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 2015, CA Executive Director Soffiyah Elijah organized three trips to Cuba, providing travelers an opportunity to observe up close how Cuba's criminal justice system operates in comparison -- and contrast -- to the way that the United States' system prosecutes and incarcerates people. In a recent 2016 issue of Guernica magazine, writer Hyatt Bass, who was a part of one of the CA delegations to Cuba, interviewed Elijah about the distinctions between the two countries when it comes to the concept of punishment.Read More
“I just want to start from, I guess, what happened at the end,” Alicia Barraza said softly into the microphone. “On October 30 of 2014, we lost our 21-year-old son when he took his own life at Fishkill Correctional Facility.”Standing at thepodium of a press conference at the state capital in Albany, NY, just two [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
The Correctional Association of NY released a report on March 31, 2016 about Collins Correctional Facility, highlighting the large number of people with mental illness incarcerated at Collins and the lack of support and programs for these and other people incarcerated at the prison. Collins Correctional Facility is a medium security prison in western New [...]Read More
Under unique statutory authority granted to the CA in 1846, WIPP monitors conditions in women’s prisons in New York, a role played by no other group in the country. WIPP coordinates the Coalition for Women Prisoners, a statewide alliance of more than 1,800 people, and carries out advocacy campaigns to reform harmful criminal justice policies. [...]Read More