NYSDOC - Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (Women)

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Last Updated: August 24, 2023
247 Harris Rd, Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2400

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

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NYSDOC - Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (Women) basic information to help guide you through what you can do for your inmate while they are incarcerated. The facility's direct contact number: 914-241-3100

The inmates housed at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility located at 247 Harris Rd in Bedford Hills, 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.

Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women is a prison in Bedford Hills in the Town of Bedford, Westchester County, New York, United States, at 247 Harris Road. Bedford Hills, the only New York State Department of Correctional Services women's maximum security prison, is the largest women's prison in New York state and has hosted many infamous prisoners. The prison previously opened under the name Westfield State Farm in 1901.

Bedford Hills is one of several New York facilities exclusively for women, the others being Albion Correctional Facility and Taconic Correctional Facility. Its family-centered program, founded by Sister Elaine Roulet, has served as a model for other prison programs in the United States and is considered the standard for innovative family-centered programs.

In August 1974, the prisoners briefly took over parts of the prison in reaction to a prison organizer's assault at the hands of guards in what came to be called the August Rebellion.

The facility prides itself on it family-centric programs. Prison Industries offered at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility include a telephone customer service center for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Vocational training in cosmetology, horticulture, business, printing, dog training, and computer technologies is offered to eligible inmates. Inmates can also receive alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Additional programs offered at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility include an alternative for violence, family reunion program, rehabilitation through the arts

The prison nursery, located in the Infant Development Center on a single floor of a building, was established in 1901. The prisoners there are separate from the general population. Eligible prisoners did not have involvement with child welfare authorities, and the program does not accept those who did violent crimes. Children are kept in the nursery until 12 months (one year), although this can be extended up to 18 months (1 1/2 years) so the mother can be released with her child.

Notable inmates

  • Kathy Boudin, Convicted in 1984 for her involvement in the 1981 Brinks robbery that resulted in the killing of three people. She was sentenced to life in prison, became a public health expert while in prison, and was released on September 17, 2003, after serving 22 years. After her parole she accepted a job in the HIV/AIDS Clinic at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
  • Stacey Castor, Wife who was charged in 2007 with second-degree murder, second degree attempted murder and offering a false instrument in the first degree. She was found guilty of intentionally poisoning then-husband David Castor with antifreeze in 2005 and attempting to murder her daughter, Ashley Wallace. In addition, she was suspected of having murdered her first husband, Michael Wallace, whose grave lies next to David Castor's. After an autopsy performed on Michael Wallace's body found traces of antifreeze and rat poison in his remains, the medical examiner ruled the death a poisoning homicide. Castor was found dead in her cell on June 11, 2016. No cause of death has been released yet.
  • Judith Alice Clark, Convicted in 1983 for her involvement in the same 1981 Brinks robbery as Kathy Boudin. Was not represented by counsel at trial and is currently serving three consecutive life sentences at Bedford Hills. She co-founded the AIDS Counseling and Education (ACE) program at Bedford Hills, which has been emulated in prisons nationwide and was instrumental in establishing a college program at Bedford Hills that has helped more than 100 prisoners earn college degrees.
  • Amy Fisher, Famously nicknamed "The Long Island Lolita" by the press, she was convicted of the 1992 shooting of the wife of her lover Joey Buttafuoco, with whom she began an affair as a 16-year-old student. She served seven years in prison and was released in 1999.
  • Jean Harris, murdered her ex-lover, Dr. Herman Tarnower, who was a cardiologist and author of the best-selling book The Scarsdale Diet. Eleven years after Harris's conviction. Governor Mario Cuomo commuted the remainder of her sentence on December 29, 1992, as she was being prepped for quadruple bypass heart surgery. She was released from prison by the parole board after serving 11 years and later moved to the Whitney Center, a retirement home in Hamden, CT. She died on December 23, 2012, aged 89, at an assisted-living facility in New Haven, CT.
  • Donna Hylton, on March 20, 1985, Hylton and six co-defendants kidnapped, tortured, and killed 62-year-old real estate broker Thomas Vigliarole. On March 12, 1986, after a jury trial, Hylton was convicted of second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree kidnapping. She was sentenced to concurrent indeterminate prison terms of 25 years to life and served more time due to disciplinary actions while in prison. Hylton appealed her case many times; each time the conviction was affirmed.
  • Barbara Kogan, in October 1990, her husband George was shot on an Upper East Side Manhattan street. Kogan immediately became a suspect but was not convicted for nearly two decades, after she accepted a plea bargain admitting to conspiring to hire a hit man to kill her husband of 24 years because of a lengthy, acrimonious divorce.
  • Reminisce Mackie, a rapper known as Remy Ma, got into an altercation with a friend inside a vehicle parked outside a club, when Mackie fired two shots in the woman's stomach. Mackie later turned herself in and was charged with attempted murder and sentenced to eight years. Mackie was released on parole on July 31, 2014.
  • Joyce Mitchell, assisted in the escape of inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt, and was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 years in prison. Her earliest release date is October 8, 2017; her maximum release date is June 8, 2022.
  • Joy Powell was charged with felony assault and burglary, though she claims the accusations are fabricated and politically motivated. She will be eligible for parole in the year 2045, when she is 84 years old.
  • Nixzaliz Santiago, convicted of manslaughter in connection with the death of her daughter, Nixzmary Brown, and sentenced to 43 years in prison. Nixzmary's stepfather Cesar Rodriguez tortured Nixzmary (by binding her, duct-taping her mouth, and beat her), and her mother allegedly ignored this and didn't contact authorities in time to save her daughter's life.
  • Pamela Smart,a former media services consultant found guilty in March 1991 for conspiring with her underage lover, William Flynn, and his three associates to kill her 24-year-old husband, Greggory Smart, in Derry, New Hampshire. She was transferred to Bedford Hills from the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in March 1993, because New Hampshire lacked a secure enough facility to house her. The higher security was necessary due to the high-profile nature of her case. She was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • Marybeth Tinning serving 20 years to life in prison for the murder of several of her children. She was denied parole in March 2007 after serving 20 years in prison.
  • Carolyn Warmus, Former teacher convicted for the murder of Paul Solomon's wife Betty Jean to get closer with him. Warmous and Solomon were both teachers at the same school, and Warmous frequently visited the Solomons' house. Her first trial was a mistrial, but a new piece of evidence linked her to the murder, and Warmous was found guilty at her second trial. She faced a minimum of 15 years, but Judge Carey sentenced her to the maximum of 25-years-to-life in prison.
  • Laura Rideout serving a term of 25 years imprisonment to life in the connection to the death of her estranged husband, Craig Rideout. The case reached national prominence as the family's trial was aired on Dateline NBC.
  • Candace Seelbinder, 36 A nurse in a detox facility in Niagara Falls New York, raped 2 of the clients there. Originally sentenced to 10 years felony probation in 2017, she subsequently violated probation and was sentenced to serve 3 1/2 years on the probation violation. Her earliest release date is in November of 2020.

NYSDOC - Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (Women) - Handbook for Families of Inmates

UNIT PROGRAM COMMENT Correctional Industries Telephone Customer Service Education (Academic) College Programs See Description Education (Academic) Special Education Program Education (Vocational) Computer Information Technology & Support Education (Vocational) Cosmetology Education (Vocational) General Business RMU Education (Vocational) Horticulture Education (Vocational) Printing Education (Vocational) Puppies Behind Bars Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Family Reunion Program Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Family Services Programs Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Volunteer Services Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Alternatives for Violence Project (AVP) Volunteer Services Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Rehabilitation Through Tghe Arts Volunteer Services Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Visitor Hospitality Centers Resource Management Waste Managemnt Under Development Special Subjects Youth Assistance Program Substance Abuse Treatment Services Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) GP and RMU Substance Abuse Treatment Services Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) ICP and TBU Substance Abuse Treatment Services Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) UNIT PROGRAM COMMENT Guidance and Counseling EEP/MT/Presumptive Release/SMT/LCTA Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Children’s Play Areas Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Service Ministerial Services Resource Management Waste Management Recycling Activities Special Subjects Art/Handicrafts and Music As Staffing Allows Special Subjects Inmate Organizations Special Subjects Recreation Special Subjects Special Events Program Temporary Release Temporary Release Programs Transitional Services Transitional Services Program UNIT PROGRAM COMMENT Education (Academic) Adult Basic Education Education (Academic) High School Equivalency (HSE) Guidance and Counseling Incarcerated Veterans Program Level I Transitional Services Phase I Transitional Services Moving On Phase II Transitional Services Phase III Transitional Services Inmate Program Associate (IPA) Transitional Services Aggression Replacement Training (ART) Program Transitional Services Thinking For a Change (T4C)

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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 - Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (Women) - Visitation

8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Weekends and Holidays Latest Arrival Time 3:00 PM

SPECIAL HOUSING UNIT VISITING DAYS & HOURS (Inmates in SHU – 1 visit within 7 day period)
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday to Friday Weekends/Holidays Latest Arrival Time 2:00 PM SHU/Long-Term Keeplock schedule: starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday

Unlimited number of visits during visiting hours.

Facility Visit Limits
1. On weekdays each visit is limited to a total of four (4) adults. There is no limit on the number of children who are permitted to visit. Biological Children above the age of 18 do not count as an adult visitor. (Proof of being a biological child may be required)
2. On weekends each visit is limited to a total of two (2) adults. There is no limit on the number of children who are permitted to visit. Biological Children above the age of 18 do not count as an adult visitor. (Proof of being a biological child may be required)

Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Visit Limits
1. General Confinement Status Inmates and those Initial Reception Inmates who have been in the facility for a total of 30 days will be permitted an unlimited number of visits on weekdays. Weekend visits may take place only on the scheduled visit day according to the visiting calendar. There is no limit on the number of separate visits an inmate may participate in on any given day.
2. For Reception Status Inmates who have been in the facility for less than 30 days, all visits are limited to their approved weekend visit day only. There is no limit on the number of separate visits an inmate may participate in on their scheduled weekend visit day.

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