How We Live Now
Crime and Punishment
Given that every day seems to bring news of more luxury condos coming to Chelsea (even the development sites are getting gussied up), we’re not surprised to hear that the likelihood of yet another local institution making way for high-end housing has riled the locals. What is unusual, however, is that the institution locals are so sad to see go is a medium-security prison.
“I consider it a tragedy that the prison is lost,” community board member Pamela Wolff told The New York Times, which reported on the state’s plan to lease or sell Bayview Correctional Facility, a medium security women’s prison at 550 West 20th Street. “The amount of recidivism was minimal. For those women, for this community, which for 35 years has been in perfect harmony with the use of that facility, the repercussions will never be measured.”
An administrative assistant at GVA Williams who was convicted of swindling $3 million from former company executive Andrew Roos over the course of nine years was denied parole earlier this month, The Commercial Observer has learned.
Agnes Dickinson, 59, was ordered to continue her up-to-13-year prison sentence at a Jan. 12 parole board hearing, according to the New York State Department of Corrections. She has been incarcerated at the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan since 2008, shortly after being convicted of grand larceny, forgery and money laundering.
“After a review of the record and interview, the panel has determined that, if released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law, and your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society,” the parole ruling reads.