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.
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
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“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