Bare Hill Correctional Facility
The Correctional Association of New York (CA) visited Bare Hill Correctional Facility, a medium security facility for men located in Malone, New York, which is near the Canadian border, on June 3 and 4, 2008. At the time of our visit, the facility had a population of 1,691 inmates, near its capacity of 1,722. The facility was originally constructed to house half this number of inmates. While DOCS constructed additional housing units in the 1990s, areas like the visiting room and libraries did not expand. The facility also includes a 32-bed Special Housing Unit (SHU) that confined 32 inmates in disciplinary segregation at the time of our visit. In addition, Bare Hill operates an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program and a variety of educational and vocational programs.
In a letter to editor which appeared on Saturday, August 15, CA Executive Director Soffiyah responded to a New York Times article that reported beatings and others forms of abuse against those incarcerated at Clinton Correctional Facility, in apparent retaliation for the escape of two men from the prison in July. Read More
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Watch the Correctional Association’s video about the barbaric – and illegal – shackling of incarcerated women during childbirth. In 2009 New York enacted a statute restricting the use of shackles on women during childbirth. The law bans outright the use of restraints on women throughout labor, delivery and recovery “after giving birth,” which is meant [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities. The [...]Read More