Wende Correctional Facility
The Correctional Association (CA) visited Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security facility for men operated by the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) and located in Western New York in the town of Alden, on January 27 and 28, 2009. At the time of our visit, Wende had a population of 914 inmates, close to its capacity of 961. The prison offers a variety of treatment, vocational and educational programs, including substance abuse treatment, a Special Needs Unit (SNU) for inmates with developmental disabilities, and resources specific to the physically and sensorially disabled. The prison also has several different mental health programs, including an Intensive Intermediate Care Program (IICP), a Transitional Intermediate Care Program (TICP), and a Group Therapy Program (GTP) for inmates in disciplinary confinement. There is also a Protective Custody (PC) unit for inmates determined to be at risk in general population and a Regional Medical Unit, providing in-patient care for chronically ill inmates.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Release of 2017 Report of First Hand Accounts of People in Solitary at Southport Prison
(December 11, 2017, NY:) Lawmakers, Advocates, Southport solitary survivors, and Family Members join the Correctional Association of New York (CA) to release a stunning new CA report about Southport Prison, featuring first-hand accounts of brutality, self-harm, mental, emotional, and physical abuse at one of only two prisons in New York State devoted primarily to solitary confinement.Read More
ALBANY — New York’s complex of 54 state prison facilities is struggling to fill vacant jobs for nurses, doctors and other health care providers. Filling those vacancies and dealing with an aging prison population at facilities across the state have become among the tallest challenges for the $3 billion correctional system, top administrators concede. In [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
The Correctional Association of NY released a report on March 31, 2016 about Collins Correctional Facility, highlighting the large number of people with mental illness incarcerated at Collins and the lack of support and programs for these and other people incarcerated at the prison. Collins Correctional Facility is a medium security prison in western New [...]Read More