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NYSDOC - Wende Correctional Facility

State Prison

Last Updated: October 01, 2021
3040 Wende Rd, Alden, NY 14004-1187

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

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If you are unsure of your inmate's location, you can search and locate your inmate by typing in their last name, first name or first initial, and/or the offender ID number to get their accurate information immediately Registered Offenders

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NYSDOC - Wende 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: 716-937-4000

The inmates housed at Wende Correctional Facility located at 3040 Wende Rd in Alden, 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.

Wende Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison located in Town of Alden in Erie County, New York, east of Buffalo. The prison is named for this region of Alden. The prison was formerly the site of a county jail operated by Erie County, New York, and sold to the state to further its need for a maximum security state prison. The Erie County Correctional Facility was built adjacent to Wende.

Notable inmates

  • Jack Abbott - criminal and author. He committed suicide at Wende in 2002.
  • Jimmy Burke - mastermind of the Lufthansa Heist. Burke was imprisoned in Wende until his death in 1996.
  • Robert Chambers - the "Preppie Killer." He was imprisoned in Wende in 2008 and later transferred.
  • Mark David Chapman - the killer of former Beatles member John Lennon. Chapman was transferred from Attica Correctional Facility to Wende on May 15, 2012.
  • David Sweat - who killed a Broome County sheriff's officer and then led an escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015, was transferred to Wende in April 2018.

Wende Correctional Facility offers several vocational training courses, including business, custodial/building maintenance, plumbing, and heating. Alcohol and substance abuse treatment services are also available to inmates. Inmates can take additional courses like alternatives for violence which helps train the inmate in various problem-solving techniques.

NYSDOC - Wende Correctional Facility - Handbook for Families of Inmates

UNIT PROGRAM COMMENT Education (Academic) Special Education Program Education (Vocational) Building Maintenance Education (Vocational) Custodial Maintenance Education (Vocational) General Business RMU Plumbing and Heating Guidance and Counseling Sex Offender Counseling & Treatment Program (SOCTP) GP, SNU, RMU Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Family Reunion Program Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Visitor Hospitality Centers Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics Anonymous Volunteer Services Ministerial, Family & Volunteer Services Alternatives For Violence Project (AVP) Volunteer Services Substance Abuse Treatment Services Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) GP and RMU Substance Abuse Treatment Services Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) ICP and SNU

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

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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 - Wende 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 - Wende Correctional Facility - Visitation

9:00AM to 3:15PM Monday to Friday
8:30AM to 3:15PM Weekends and Holidays
Latest Arrival Time 2:15PM.

SPECIAL HOUSING UNIT VISITING DAYS & HOURS (Inmates in SHU – 1 visit within 7 day period)
9:00AM to 3:00PM Sunday to Saturday Latest Arrival Time 2:15PM
RMU 9:00AM to 2:15PM Weekends and Holidays Latest Arrival Time 1:30PM

Unlimited number of visits during visiting hours.

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF VISITORS PER VISIT/DAY (How many people at a visiting table at one time)
Seven Visitors Monday to Thursday; Three visitors Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays not including lap children/Unlimited

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