52,000 Inmates Graduate From NY Corrections’ Shock Program

ALBANY (AP) -
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday addresses the Department of Correction graduation in the Bronx. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday addresses the Department of Correction graduation in the Bronx. (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

Nearly 52,000 inmates have graduated from the New York state’s corrections shock program, with boot-camp style regimentation, discipline, exercise and work.

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision says the six-month program for non-violent offenders has saved the state more than $1 billion since it was established in 1987.

Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility, in Chautauqua County, last week graduated 34 inmates, raising to total to 50,193.

Since 2009, the Parole Board has approved about 80 percent of graduates for conditional release.

A recent three-year recidivism study of 3,087 graduates showed 28 percent returned for either a new felony conviction or violating parole, lower than the statewide recidivism rate of 40 percent.