Hudson Correctional Facility
The Correctional Association visited Hudson Correctional Facility on November 14th and 15th, 2007. Hudson is a medium security prison located in Hudson, New York. It was built in 1887 as a reformatory for young women and retains its historical architecture. The prison also contains a minimum security annex area, separate from the main complex of buildings, which housed 56 inmates in the Work Release program and 41 inmates in the Industrial Training program. At the time of our visit, there were 415 inmates residing in the main complex’s “cottages,” where inmates either share dorm rooms of a few to eight men or occupy single rooms. Cottages have shared communal spaces such as television rooms and laundry facilities, and inmates have keys to their rooms. The prison offers a variety of treatment, vocational and educational programs in its general confinement area.
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