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NYSDOC - Gowanda Correctional Facility

State Prison

Last Updated: January 10, 2020
Address
South Road, Gowanda, NY 14070-0350
County
Erie
Phone
716-532-0177
Mailing Address
PO Box 311, Gowanda, NY 14070-0311

Gowanda Correctional Facility is for State Prison offenders sentenced to at least twelve months.

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NYSDOC - Gowanda 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: 716-532-0177

The inmates housed at Gowanda Correctional Facility located at South Road in Gowanda, 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 Gowanda Correctional Facility is a medium security prison for males located in Gowanda, New York, United States. The prison is located in the south part of Erie County in the Town of Collins. It is co-located with the Collins Correctional Facility, another medium security prison. Both prisons are located north of Village of Gowanda at the southern end of Erie County.

The correctional facility is situated along Taylor Hollow Road in Gowanda, with such road named for the farmer who owned the land that was purchased and used, originally, for the State Hospital. The grounds and buildings of both the Gowanda Correctional Facility and the Collins Correctional Facility, formerly the Gowanda Psychiatric Center.

The Gowanda Correctional Facility was built using the remaining acreage and opened its doors in 1994. The two prisons are separated by a fence and are administered independently. Gowanda Correctional Facility houses about 2,300 inmates and is the second-largest prison in New York State, and it features one of the largest sex offender counseling programs of the NYS prison systems.

NYSDOC - Gowanda Correctional Facility - Handbook for Families of Inmates

UNIT PROGRAM COMMENT Education (Vocational) Building Maintenance 2 Shops Education (Vocational) Computer Information Technology & Support Education (Vocational) Custodial Maintenance Education (Vocational) Drafting Education (Vocational) Electrical Trades Education (Vocational) Floor Covering Education (Vocational) General Business Education (Vocational) Horticulture Education (Vocational) Small Engine Repair Guidance and Counseling Sex Offender Counseling & Treatment Program (SOCTP) Residential Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Visitor Hospitality Centers Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Volunteer Services Resource Management Waste Management Composting Operation Substance Abuse Treatment Services Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) GP, SOCTP Substance Abuse Treatment Services Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Treatment

UNIT PROGRAM COMMENT Guidance and Counseling EEP/MT/Presumptive Release/SMT/LCTA Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Children’s Play Areas See Description Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Service Ministerial Services See Description 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 See Description

ALL GENERAL CONFINEMENT FACILITIES

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)

Inmate Locator

NYSDOC - Gowanda Correctional Facility is a facility in the New York Department of Corrections. The DOC publishes the names of their current inmates and identifies which of their locations the inmate is being held. Your search should start with the first DOC locator to see if your loved one is there. Begin with the first three letters of the offender's first and last name, it does not have to be spelled exactly.

The second box is the InmateAid Inmate Search. This database of inmates is user-generated content for the purpose of accessing and utilizing any or all of the InmateAid services. If you need our assistance creating your own inmate profile to keep in touch, email us at aid@inmateaid.com and we will assist you in locating your inmate.

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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 - Gowanda Correctional Facility - Visitation

VISITING DAYS & HOURS
7:30 AM to 2:00 PM Weekends and Holidays - Latest Arrival Time 1:30 PM

SPECIAL HOUSING UNIT VISITING DAYS & HOURS (Inmates in SHU – 1 visit within 7 day period)
7:30 AM to 2:00 PM Weekends and Holidays - Latest Arrival Time 1:30 PM
SHU/Long-term Keeplock Schedule: Sunday through Saturday

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)
Three adults/Three lap children

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