Elmira Correctional Facility

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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. Of these inmates, 1,323 were confined in general population. The facility also maintains a Special Housing Unit (SHU) for inmates in disciplinary confinement, which was at its capacity of 54 inmates at the time of our visit. The CA last visited this facility in 2005.

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