Lansing Youth Detention Facility to Close in July, 65 State Workers to be Relocated
Representatives of the State Office of Children and Family Services officially served closure notices yesterday at the Lansing Residential facility; the youth detention center will be closed by the end of July.
The Lansing detention center along with the Middletown Residential Center in Orange County will both be closed. 113 jobs are at risk including 65 at Lansing.
The closures come as the state looks to save money and take youth detention services in a different direction, including housing the incarcerated teens closer to home.
The 25-bed Lansing facility holds females aged 12 to 18. The 40-acre campus has nine buildings, including a gymnasium.
Both Lansing and Middletown are labeled “non-secure” facilities.
The state Civil Service Employees Association has criticized the plan.
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, D-Ithaca, said she’s been assured by the governor’s office that it will work to help find comparable state work for the soon-to-be-displaced employees at the Lansing facility.