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.
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