If you always dreamed of purchasing a prison, the Chateaugay Correctional Facility in New York is up for sale. The minimum bid is set at $100,000. A prison tour is available and the auction will take place at the Chateaugay Town Hall on July 24.
New York Puts a Prison Up for Auction
A large, abandoned prison facility is up for sale in Chateaugay, a rural town in New York. The Chateaugay Correctional Facility, as it was formerly known, closed down operations in 2014 and is up for auction on July 24. With a minimum bid set at $100,000, the auction will take place at the town’s Chateaugay Town Hall.
The unused prison facility has the following particulars for consideration:
- 99 acres property
- Over 30 buildings, totaling 98,000 square feet
- Modern construction of all buildings (1990)
- Vocational and recreational facilities
- Amenities such as kitchens, walk-in freezers, a dining hall, a backup diesel generator
About Chateaugay Correctional Facility
The town of Chateaugay (named after a location in France) is a 90-minute drive from Montreal, close to the Canadian border. It is about 200 miles north of Albany, near the beautiful Adirondack Mountains.
This town has a population of 2,000 people, with an average income of $40,000 annually. Many of the town’s residents worked at the Chateaugay Correctional Facility, which once housed 234 inmates.
Roughly 101 town residents lost their jobs when the prison closed down four years ago, said Don Bilow, Chateaugay Supervisor. The loss of jobs has created a lull in the economic activity of the town.
Many residents are now jobless and hoping to become employed again once another buyer puts the facility to good use. Former mayor of the City of Chateaugay, Assemblyman Billy Jones, who is also a former corrections officer, said:
“We were a large agriculture area at one time. When dairy farming decreased in the late 1980s or early 1990s, a lot of people found jobs in these prisons. To see them closing, it’s hard on our economy.”
Prison Closures Due To Declining Incarceration Rates
The prison facility was shut down by the state due to reduced incarceration rates, authorities say.
Since Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo assumed office in 2011, Chateaugay prison facility became one of the 13 New York state prisons closed down by the government. Only three of those 13 prisons have been sold off. One is used as an office park.
Incarceration rates were on the decline in New York since 1999, with prison populations declining by 30%, translating to 45,500 lesser inmates.
At the moment, the state saves close to $162 million per year due to the decrease of 5,500 prison beds in New York prison facilities. Analysts attribute the decreases to a reduction in crime and repeal of mandatory minimum sentencing.
Charles Omedo has a degree in Mass Communication and a PGD in Digital Communication. He worked as a newspaper/magazine reporter and editor for many years. Now, he writes daily news articles for private clients. Charles has written for US/UK/Canadian/Indian clients on various niches. He currently writes prison news for loved ones of inmates on the Prison Rideshare Network.