Washington Correctional Facility
The Correctional Association (CA) visited Washington Correctional Facility on July 28th and 29th, 2009. Washington is a medium security prison located next to Great Meadow Correctional Facility in Comstock, New York. It was opened in 1985 and is an example of what is known as a “cookie-cutter prison,” one of many prisons constructed with the same blueprint during the 1980s to accommodate the state’s ballooning prison population. At the time of our visit, the facility had a capacity for 924 inmates and held a total of 868 inmates. The facility had a 32-bed Special Housing Unit (SHU), which held 20 inmates in disciplinary confinement at the time of our visit. The remaining 848 were housed in general confinement.
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