety of all officers, civilians and inmates.

Many correctional facilities offer housing for their officers. Captains, lieutenants, sergeants and their families are living in these houses for extended periods of time. Not only is the rent inexpensive, but these people don't have to pay any state or school taxes.

It's time to set some limits. This housing should be used for officers who have transferred from another facility and have no place to live. Instead of cutting jobs, let's require workers to move after six months unless there are special circumstances that warrant staying longer.

SUSAN SITAREK Warsaw

There are no comments - be the first to comment