Sullivan Correctional Facility
Sign outside the prison
|Location||Fallsburg, New York|
|Security class||Maximum security prison|
Sullivan Correctional Facility is a New York State correctional facility located in Fallsburg, New York. It is operated by the New York State Department of Correctional Services. It is a maximum security prison for male inmates.
Sullivan Correctional Facility is located on an 850 acre (3.4 km²) stretch of land that also contains Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison. The state appropriated funding for Sullivan after the loss of Rikers Island as a state facility in 1980 (the facility was returned to New York City). The buildings were built on a sharp upslope overlooking the Neversink River valley.
In order to build access roads to the prison, the New York State Department of Correctional Services purchased the Lebowitz Pine View Hotel, the 62 acre (0.25 km²) adjoining property, in 1983. Originally, some prisoners from the Woodburne facility were transferred and housed in the hotel buildings, which were operated as a Woodburne annex until the completion of Sullivan in 1985. It operated as a minimum security Sullivan annex until 2010 when the annex portion was closed.
Sullivan Correctional currently houses between 560 and 580 inmates in four pods, arranged in a circle. Eighty-six percent of those inmates are being incarcerated for committing violent felonies, and 60% are serving life sentences
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, a not-for-profit organization was founded to provide college education to incarcerated people in an effort to help reduce recidivism and poverty, while strengthening families and communities. In 1998, as part of the get-tough-on-crime campaign, state and federal funding for college programs inside prison was stopped. Understanding the positive effects of education in the transformation and rehabilitation of incarcerated people, inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility reached out to religious and academic volunteers to develop a college-degree granting program. Under the leadership of Dr. Anne Reissner, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison was founded to restore college education at Sing Sing through private funding. Hudson Link now runs pre-college and college degree programs at Fishkill, Greene, Sing Sing, Sullivan, and Taconic Correctional Facilities.
Among the more infamous inmates at Sullivan are:
- David Berkowitz, the "Son of Sam" serial killer who terrorized New York City in 1977, currently serving a 25-year-to-life sentence
- Arthur Shawcross, the Genesee River Killer (died November 10, 2008)
- Joe "Mad Dog" Sullivan, mob hitman
- Ronald DeFeo, Jr. killed his entire family and sparked The Amityville Horror movie, he is serving 25 years to life sentence.
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