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. Of these inmates, 969 were housed in general population. The facility maintains a Special Housing Unit (SHU) for inmates in disciplinary confinement, which had a capacity of 32 inmates, and a Regional Medical Unit (RMU), which includes an in-patient unit for 60 patients and an out-patient unit providing specialty care services to inmates from Coxsackie and other prisons in the region. The CA last visited this facility in 2004.
The CA has been monitoring the high rates of suicide and self-harm in the state prisons for more than a decade and has repeatedly drawn attention to excessively high rates of harm at certain prisons and in specific locations, such as solitary confinement and residential mental health units, to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), the Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the legislature in the CA’s reports and legislative testimonies. DOCCS suicide rate from 2010-16 was 56% higher than the national average for all US prisons.Read More
If New York state were punishing misbehaving prisoners by pulling out their fingernails, I believe our local senators and assemblymen would put a stop to this. Yet the legislature continues to allow the extended use of solitary confinement in prisons. Make no mistake, this is torture. Don’t take my word for it. Go spend 15 [...]Read More
Reports & Research
“Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Association’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”
“The isolation itself is torture. Mentally and emotionally, it breaks you down. Spiritually it strips you. The way it is built is to break you down as a person and push your family away.” From “Solitary at Southport” Solitary confinement is torture. New York State subjects people to solitary confinement and other forms of isolation [...]Read More