State prisons have as many as 8,000 excess beds at their 67 facilities, and the ratio of corrections officers to inmates far exceeds national averages, state records show. A review of population counts and staffing levels by Gannett's Albany Bureau shows that prisons are running at about 88 percent capacity -- with hundreds of open beds at some facilities.
These numbers come amid Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plans this year to lower the excess bed count by 3,700 to save the state roughly $72 million, perhaps leading to the closure of six prisons.
The data as of late April 2011 comes from the state Department of Correctional Services. It does not include the number of beds deemed "restricted vacancies" that can't be closed.