Cape Vincent Correctional Facility

Cape Vincent Correctional Facility is an 882-bed medium-security prison located in Cape Vincent, New York, on the border of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario.Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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