On Monday, Broome County Sheriff Fred Akshar announced an increase in visitation hours at the Broome County Sheriff's Correctional Facility.

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In a press release, Sheriff Akshar announced that visitation hours had been doubled from 15 hours per week to 30 hours per week, effective immediately. The Broome County Sheriff's Correctional Facility will have visitation hours on Monday through Friday from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm.

Additionally, visitors will no longer be required to make an appointment for visitation. So visitors will now have more flexibility in going to see loved ones at the Broome County Sheriff's Correctional Facility.

"One of the issues I heard repeatedly from community members before I became Broome County Sheriff was the lack of access for families to visit their loved ones who found themselves incarcerated," said Sheriff Akshar. "Our entire team at the Broome County Sheriff's Office is committed to reducing recidivism through Responsible Reentry, and expanded visitation is just the first of many changes we're making to help better ensure that incarcerated individuals have the services and support they need on the inside to help better prepare them to reenter society and not reoffend on the outside."

Broome County Correctional Facility Visitation
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Sheriff Akshar also said "The bottom line is we do not want to see these incarcerated individuals within the confines of the Correctional Facility again. One of the most important components to reducing crime is breaking the cycle of release and re-offense."

The press release also indicated that Sheriff Akshar intends to further expand visitation, as well as expanding programs and services to help incarcerated individuals best prepare to reenter the outside world.

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