Groveland Correctional Facility

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Groveland Correctional Facility
Location7000 Sonyea Road
Sonyea, New York
Security classmedium
Managed byNew York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Groveland Correctional Facility is a medium security[1] prison located in the Town of Groveland in Livingston County, New York, in the United States. The facility is located next to the community of Sonyea in Groveland on the site of a former Shaker community. The town is south of Rochester, Monroe County, New York, near Interstate 390.

The prison is divided into 2 parts, upper and lower, with a fence and sally port to restrict movement between the two. Dorms C-J, the prison hospital and food service are on the upper. Dorms K and L, as well as the commissary, school, church and recreation yards are on the lower. The recreation yards feature 3 softball diamonds, a weight yard and horseshoe pits.

In the past, female prisoners were held at Groveland, but it is currently a male facility. As of 2010 Groveland had a working capacity of 1106.[2]


The Shakers owned the Groveland Shaker Village after 1836, when they moved from Sodus in Wayne County, New York to escape worldly influences. When the membership of the sect declined, the Shakers sold the land to the state after they were assured it would be used for good purpose. Several of the Shaker buildings are still used today.

At the end of the 19th century, the state opened a facility epileptics here. While some claim that the name Sonyea is an acronym for State of New York Epileptic Asylum, other authorities hold that the word comes from the Seneca language and means "a warm and sunny place" or after Captain Snow.[3][self-published source][4] Later the buildings were taken over by the state prison system.


  1. ^ Retrieved 27 March 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Prison System to Temporarily Consolidate Under-Populated Inmate Housing Units, Providing Taxpayer Savings With No Job Losses or Transfers". NYS DOC press release. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. ^ Hall, Marty. Dying for Something: Graveland. XLibris Corporation; 20 November 2010. ISBN 9781456816315. pp. 52-53.
  4. ^ Beauchamp, William M. (1906). Aboriginal Place Names of New York. Albany, New York: New York State Education Department. p. 109.

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Coordinates: 42°40′56″N 77°50′10″W / 42.68222°N 77.83611°W / 42.68222; -77.83611