The Mid-Orange Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison in Warwick, New York
that was closed last year, is now for sale, just one of several former state prison properties that are planned for sale to the general public. In 2011, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo closed seven prisons in the state in an effort to save more than $180 million.
The Mid-Orange prison site offers 40 acres inside a secured perimeter, and a massive 686 acres outside. There are 81 separate buildings, a 10-bed special housing unit, a 12-bed medical quarter, as well as all the amenities that were enjoyed by Empire State convicts for many years, including a gymnasium, mess hall, baseball field, and fully-functioning farm which overlooks Wickham Lake.
Though it is not uncommon to see prisons for sale in the United States, it can be a very hard sell. Though the properties are often massive, there seems little interest in purchasing such a vast property, and then paying for the refurbishing and renovating of the property. Last year, the Bill Clayton Detention Center in Littlefield, Texas
sold for an estimated $6 million. In Boston
, the Charles Street Jail facility, where Malcolm X was once incarcerated, was sold to MTM Luxury Lodging and was converted into a 5-star hotel. The signature cocktail in their lounge is the 'Jailbait.'