Mid-State Correctional Facility

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Mid-State Correctional Facility
Location9005 Old River Road
Marcy, New York
Security classmixed
Managed byNew York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Mid-State Correctional Facility is located in the Town of Marcy, between the cities of Rome and Utica in New York State. From about 1912 through 1982 the state ran a state asylum on these grounds. That institution would grow to hold 3,000 patients. Mid-State opened as a correctional institution, in the extensive former hospital buildings, in 1983.[citation needed]

Mid-State has grown and now includes maximum security SHU-200, opened in 1998.[1] These blocks are called "S" blocks, and consist of prisoners living in cells with bunk beds. These prisoners are let out into their porches for several hours, numerous times throughout every day. The place where they are allowed to go outside mimics their room except that it is outside, and surrounded by a fence. Even though Mid-State has a maximum security building it is still classified as a medium security prison. Mid-State cleared the way for its neighbor, Marcy Correctional Facility, located across the street, and two others, the Oneida Correctional Facility, closed about 2011, and Mohawk Correctional Facility.[citation needed]

Phase One[edit]

During the first phase of the prison, Mid-State shared its place with a hospital that took care of the criminally insane.[2] The hospital was known as the Central New York Psychiatric Center.[citation needed]

Phase Two[edit]

The second phase took place in 1986. This increased the size of the site that the hospital and Mid-State had to share. Eventually the whole site was left to Mid-State and the Central New York Psychiatric Center. Since 1983 there have not been any escapes or other troublesome incidents. There are 87,100 feet (26,500 m) of coiled razor sharp wire to prevent prisoners from escaping.[citation needed]

Notable prisoners[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Colin Ferguson C39361 Serving a life sentence.[3] Perpetrator of the 1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting in which he murdered 6 people on a passenger train.[4][5]
  • Brian Aitken, marketing consultant, entrepreneur, and writer – convicted in 2009 of illegal firearms transport. Jail term later commuted and conviction overturned in 2012. He was fully pardoned in 2018.
  • Gerald Garson, former New York Supreme Court Justice, convicted of accepting bribes[6]
  • Cormega, hip-hop artist
  • Prodigy, hip-hop artist
  • Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco International
  • Alan Hevesi, former Comptroller of the State of New York, convicted of taking bribes in return for investing in firms for the New York State Retirement Fund
  • Jeffrey Atkins (Ja Rule), rapper and actor that has sold over 40 million records worldwide. In July 2007, Ja Rule was arrested for gun and drug possession charges.


  1. ^ "New maximum-security modular unit opens at Mid-State Correctional Facility". NYS Department of Correctional Services press release. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ New York State Department of Correctional Services
  3. ^ Goldman, John J. (1995-02-19). "Suspect Convicted of Killing 6 on Train : New York: Cheers erupt in courtroom packed with victims of Long Island Rail Road shootings and their relatives. Colin Ferguson, who conducted own defense in a bizarre trial, faces a possible maximum life sentence". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2024-02-14.
  4. ^ "The 5:33 - Legacy of the LIRR Massacre". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2024-02-14.
  5. ^ "Remembering the LIRR massacre and the victims 30 years later". ABC7 New York. 2023-12-07. Retrieved 2024-02-14.
  6. ^ Daniel Wise (August 20, 2009). "Early Parole Given to Former N.Y. Justice Convicted of Bribery". Law.com. Retrieved July 23, 2010.


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