Downstate Correctional Facility is a maximum-security prison in the Town of Fishkill in the Hudson Valley region of New York. It should not be confused with nearby Fishkill Correctional Facility.
Downstate is a maximum-security prison located along the north side (i.e. westbound) of Interstate 84. Downstate serves primarily as a classification center, as it is, along with Elmira Correctional Facility and Bedford Hills Correctional Facility (women), an entry facility for all new inmates entering the New York State prison system. New inmates typically wait at Downstate for a few weeks before they are assigned to a permanent facility. As the vast majority of inmates in New York State come from New York City, the Town of Fishkill (in southern Dutchess County) was chosen due to its proximity to the greater New York metropolitan area. It first opened in 1979.
Coordinates: 41°31′58″N 73°56′42″W / 41.53278°N 73.94500°W