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Otsego County Correctional Facility

Two Inmates Arrested At Otsego County Jail

Inmate Faces Cocaine

Charge; 2nd, Assault

Nancy Callahan
Mark Russitano

COOPERSTOWN – A fight and possession of crack cocaine led to new charges against two Otsego County jail inmates, according to releases sent today by the county Sheriff’s Department.

Nancy Callahan, 39, Richfield Springs, was arrested Wednesday, May 2, for possession of crack cocaine while incarcerated.

Mark A. Russitano, 32, Utica, was arrested Monday, May 7, for fighting with another inmate, deputies said.

$16.7M Upgrades Proposed For Jail
COUNTY BOARD APRIL MEETING

$16.7M Upgrades

Proposed For Jail

Here's an artist's rending from Salt Lake County, Utah, of a "pod" plan that allows a single corrections officer to survey a whole cell block.  A consultant proposed a 32-cell triangular pod be added to the Otsego County jail.
Here’s an artist’s rending from Salt Lake County, Utah, of a “pod” plan that allows a single corrections officer to survey a whole cell block. A consultant proposed a 32-cell triangular pod be added to the Otsego County jail.

32-Cell “Pod” Would Let One Officer 

Survey Whole Block From One Post

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

Consultant Mark Kukuvka from Labella Associates of Rochester outlines $16.7 million in possible improvements to the Otsego County jail.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Consultant Mark Kukuvka from Labella Associates of Rochester outlines $16.7 million in possible improvements to the Otsego County jail. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

COOPERSTOWN – An engineering firm specializing in prisons this morning proposed $16.8 million in renovations and expansions to  the 25-year-old Otsego County Correctional Facility at The Meadows, including a futuristic 32-cell “pod” addition , to the county Board of Representatives.

Which begged the question, and county Rep. Len Carson, R-Oneonta, asked it:  “What would it cost to build a new facililty?”

The answer from Mark Kukuvka, representing Labella Associates of Rochester: $35 million, if one now being built by Herkimer County were the model.

Short of a new prison, Kukuvka outlined three options:

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