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NYSDOC - Attica Correctional Facility

State Prison

Last Updated: November 06, 2021
639 Exchange St, Attica, NY 14011-0149

Attica Correctional Facility is for State Prison offenders sentenced up to twelve months.

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NYSDOC - Attica Correctional Facility basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 585-591-2000

The inmates housed at Attica Correctional Facility located at 639 Exchange St in Attica, NY are placed according to their custody level (determined by a number of factors including the past criminal history and the length of their sentence). There are ample educational and vocational training programs for all inmates, especially ones that show a willingness to learn new things that will prepare them for a better life when they are released. The mission is to promote and prepare the offender to leave in better shape than when they arrived, giving them the best chance to never come back and thus lower the state's recidivism rate.

The Attica Correctional Facility is a maximum security/supermax New York State prison in the town of Attica, in Wyoming County New York, operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for about 2000 male inmates mostly with disciplinary issues. In fact, Attica CF is famous for holding many of the most dangerous criminals of the time.

The prison now holds many inmates who are serving various types of sentences (short-term to life), and who are usually sent to the facility because of disciplinary problems in other facilities. A CS (chlorobenzylidine malononitrile) tear gas system installed in the mess hall and industrial areas has been used to quell conflicts in these areas.

While incarcerated at Attica CF inmates can take vocational training in building/custodial maintenance, electrical, plumbing, heating, printing, welding, small engine repair, television repair, general business, and floor coverings. Specialized counseling for incarcerated veterans, substance abuse programs, and sex offender treatment is also available at this prison.

Attica was the site of a prison riot in 1971 which resulted in 43 deaths, of which 33 were convicts and ten were correctional officers and civilian employees.

Notable inmates

  • David Berkowitz, better known as Son of Sam, serial killer who confessed to killing six people and wounding several others in New York City during the late 1970s. Since becoming a Christian, Berkowitz has stated he does not want to be paroled and should pay for the sins he has committed. Berkowitz is now housed at Shawangunk Correctional Facility.
  • H. Rap Brown, Black Panther Party leader, served a sentence in Attica from 1971 to 1976.
  • Mark David Chapman, who pleaded guilty to murdering John Lennon in 1980. Chapman was sentenced to 20 years-to-life and has been denied parole ten times amid campaigns against his release. Chapman is now housed at Wende Correctional Facility.
  • Edward Cummiskey, Westies hitman during the 1970s.
  • Dean Faiello, an unlicensed physician who was charged in the manslaughter of Filipina-American banker Maria Cruz in 2003.
  • Jimmy Caci, a captain in the Los Angeles crime family spent eight years in Attica during the 1970s.
  • Colin Ferguson, who murdered six people on the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) in 1993. Ferguson was sentenced to multiple life sentences. Ferguson is now housed at Upstate Correctional Facility.
  • Kendall Francois, who murdered eight women, some of whom were prostitutes, and stored their bodies in his home in Poughkeepsie, New York. Francois, who was serving a life sentence without parole, died in September 2014.
  • Frank P. Giffune, the Italian mob "fall guy" was sent to Attica in 1940 and sentenced to 12–25 years for grand larceny.
  • Sam Melville, notorious as "mad bomber" in the 1960s, a Weather Underground member killed by New York State Police troopers during the "Attica Prison riot" of September 13, 1971
  • El Sayyid Nosair, 1993 World Trade Center bombing terrorist was housed in Attica for a short duration related to a different assassination.
  • Joseph 'Mad Dog' Sullivan, the only man who has ever escaped the prison.
  • Willie Sutton, who robbed 100 banks from the late 1920s to 1952.
  • David Sweat, who killed a Broome County sheriff's deputy in 2002 and escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015 was rehoused in Attica in 2017.
  • Valentino Dixon was found to be innocent and was released in 2018, after 26 years of incarceration, when another man confessed to the murder of which Dixon was accused.

NYSDOC - Attica Correctional Facility - Handbook for Families of Inmates

UNIT PROGRAM COMMENT Correctional Industries Metal Furniture Manufacturing Education (Academic) College Programs Education (Vocational) Building Maintenance Education (Vocational) Custodial Maintenance Education (Vocational) Electrical Trades Education (Vocational) Floor Covering Education (Vocational) General Business 2 Shops Education (Vocational) Plumbing and Heating Education (Vocational) Printing Education (Vocational) Radio and Television Repair Education (Vocational) Small Engine Repair Education (Vocational) Welding Guidance and Counseling Incarcerated Veterans Program Level II Guidance and Counseling Sex Offender Counseling & Treatment Program (SOCTP) ICP, GP Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Creaticve Writing Volunteer Services Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Volunteer Services Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Alternatives for Violence Project (AVP) Volunteer Services Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Family Reunion Program Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Visitor Hospitality Centers Special Subjects Youth Assistance Program Substance Abuse Treatment Services Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) Substance Abuse Treatment Services Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) ICP and RMHU

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Covid Visitation Information

Unfortunately, as a result of the significant increase in COVID-19 infections among the incarcerated population, staff and the surrounding communities, visitation will be temporarily suspended statewide, effective December 30, 2020. Non-contact legal visits will be allowed to continue under previously announced protocols.

The Department continues to work with our phone and tablet vendor as previously announced to ensure continued access to some free calls and secure messages each week. The Department will also make (5) free stamps available to the population for general correspondence.

We will continue to monitor the infection rates and resume visitation as soon as practical. We recognize that visitation is a vital part of family reunification and therefore, we will resume it when safe to do so.

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) encourages visits by family and friends, which can be a positive influence during the time a person spends in prison and after their release. Research shows that incarcerated individuals who receive regular visits adjust much better once they are released from prison when the privilege is used to maintain positive relationships.

DOCCS wants the visiting experience to be family-friendly and positive. The Department has Visitor Hospitality Centers that provide shelter and respite for visiting families and friends prior to entering the facility. Restrooms, a baby changing station, lockers for storing personal belongings, and information concerning rules and regulations pertaining to visitation, including packages for inmates, are available.

To ensure the safety of family, friends who are visiting, as well as our facilities staff and the incarcerated population, visits are subject to DOCCS rules. To help address questions you may have about visitations, DOCCS has prepared a variety of resources.

Visitation Information

NYSDOC - Attica Correctional Facility - Visitation

8:45 AM to 3:00 PM Weekends and Holidays Latest Arrival Time 2:00 PM
One non-legal visit per week, Sunday through Saturday
Latest Arrival Time 2:00 PM

SPECIAL HOUSING UNIT VISITING DAYS & HOURS (Inmates in SHU – 1 visit within 7 day period)
9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Monday to Sunday through Latest Arrival Time 1:30 PM

General population may visit any day of the week. However, if an inmate receives two (2) or more visits during the weekday, he will not be allowed visits on the weekend.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF VISITORS PER VISIT/DAY (How many people at a visiting table at one time)
Three (not including a child 1 year or younger)/Allowed up to two split visits a day.

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