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.
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