Governor Cuomo tours Dannemora correctional facility shortly after the escape of two inmates in June. He and his predecessors have overseen a major reduction in the state's prison population.

NYS Prison Budget Climbs, Despite Fewer Inmates

New York State's prisons have shed a quarter of their inmates in the past 15 years, but the ranks of correction officers have thinned by a substantially smaller amount. Does that reflect real danger, union power or the demands of the Empire State's approach to incarceration?