Downstate Correctional Facility

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The Correctional Association (CA) visited Downstate Correctional Facility, a maximum security reception and classification facility for men operated by the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) on November 19, 2009. The facility is located in Dutchess County in the town of Fishkill, NY, approximately 60 miles north of New York City. Downstate was constructed in 1979 as the first facility designated entirely to the reception and classification of inmates. At the time of our visit, Downstate housed 1,130 inmates, with a total capacity of 1,234. The facility contains a 36-bed Special Housing Unit (SHU), which held 12 inmates in disciplinary segregation at the time of our visit. While the facility is dedicated to reception and classification, it also maintains a work cadre comprising non-reception inmates who reside at the facility to perform support services. The work cadre capacity is 288 inmates and at the time of our visit housed 274 inmates.

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