Marcy Correctional Facility
The Correctional Association (CA) visited Marcy Correctional Facility, a medium security prison for men in Marcy, NY, on April 2nd and 3rd, 2008. At the time of our visit, Marcy had a total inmate population of 1,093 men, close to its capacity of 1,122. The facility recently closed its disciplinary housing unit, the 200-bed S-Block, to begin construction on a Residential Mental Health Unit (RMHU) as the result of litigation and legislation requiring enhanced services for inmates with serious mental illness who are sentenced to disciplinary housing. The Visiting Committee was not permitted to visit the construction site, nor was the facility able to provide information on the new construction. The facility operates academic, vocational, and Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment programs.
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