10.01.2012

Auburn Correctional Facility

Auburn was the first prison to implement the “Auburn System,” a system of incarceration in which incarcerated people worked in groups during the day, were housed in solitary cells during the night, and lived in enforced silence. Today, Auburn Correctional Facility operates as a maximum security, DOCCS-operated prison for men ages 21 and older.Read More

10.26.2011

Mohawk Correctional Facility

The Correctional Association (CA) visited Mohawk Correctional Facility, a medium security male prison located near Utica in the city of Rome, New York on July 12th and 13th, 2010. Situated on the southern portion of the Mohawk-Oneida campus, a 150-acre complex that originated as a residential center for the developmentally disabled, Mohawk was converted into a prison in 1988. Mohawk held 1,167 inmates at the time of our visit, with 1,117 of those in general confinement.Read More

07.28.2011

Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility

The Correctional Association (CA) visited Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men, on May 5th, 2010. This facility is located in Wilton, New York, approximately 40 miles north of Albany and just outside of Saratoga Springs. Prior to serving as a correctional facility, the site hosted a variety of institutions including a hotel, a tuberculosis sanitarium, and a convalescence center for returning World War II veterans. Converted into a 150-capacity, minimum-security camp in 1976, Mt. McGregor grew to become the first New York State correctional facility dedicated to providing alcohol and substance abuse treatment in 1982.Read More

07.01.2011

Otisville Correctional Facility

Otisville is a medium-security prison for men committed to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) located in the town of Mount Hope, Orange County, New York, approximately 90 miles northwest of New York City. The facility operated as a tuberculosis sanitarium, a facility to house system-involved youth, and then a drug treatment center before it was acquired in 1976 by DOCCS and converted to a medium-security prison for male prisoners. Read More

06.13.2011

Coxsackie Correctional Facility

The Correctional Association (CA) visited Coxsackie Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison for men located in Greene County, approximately 120 miles north of New York City, on May 26 and 27, 2010. At the time of our visit, the facility had a capacity for 1,074 individuals and confined 1,029 inmates.Read More

05.16.2011

Hudson Correctional Facility Reentry Unit

The Correctional Association (CA) visited Hudson Correctional Facility, a medium security prison operating a pilot "reentry" unit for men on May 27, 2010. The facility is located in Hudson, NY, approximately 115 miles north of New York City. At the time of our visit, Hudson housed 360 inmates, with a total capacity for 402. Read More

04.01.2011

Attica Correctional Facility

Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum-security prison located in Wyoming County in Western New York is the one of most notorious prisons in New York State, if not the country. The facility’s infamous history continues to infect the atmosphere and conditions facing inmates. A shadow was cast upon the facility in early September 1971, when 1,300 inmates rebelled to protest their conditions of confinement. The rebellion, during which the inmates held 40 correction officers hostage for five days, resulted in a siege of the facility by state troopers that left 43 casualties, including 33 inmates and 10 guard hostages.Read More

03.16.2011

Reentry Programs in New York State Prisons: Queensboro and Orleans Correctional Facilities

Each year 27,000 inmates—nearly 40 percent of the prison population—return home from prison. Reentering society is often a difficult transition, especially for individuals with long prison terms as many of their communities have evolved and changed over time. How well inmates are prepared for their reentry has a significant impact on their overall success on the outside and on the quality of life in their communities.Read More

03.11.2011

Elmira Correctional Facility

The Correctional Association (CA) visited Elmira Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison for men located in Elmira, New York, on March 10 and 11, 2010. Often referred to as "the Hill," Elmira opened in 1876 as the country's first "reformatory" and is today a general confinement facility and reception center. At the time of our visit, the facility was at capacity with 1,796 inmates, including 429 beds in its reception center.Read More

02.25.2011

Sing Sing Correctional Facility

The Correctional Association (CA) visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility on April 27 and 28, 2009. Sing Sing is a maximum security prison located in Ossining, New York, 35 miles north of New York City. At the time of our visit, the facility had an inmate population of 1,730 men, 1,579 of whom were in general confinement, and a capacity to house 1,803 men. The population decreased from 2,300 inmates at the time of our last visit in 2003, largely due to the closing of the facility's "Tappan" building. The facility also has a 30-bed Special Housing Unit (SHU) for inmates in disciplinary confinement, which held 24 inmates at the time of our visit.Read More