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NYSDOC - Clinton Correctional Facility

State Prison

Last Updated: August 21, 2021
Address
1156 Route 374, Dannemora, NY 12929-2000
Beds
3000
County
Clinton
Phone
518-492-2511
Mailing Address
PO Box 2001, Dannemora, NY 12929

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

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NYSDOC - Clinton 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: 518-492-2511

The inmates housed at Clinton Correctional Facility located at 1156 Route 374 in Dannemora, 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.

Clinton Correctional Facility is classified as a maximum security correctional facility for males 16 years of age and older and is the largest and third oldest facility in New York State, presently confining approximately 3,000 inmates Clinton CF is under the supervision of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is located in the Village of Dannemora, NY. The prison itself is sometimes colloquially referred to as Dannemora, although its actual name is derived from its location in Clinton County, New York.
The southern perimeter wall of the prison borders New York State Route 374. Church of St. Dismas, the Good Thief, a church built by inmates, is located within the walls. The prison is sometimes referred to as New York's Little Siberia due to the cold climate in Dannemora and the isolation of the area. It is the largest maximum security prison and the third oldest prison in New York.
On June 6, 2015, inmates Richard Matt and David Sweat, both serving sentences for murder, escaped from the facility. Two prison employees, Joyce Mitchell and Gene Palmer, were charged with aiding the escape. On June 26, Matt was shot and killed by a Vermont border patrol agent in the town of Malone, New York. Two days later, Sweat was shot by a New York State Trooper and subsequently captured. In the days after the escape, some inmates reported having been beaten by guards in an attempt to obtain information as to the whereabouts and plans of the escaped inmates.

Notable Inmates

  • Michael Alig: 10 to 20-year sentence for the murder of his drug dealer in March 1996; paroled May 2014.
  • George Appo: 19th-century pickpocket and con artist. His biographer provides a description of prison conditions in New York State.
  • Richard Bilello: Lucchese crime family associate and convicted murderer.
  • Robert Chambers: the "preppy murderer", who served much of his sentence at Clinton Correctional Facility for the manslaughter conviction of Jennifer Levin, as well as a later sentence for drug possession after heroin was found in his cell and new criminal charges were brought.
  • Gregory Corso: Italian-American poet, one of the inner circle of "The Beat Generation" along with Kerouac, Ginsberg and Burroughs. Sentenced at 17, Corso served about three years for stealing a suit.
  • Jesse Friedman: One of the subjects of the 2003 documentary film, Capturing the Friedmans; pleaded guilty to sodomy and sexual abuse charges related to child molestation in the 1980s.
  • Robert F. Garrow: Serial rapist/murderer; served twice at Clinton Correctional: 1961-1963 for rape (transferred to Auburn Correctional Facility), and 1974-1977 for second-degree murder (transferred to Auburn Correctional Facility, followed by transfer to Fishkill Correctional Facility in 1978).
  • Paul Geidel: Murderer; Longest serving prisoner in American history whose sentence ended with a release.
  • Maksim Gelman: Sentenced to 200 years for murdering four people and injuring another 5.
  • David Gilbert: Serving life in prison. Arrested with members of the Black Liberation Army and other radicals following a botched Brinks armored car robbery in 1981.
  • Julio Gonzalez: perpetrator of the 1990 Happy Land Fire in the Bronx which killed 87 people.
  • Hell Rell (real name Durell Mohammad): served nearly 28 months on a criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction from 2002 to 2004.
  • John Jamelske: Mass-kidnapper and serial rapist serving 18 years to life.
  • Vincent Johnson, a serial killer known as "Brooklyn Strangler": Serving a life sentence for the murders of five women in 1999 and 2000.
  • John Katehis: Found guilty of 2nd-degree murder for the brutal murder of ABC Radio personality, George Weber. Katehis is serving 25 years to life.
  • Marlon Legere: Serving life without parole in connection with the shooting deaths of NYPD detectives Robert Parker and Patrick Rafferty in Brooklyn.
  • Charles "Lucky" Luciano: One of the driving forces behind the development of Italian organized crime in the United States served 10 years of a 30- to 50-year sentence for running a prostitution ring before being deported to Italy after World War II.
  • Maino: Rapper from Brooklyn, New York City, charged for numerous street and gunpoint crimes.
  • Richard Matt: Murderer - Escaped with David Sweat. Shot dead by police in June 2015 while he was still at large.
  • Winston Moseley: Murderer of Catherine Genovese on March 13, 1964, hostage taker in 1968 during that year's escape spree.
  • Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name Russell Tyrone Jones): Served nearly 17 months on criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction in 2001 and 2002.
  • Carl Paivio: Finnish American labor activist and anarchist, 4 to 8 years in 1919 for "criminal anarchy".
  • Carl Panzram: Serial killer, 1923–1928.
  • Daniel Pelosi: Convicted of murdering Ted Ammon and jury tampering
  • Ralph "Bucky" Phillips: Sentenced to life without parole for the shooting of three New York State troopers in 2006 after escaping from jail.
  • Christopher Porco: Serving 50 years to life for the November 15, 2004 ax murder of his father and attempted murder of his mother in their Delmar, New York home.
  • John Resko: Author of bestseller Reprieve: The testament of John Resko (1958), the basis for the Ben Gazzara/Sammy Davis, Jr. movie Convicts 4.
  • Joel Rifkin: referred to as "Joel the Ripper" by tabloids after a five-year killing spree. Murdered 17 women, and is serving 203 years to life.
  • Altemio Sanchez (also known as The Bike Path Rapist): American serial killer who murdered at least three women and raped at least 14 others in and around Buffalo, New York, over a span of 25 years (1981–2006).
  • Tupac Shakur served 9 months on a sexual abuse conviction from February to October 1995 before being released on appeal.
  • Shyne (real name Moses Michael Leviy): Beginning in 2001, served a sentence of 8 to 10 years on convictions of assault, criminal weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. Released and deported back to his native Belize
  • Bobby Shmurda (Ackquille Pillard): Rapper who made the 2014 hit “Hot N*gga. Serving his sentence for gang-related activity since 2016.[13]
  • Eric Smith: Convicted of killing and sexually assaulting a four-year-old boy at age 13.
  • Joel Steinberg: Attorney convicted for the abuse of his common-law wife, Hedda Nussbaum, and the abuse murder of his four-year-old stepdaughter.
  • Martin Tankleff: Former Belle Terre, New York resident freed after his conviction for killing his wealthy parents Arlene and Seymour Tankleff was overturned citing evidence that others committed the murders.
  • John Taylor: Sentenced to death for shooting seven employees of a Wendy's restaurant in Queens, New York City, killing five and seriously injuring two. Taylor was re-sentenced to life without parole.
  • Renato Seabra: Serving 25 years to life for the 2011 murder of Carlos Castro.​
UNIT PROGRAM COMMENT Correctional Industries Garment Shop Education (Vocational) Building Maintenance Education (Vocational) Computer Operator Annex Education (Vocational) Custodial Maintenance Annex, Main Education (Vocational) Drafting APPU Education (Vocational) Electrical Trades Education (Vocational) Floor Covering Main Education (Vocational) Floor Covering Annex Education (Vocational) General Business Annex Education (Vocational) Horticulture Annex Education (Vocational) Masonry Education (Vocational) Printing Guidance and Counseling Incarcerated Veterans Program Level II - Annex Guidance and Counseling Sex Offender Counseling & Treatment Program (SOCTP) Annex - Residential Guidance and Counseling Sex Offender Counseling & Treatment Program (SOCTP) APPU Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Family Reunion Program Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Visitor Hospitality Centers Annex Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Visitor Hospitality Centers Main Substance Abuse Treatment Services Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) GP,SOCTP, SNU Substance Abuse Treatment Services Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment(IDDT) APPU, ICP Transitional Services Network Program
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

NY DOC - Clinton Correctional Facility - Visitation

VISITING DAYS & HOURS
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM Monday to Friday Weekends/Holidays

SPECIAL HOUSING UNIT VISITING DAYS & HOURS (Inmates in SHU – 1 visit within 7 day period)
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Sunday through Saturday
SHU/APPU/SNU/ IPC/VPC 8:30AM to 2:30PM Latest arrival 2PM

NUMBER OF ALLOWABLE VISITS
Unlimited number of visits during visiting hours.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF VISITORS PER VISIT/DAY (How many people at a visiting table at one time)
Four/Unlimited

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