Elmira Correctional Facility
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.
Correctional Association of New York releases “Solitary at Southport: A 2017 Report Based Upon the Correctional Assn.’s Visits, Data Analysis, & First-Hand Accounts of the Torture of Solitary Confinement from One of New York’s Supermax Prisons”
New York, NY (December 13, 2017): Today The Correctional Assn. of NY (CA), founded in 1844 and one of the oldest prison watchdog organizations in the country, released a 92-page report providing graphic first-hand depictions of physical, mental, and emotional abuse as a result of days, weeks, and often years of being caged in solitary confinement for 23 to 24 hours a day.Read More
Southport Correctional Facility is one of two super-maximum security prisons in the state that places an emphasis on solitary confinement. A new report looking at the facility’s practices is highlighting the negative impact solitary confinement can have on a human. So advocates are making a renewed push for the HALT Act. Joining us to talk [...]Read More
“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