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NEW YORK � In the wake of a series of unsettling breaches of courthouse security around the nation, the Office of Court Administration Wednesday released a comprehensive set of 47 proposals to better protect New York courthouses. A 10-member task force of court officials offered an amalgam of proposals, both large and small, to bolster security. They ranged from providing all 1,200 state-paid judges with bullet-proof benches to insuring that prisoners change into civilian clothes before they are brought to courthouses for appearances. The 51-page report is available on the court system’s Web site at www.courts.state.ny.us. In the last decade, the court system has handled 1,300 threats to judges without any serious disruption of courthouse routine, said Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, who ordered the review. But, he added, the recent slaying of a judge and two court employees in an Atlanta courtroom and the murder of the husband and mother of a federal judge in Illinois “prompted a top-to-bottom review of security procedures throughout the state to make sure that we have the most modern, state-of-the-art security procedures possible.” OCA will spend $342 million, or nearly 17 percent of its $2.1 billion budget, for security in the current fiscal year, which ends March 31. There are 3,500 court officers statewide, an all-time high, with 2,500 deployed in New York City. Among the report’s recommendations:

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