Mid-Orange Correctional Facility
Mid-Orange Correctional Facility was a prison closed in 2011. It was located in Orange County, New York. It was an all-male facility, and a medium security prison. The facility is located in the town of Warwick, and is northeast of the village of Warwick on Kings Highway.
This facility was involved in a controversial case in which a correctional officer, Christopher Nuttall, started taking in cats left astray in the area. In collaboration with inmates, he cared for the cats and fed them. He was suspended and later fired on charges of "contraband and collaboration with inmates". Two months later, he was hired again, with the assistance of Council 82 (statewide correction officers union).
The prison was also the site of a strike by state prison employees in 1979. National Guardsmen were sent to the prison as strikebreakers, and were quartered in employee housing. This resulted in the only known caselaw for the Third Amendment, the US 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals case Engblom v. Carey.
The facility was targeted for closure in 2011 as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's prison closing program. As of 2019, the area surrounding the prison is used as recreational use for the county bike path and lake.
- "Governor Cuomo Announces Closure of Seven State Prison Facilities" (Press release). June 30, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
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