Westchester jailbreak sparks controversy over work detail programs

There's a call to stop work detail programs after a prisoner escaped.

On Wednesday, police say 42-year-old Louis Cortalano walked away from a prison work program at the Hudson Hills Golf Course in New Castle. He was captured four hours later after he allegedly forced a Mount Vernon woman to drive him to Ossining's Metro-North Train Station.

The incident has critics of the work detail program speaking out on why it should be done away with. Kelly Jones, a spokesman for a taxpayers group contends that the use of inmates is an attempt by the county to avoid responsibility for the price tag of Hudson Hills Golf Course.

Another critic of the program, Republican Legislator George Oros, says Cortalano's escape is just one more black mark for the project.

As for Cortalano, he is now facing charges for his escape.

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