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NCJ Number: 47689 Find in a Library
Title: OLYMPIC PRISON
Journal: CORRECTIONS MAGAZINE  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:(JUNE 1978)  Pages:26-31
Author(s): J POTTER
Corporate Author: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Criminal Justice Publications, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THE CONTROVERSIAL DECISION TO USE THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE SITE OF THE 1980 WINTER OLYMPICS AS A MEDIUM-SECURITY PRISON AFTER THE GAMES ARE DISCUSSED.
Abstract: IN 1974, LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK, WAS OFFICALLY SELECTED AS THE SITE OF THE 1980 WINTER OLYMPICS, AND IN SEPTEMBER, 1976, THE PRESIDENT SIGNED INTO LAW A BILL AUTHORIZING $49 MILLION FOR SITE CONSTRUCTION, INCLUDING $14 MILLION FOR ATHLETES' HOUSING. HOWEVER, EVERYTHING BUILT FOR THE OLYMPIC IS REQUIRED TO HAVE A PERMANENT FUTURE USE, AND THE ATHLETES' HOUSING PRESENTED A PROBLEM. IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS WAS INTERESTED IN CONSTRUCTING A PRISON SITE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK, AND, FURTHER, THAT THE SECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ATHLETES' SAFETY WERE IDENTICAL TO THOSE FOR A MEDIUM-SECURITY PRISON. THE BUREAU OF PRISONS DECIDED TO BUILD THE FACILITY. ALTHOUGH MANY RESIDENTS OF THE AREA APPLAUD THE BUREAU'S MOVE BECAUSE OF THE PROSPECT OF INCREASED EMPLOYMENT, THE INHABITANTS OF RAY BROOK, THE ACTUAL SITE OF THE PLANNED FACILITY, FEAR A DECLINE IN PROPERTY VALUES, ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES, AND GOVERNMENTAL SECRECY DURING THE HOUSING CONSTRUCTION. THE NATIONAL COUNCIL ON CRIME AND DELINQUENCY SAYS THAT IT IS A CHILLING IDEA TO LOCK PRISONERS INTO ROOMS VACATED BY HEALTHY YOUNG ATHLETES, QUESTIONS WHETHER ANOTHER FEDERAL PRISON IS NEEDED, AND CHARGES THAT THE BUREAU OF PRISONS DISREGARDED ITS OWN GUIDELINES BY BUILDING A FACILITY SO FAR FROM THE CITIES FROM WHICH MOST OF THE PRISONERS WILL COME. PROPONENTS STATE THAT THE SITE IS A NATURAL CHOICE BECAUSE OF THE SIMILARITY IN SECURITY REQUIREMENTS. PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE LOCATIONS INVOLVED ARE INCLUDED. (KBL)
Index Term(s): Community conflict; Community support; Correctional facilities; Federal Bureau of Prisons; Medium security; New York
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