|Location||50 Mc Kendrick Road |
Wallkill, New York
|Managed by||New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision|
The prison opened in 1933, in the form of a collegiate campus with no surrounding wall or fence. The architect was Alfred Hopkins, an east-coast estate architect with a sideline in prisons such as Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania. Connected three-story English Gothic buildings of gray stone "self-consciously embraced an idealistic notion of the rural idyll and an old-fashioned sense of place". Hopkins also designed Woodbourne Correctional Facility and Coxsackie Correctional Facility for the state.
Wallkill was once only used to house "Good Behavior/White Collar" inmates. Due to changing times, the inmate population has changed and first-time offenders now begin and end their sentences at Wallkill CF. The one-time "Prison without a Wall," is no more—in the 21st century chain-link fencing and razor wire was constructed around the perimeter.
The facility has a long-running optical laboratory to grind lenses and produce eyeglasses. Inmates may also learn to serve retired racehorses through the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Second Chances program.
- Joseph F., Spillane (9 May 2014). Coxsackie: The Life and Death of Prison Reform. JHU Press. p. 48. ISBN 9781421413228. Retrieved 3 September 2016.
- It Started at Wallkill
- Wulfhorst, Ellen (Jun 18, 2014). "Racehorses teach New York inmates unexpected lessons 30 years on". Reuters. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
- N.Y. prison information
- 2003 New York Times article about the horse-care program
- correctionhistory.org historical essay on Wallkill