Albany County Correctional Facility

How you are treated makes a difference in who you are — that's true of dogs as well as people, including prison inmates.

Dogs that few want to adopt — most of them are pit bulls — get training from county jail inmates, which helps the inmates as well as the dogs.

Adam Rappaport’s suicide last month in the Albany County jail embodies two nationwide problems for inmates today — drug addiction and self-harm.

Before he hanged himself in his jail cell, Adam Rappaport doodled on prison stationery, lightly penciling in one corner, in small capital letters next to a six-point star the word "hope" — only this and nothing more.

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Phyllis Rosenblum grew up with nine siblings on a small farm and learned the value of self-sufficiency; she wants to pass that on to prisoners in the county jail and has started a garden for them to tend. We endorse the project.

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