Wende Correctional Facility
|Location||3040 Wende Road |
Alden, New York
|Opened||1923 (as county jail) |
1983 (as state prison)
|Managed by||New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision|
Wende Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison located in Town of Alden in Erie County, New York, east of Buffalo. The prison is named for this region of Alden. The prison was formerly the site of a county jail operated by Erie County, New York, and sold to the state to further its need for a maximum security state prison. The Erie County Correctional Facility was built adjacent to Wende.
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- Jack Abbott - criminal and author. He committed suicide at Wende in 2002.
- Jimmy Burke - mastermind of the Lufthansa Heist. Burke was imprisoned in Wende until his death in 1996.
- Robert Chambers - the "Preppie Killer." He was imprisoned in Wende in 2008 and later transferred.
- Mark David Chapman - the killer of former Beatles member John Lennon. Chapman was transferred from Attica Correctional Facility to Wende on May 15, 2012.
- David Gilbert - participant in the 1981 Brink's robbery and murders. Is currently incarcerated at Wende.
- David Sweat - who killed a Broome County sheriff's officer and then led an escape from Clinton Correctional Facility in 2015, was transferred to Wende in April, 2018.
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