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10-08-2004, 06:51 PM
Orleans Correctional Facility
John Beaver, Superintendent
35-31 Gaines Basin Road
Albion, NY 14411-9199

Telephone: (585) 589-6820

Visitation Hours: Saturday / Sunday 9-3

Prison Gap has a van that goes to Orleans for $50 at Columbus Circle in midtown Manhattan. The # is 800-734-3733.

Flambouyant has a bus that also goes to Orleans for $55 the pick place you have is correct and their number is 718-324-3603.

Orleans CF. is located in Albion, NY. On route 31W right next door to the Albion CF. for Women. Directions for driving are given on the NYSDOCs site, or you can get specific driving directions from one of the map locators on the web.
Update 6/30/2012
from Lethad--thanks!
Hey my husband is in orleans, i'm there one of the weekend days every week. They specify nothing short, nothing with too much metal, nothing see- through, nothing sleeveless same as the other facilities. I usually get there around 7:00 am that's when the lady who does the paperwork open the visitors trailer and you can go and sign in..there is a walmart right up the road in albion for package items :) the package bags have to have 2 papers attached to them one goes inside and the other stapled to the outside of the bag. There are buses and vans that come up from the city sometimes and it can be crowded but more often than not, its alright, the later it gets the more people come in. You have to take your bra off in the visitors trailer and put it in a paper bag and carry it down with you to the facility unless you gave a sports bra on. The facility is only a short walk from the actual visitors trailer, the guards are pretty nice and fair but i have been coming there for the last 3 years. They have the usual vending machines inside and you may wanna bring $1.00 and $5.00 or get change from walmart cause the vending machine lady sometimes has an attitude about giving out change. I'm going up july 4th so it shouldn't be too crowded. I'm in rochester so its just a 40 min ride down to orleans which is the next county over. I hope i have been helpful let me know if you need anymore info .

A litle older info:
Packages may be taken with you, if you drop the package off before your visit, if there is anything that they can not have, it will be returned to you after the visit. They are allowed 35 pounds of food per month. Magazines and Books, do not have to be shipped through an online vendor or directly from the publisher, but can not be more than 3 months old. The usual 2 cartons of cigarettes with tax stamp, tobacco, and etc. per month is allowed. Clothing, shoes, and etc. in the normal colors that are allowed, see NYS forum on Inmate Packages. If you smoke you are allowed to take in one unopened pack of cigarettes for you and your loved ones personal use while there. The visitors are allowed out on the hour and inmates allowed out on the half hour, My visit was short so we didn't go outside in the smoking section. If you want your inmate to get the package that you left on the same day, you must leave by 2:30 as the package room closes at 2:45. Photo ID is neccessary for visit. This is a very clean facility, The CO's try to be helpful. The maximum # of visitors is 3, children under 3 aren't counted as one. This is a Medium Security Facility.

Visiting Room: You can sit at whatever table you want. Inmates have an assigned chair at the table. They have a change machine and vending machines. Photo may be taken for $2. You have a choice of sitting outside at picnic tables in the warm months or inside.The box visits at Orleans are at night. It starts at 5pm and ends at 9pm and are on saturdays only.

General Information:The only van that goes up there is Flamboyant. They meet on 34th-35th and 8th right in front of th McDonalds. When I was going up it was $70, I'm not sure if it's changed since December. The van used to leave at 8am and we were back on 34th by between 3 & 4am.

they can have 35lbs of food per month

Lodging: N/A

FRP available: No

Number of prisoners: n/a

Orleans(Box): You can only leave materials to read, nothing else. The Box visits are two types - 1 is through the gated window where you can't have any contact at all. If you even touch his hand he gets in trouble. You can give them food through the opening at the bottom. The other is like a regular visit where your sitting at a table side by side. You can't take pictures if he's in the Box. They have 8 vending machines: 3 beverage- 1 hot and 2 cold, 1 ice cream, 2 snack, 2 food, and a change machine. There are 2 microwaves.

If you have any additional information, you can PM Mrs G and it will be added accordingly. Thank You.

Built on a sprawling tract of 45 acres of land adjacent to the Albion prison for females near the Erie Canal in Albion, Orleans was opened as a 542-bed medium-security facility for male inmates in December 1984. Prior to the opening, a staff of five civilian employees reported to work at Albion to be paid out of a payroll labeled " Albion II." Eventually they set up shop in a large warehouse in nearby Medina where they ordered supplies and equipment, receipting the inventory and ensuring that the facility would be ready to receive its first scheduled draft of inmates. Of these original five employees, one, John Gurney, continues to work in the Maintenance Department. Orleans currently has about 480 employees, about 75 of whom have been there since the facility opened. Talk about stability over the decades ...

Dedicated, professional employees are indeed the fuel that powers Orleans, a facility that has carved a unique and ground breaking niche in the Department's storied annals. In 1985, Sally Johnson was named to the top spot at this facility, which made her the first and only female Superintendent at a male prison New York state at that time. She served admirably in that position for the ensuing 16 years, retiring three years ago.

On October 24, 1985, in an effort to reach out to its new and curious neighbors, Ms. Johnson scheduled an open house for people from throughout the local community. Over 600 inquisitive visitors were given guided tours of the facility by security and civilian staff alike. They were afforded numerous question-and-answer sessions so they, too, could get to better know their new neighbors. And it's been a mutually beneficial arrangement that continues to blossom on a daily basis.

Changing censuses to met changing needs

Orleans was one of many so-called "cookie-cutter" facilities constructed by the Department in the 1980's to handle an almost overwhelming influx of inmates who were being sent to prison because of the crack epidemic that had not only gripped New York state but the entire nation. These prototype facilities went up quickly and thus let the Department meet its capacity needs in a timely fashion, translating to enhanced security for all. The original design was for 11 buildings with only one, the Administration Building, located outside the double-fenced secured perimeter.

Over its 19-year history Orleans' housing capacity has changed many times. Six months after its opening, plans for expanding the capacity of the facility by 200 beds were discussed and, due to the urgent need for more bed space, approved in short order.

The expansion took place in 1986 with two more dormitory-style housing units being constructed. Each was capable of housing 100 inmates, bringing the capacity of the facility to 742. The following year, a K housing unit was converted to a work release unit with the addition of 20 bunk beds. The general confinement dorms were increased to 54 beds each, bringing the capacity to 814.

Due to an inmate housing shortage in 1989, 200 bunk beds were temporarily placed in the facility's gymnasium and in gyms at several other medium-security facilities through the state. The gyms were large air-supported structures known throughout the system as "bubbles." They were erected to provide for various indoor recreational activities. Those additional beds increased Orleans' capacity to 1,014.

In March of 1990, the inmates were moved out of the gym and into double-bunked, general confinement dorms. There were now 13 double-bunked dorms each with a 90-bed capacity and 30 double-bunked work release beds. That raised the capacity of the facility to 1,312. In 1991 double bunks were phased out over a six-month period with the exception of bunks in the work release unit, and the capacity dropped to 844.

That significant reduction in capacity was short lived. The facility was once again double bunked in December 1991 and the population returned to 1,312. The work release unit was converted back to a general confinement unit in June 1992 and the work release inmate were transferred to a nearby community-based work release facility, resulting in a net loss of 10 beds.

The population remained relatively stable until April 1998. That' when one of the nine "S-Blocks went up on the grounds, increasing the capacity of the facility to 1,502. These 100-cell, double-bunked maximum-security units are designed to segregate from the general population those inmates in the region who chose to assault staff and others and disobey prison rules. The result has been much safer prison throughout the state.

Mirroring that trend, Orleans is indeed a much safer prison today than was several years ago. Orleans has during 2001 seen a 63 percent decline in the number of all unusual incidents since 1997, down from 132 to 42 last year. The number of inmate-on-staff assaults dropped by 67 percent between 1996 and 2002, falling from 12 to just three last year. There has never been an escape from within the secure perimeter.

The population stabilized until the fall of 2000 when the Department began to "right-size" its population due to a population decline. It began vacating double bunks throughout the state. That enhanced security by not only lowering the number of inmates in each dorm, but also by improving Officer's sight lines to monitor inmate activity. The current population of some 1,211 at Orleans is projected to decrease until it reaches its targeted capacity of 1,082.

The complex has grown from the original 11 buildings to the current 33 buildings, 28 of which are in the secure perimeter. Of the seven general confinement housing units, five are identical one has cooking facilities (for the Honor Dorm inmates, which provides a valuable incentive for inmates not to act up) and one has had minor modifications to accommodate the physically disabled and wheelchair bound inmates.. The most recent addition to, the facility complex 1s a perimeter yard tower which was opened in March 2001.

Meeting daily needs of a diverse population.

Orleans was accredited in 1987 by the America Correctional Association, affirming that it meets nationally-acceptable standards in its management and operations. It was the ninth of the state's 70 prisons to be accredited and has been accredited triennially since then.

Orleans offers a full range of academic education, vocational training, alcohol and substance abuse treatment programming, counseling services and volunteer services programming. It also goes to great lengths to help ensure that inmates maintain strong family ties, a vital component when it comes to the success of an inmate upon their eventual reintegration into the community.

In that regard, a Visitor's Center designed to serve the families of inmates housed at Orleans and Albion was built and serviced its first visitors on October 3, 1987. It was the first of a new group of 12 such centers constructed by the Department at the time. The building was constructed by vocational inmates at Mid-Orange, transported to Orleans on a truck and placed on a concrete foundation. The center provides hospitality and a place to wait for those who are visiting inmates at Orleans or Albion. Many visitors have to travel hundreds of miles to get to New York and at the end of their journey they need to "freshen up" and regroup before entering the facility for their visit. The center provides toast, coffee, cereal, fruit, baked goods and beverages to the visitors. Donations from the ILK and other inmate organizations pay for the food and beverages. A dressing room and restrooms also are made available.

At Orleans and elsewhere throughout the prison system, children are a primary focus of staff and community volunteers. An area with child-sized tables and chairs is designed for story reading, coloring and game playing. Many times just having a caring adult around to listen or interact with the children is what they need the most. Thus, the Child Enrichment Program (CEP) was taken one step further. The program began with community volunteers spending two hours each Saturday and Sunday with the children. Today there is also continual coverage by specially screened and trained inmates. These inmates are required to attend a course in child development as well as attend workshops where they discuss how to apply the teaching and listening skill techniques that they have learned to actual circumstances.

The center also provides educational material concerning health issues such as HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, tuberculosis and hepatitis. Orleans also offers a variety of services to assist inmates through its well-crafted Transitional Services Program.

Phase I of the comprehensive initiative is an orientation phase with incoming inmates placed in an initial two-week program. This phase gives the inmates an overview of the Department as well as a thorough, facility-specific orientation. They know from the start what will be expected of them and what types of behavior and other issues will not be tolerated. This is a mandatory program for all inmates.

The concept behind Phase II is a program to provide inmates with the skills and tools that they will need to become productive, law-abiding citizens upon their eventual release from prison. Phase II is unique in that it combines many counseling techniques while fulfilling specific learning objectives in an academic setting.

Many hours went into the research and development of the materials necessary to craft Phase II. The end result is a 320-hour program supervised and taught by staff representing a wide range of disciplines; peer counselors also provide assistance as needed. The peer counselors are considered a vital cog in the ongoing success of the program in that they have a unique rapport with their fellow inmates.

In its continuing mission to provide the inmates with the knowledge and skills that they need so they can succeed upon release, Orleans has a variety of vocational shops that augment its varied educational, substance abuse treatment, counseling and other offerings. Among the vocational training offered to Orleans inmates are air conditioning and refrigeration, building maintenance, commercial arts, custodial maintenance, electrical trades, floor covering, general business, print shop, small engine repair and welding.

Employees reach out while the community reaches in

The relationship between Orleans and the local community has long been a strong and mutually beneficial one that assists not only staff and local municipalities and the needy, but the inmate population as well.

Volunteer Services is an integral part of the programming menu at Orleans. The volunteers compliment prison programs and offer a diversity of programs not provided by Orleans staff. There are approximately 25 programs which are overseen and run by about 185 community volunteers.

The programs are set up to meet the needs of the majority of the inmate population and a number of the programs are religious in nature. They vary from Spanish Bible Study to "Fully Alive" and "Prison Fellowship." Other programs, like AA and NA meetings, are sponsored through the Guidance Department with the help of volunteers from the community who relay their personal struggles and triumphs with the inmates.

Staff at Orleans recognize the necessity for outside volunteers and is very proactive in expanding existing programs and establishing new ones to meet the varied needs of a diverse and ever-changing inmate population. Each program has a staff contact person to assist in developing and improving volunteer programs.

Every year the community volunteers are honored with an annual Volunteer Recognition Banquet. The highlight of the program is the awarding of the Superintendent's Cup to the Volunteer of the Year.

Just as dedicated community members are an important part of the operation at Orleans, staff at the facility have long been a vital and productive part of the local community. As with employees at other facilities, Orleans employees are key figures in the community. They work as volunteer firefighters and sports coaches, serve on school, town and other local community boards and selflessly donate their time for the needy in the community.

Every year, for instance, staff at Orleans and other facilities throughout the state participate in Make a Difference Day (MADD) activities to assist the needy in communities throughout New York state. In 2002, Orleans staff delivered 30 board games purchased with the proceeds from various fund-raisers to the Society for the Protection and Care of Children. Staff also made donations of cash, needed supplies and equipment to 10 organizations in surrounding communities including Hospice, the local chapter of the ARC, the Office for the Aging and an ASPCA organization. Inmate organizations, including the United Men's Organization, also donated funds to various area community agencies.

Inmates are also an integral part of the local fabric via supervised community service crews. Program assignments include outdoor work assignments on behalf of local governments and non-profit groups. Projects include snow and debris removal, church repairs and fighting floods, ice storms and forest fires.

Since 1995, Orleans crews have logged 121,100 work hours with more than 29,100 hours of security supervision. If not for DOCS, many of those projects would not otherwise be completed

Momma Ann
03-31-2011, 07:57 AM
This is a program for about to be released inmates who reside in Western New York. You are normally sent to it about 100 days before release.

More than 26,000 people are released from prison in New York state each year, and a great many of them return to their families and communities with complex challenging needs. The formerly incarcerated re-entering society are often suffering from substance abuse problems, mental illness and health concerns.
They face the daunting task of navigating social service systems to find housing, jobs and supports. Too often, the recently released find themselves once again incarcerated. There is a need to develop systems and programs to help people navigate their return, subsequently reducing recidivism and renewing hope for these men and women.
The New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS), in conjunction with the Division of Parole and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), opened a specialized re-entry unit at the Orleans Correctional Facility in August 2007 for male inmates due to be released to Erie and Monroe counties, to help prepare them for their transition back to the community.
The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) and the Division of Parole (DOP) Orleans Community Re-entry Initiative has begun to assess the issue of returning formerly-incarcerated individuals in the Orleans Correctional Facility by addressing the need for a seamless link between release from prison and the provision of services as they relate to the successful re-entry of offenders into the community. This is being accomplished by preparing the individual for community re-entry while still incarcerated, and coordinating/following through with a comprehensive community-based network of services upon release.

The critical unifying element to this approach has been intensive and individualized case management services, which begins in prison and supports the individual as he gains stability/independence in the community. The inmate will also be an active/invested participant in the planning and implementation of his successful community re-entry. The Orleans re-entry project focuses on chemical dependence treatment (timely access to appropriate community-based treatment); employment (job readiness training, job placement, and post-employment support); and housing (a stable and affordable residence that will support the individual's drug-free and crime-free lifestyle).

OASAS provides funding and technical assistance for:

the provision of clinical case management services;
the formation/operation of a consortium of stakeholder agencies; and
the expenditure of wrap-around funds for supportive services.
The case management entity provides the following services to parolees:

in-depth service needs assessment (chemical dependence, housing, employment, and other areas required for successful community reintegration);
development of a comprehensive community re-entry ("discharge") plan;
referrals to services with follow-up; and
individualized clinical case management services.
An OASAS-certified treatment agency conducts a clinical assessment, including the LOCADTR (OASAS protocol for determining most clinically appropriate level of care) to govern the admission decision.

In order to facilitate the coordination of services and the resolution of barriers to successful re-entry, and to ensure timely and consistent communication between agencies, the County Local Governmental Unit (LGU) was required to establish a consortium of stakeholder agencies comprised of the local Department of Social Services, certified chemical dependence services agencies, mental health services providers, employment-related services providers, housing agencies, the Parole Adjudicating Judge, a designee of NYS Department of Corrections (DOCS), and other community-based organizations, as appropriate. The consortium is co-chaired by OASAS, Parole and the LGU.

and more info
The offenders will meet in person with the parole officers, case workers, potential employers and others from their nearby home county who will form their key support network after release. Preparation for the transition back to society plays a critical role in ex-offenders’ success in obtaining employment and readjusting to their families and communities.

Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Denise E. O’Donnell said: “Our number one goal in criminal justice is always public safety, and successful reentry advances that goal by reducing recidivism and helping former offenders become productive, law-abiding members of their community. The reentry units opened by the Department of Correctional Services, in collaboration with the Division of Parole, are part of a comprehensive strategy that recognizes that a returning offender’s ability to adjust to life outside prison is linked to his or her success in obtaining housing, securing employment, dealing with drug or alcohol dependency and other health-related issues.”

Momma Ann
03-31-2011, 08:04 AM
Department of Correctional Services Opens Specialized “Reentry” Unit to Prepare Inmates for Release to Monroe County; Follows Erie County Unit

The New York State Department of Correctional Services, in conjunction with the Division of Parole, recently opened a specialized “reentry” unit to help prepare male inmates due to be released to Monroe County for their transition back to the community.
Located at Orleans Correctional Facility, the Monroe unit follows the Department’s first-ever specialized reentry unit, for Erie County releases, which opened at Orleans in August 2007.
The two 60-bed units are located in adjacent dorms at the men’s medium security correctional facility in Albion, Orleans County, about midway between Rochester and Buffalo. The units are expected to serve as models for helping inmates nearing release prepare for their return to society.
DOCS and the Division of Parole collaborated with the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the Erie County and Monroe County Reentry Task Forces to create the transitional dorms, where DOCS transfers certain inmates who are within three to four months of release from prison for eventual return back to Erie and Monroe counties. The offenders meet in person with the parole officers, case workers, potential employers and others from their nearby home county who will form their key support network after release. Preparation for the transition back to society plays a critical role in ex-offenders’ success in obtaining employment and readjusting to their families and communities.
During their 90- to 120-day stay at the unit, participating inmates join with a team made up of DOCS and Parole officials, OASAS-certified providers and community- and faith-based agencies to assess each offender’s needs, ranging from possession of necessary documents to employment and housing opportunities and issues surrounding family reunification, on a case-by-case basis. Staff emphasize the inmate’s personal responsibilities in preparation for his return to the community.
Prior to release, participants:

Are evaluated for job training, anger management, substance abuse counseling and/or other programs in the community, depending on their needs.
Are given help applying for public benefits.
Participate in role-playing such as mock job interviews that allow them to practice behavioral responses in relation to issues of employment and family reunification.
Practice cover letter-writing.
Use the Department of Labor’s Career Zone software.
DOCS is eyeing counties that have developed local reentry task forces as potential partners for future reentry units, including Albany, Dutchess, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer and Ulster counties. Like Orleans’, any additional reentry units would supplement the regular reentry programs and services DOCS has run since the 1970s.
“Reentry is a vital component of New York’s criminal justice strategy: when you reduce recidivism, you rebuild lives and enhance the public safety,” said Denise E. O’Donnell, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). “It’s very clear that a returning offender’s ability to adjust to life outside prison is linked to his or her success in obtaining housing, securing employment, dealing with drug or alcohol dependency and other health-related issues. By working in tandem with Monroe County’s Reentry Task Force, this new unit will further pave the way so that offenders can make successful transitions back to their communities.”
Correctional Services Commissioner Brian Fischer said: “The transition between prison and society, especially for those inmates who have spent many years serving time, is often a difficult one. By providing the kind of personal contact that could make all the difference to an inmate’s successful readjustment to the community, these reentry units are invaluable to both the inmates and the citizens of Western New York.”
Division of Parole Chairman George B. Alexander said: “Introducing reentry programs to inmates in this setting equips them with tangible tools they can use to succeed in the community once they are released. Ultimately, public safety could improve because those leaving prison are able to deal with the challenges of the outside world constructively. We hope that this project will continue to expand beyond Monroe and Erie counties.”
OASAS Commissioner Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo said: “Nearly 80 percent of parolees in New York have a substance abuse problem, so it is critical that we provide the assessments and treatment that will reduce recidivism and support their return to their communities. The successful outcomes from the Erie County model show us that we are doing the right thing by bringing these services to Monroe County with an OASAS-certified provider.”
The two reentry units employ a Supervising Correction Counselor, Correction Counselors for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment and for Transitional Services, a Keyboard Specialist and a Supervisor of Volunteer Services from DOCS.
Seven facility and field Parole Officers from the Division of Parole meet with participants and help determine their risk level and the types of needs they may have after release.
So far, 218 inmates have been released after completing their stay at the Erie County unit. The first group of inmates is scheduled for release from the Monroe County unit in mid-January 2009.
Orleans Correctional Facility Superintendent Sibatu Khahaifa said: “We anticipate that the groundwork established in opening the Erie County Reentry Unit will serve us well in our efforts to operate an effective Monroe County Reentry Unit. Our contacts and collaborative meetings with the Monroe County Reentry Task Force and service providers have made excellent progress to date.
Elizabeth J. Wilk, Deputy Director of Upstate Reentry Program Services for the Division of Parole, said: “Initial feedback from inmates completing the program has been positive. We are optimistic that their experience with the program inside prison will translate into long-term success in the community.”
Patricia Warth, former managing attorney in the Buffalo office of Prisoners Legal Services and now Co-Director of Justice Strategies at the Center for Community Alternatives, a community-based program that provides services to offenders returning to the community from prison and a member of the DCJS-sponsored Statewide Reentry Advisory Group, said: “I am excited to see DOCS collaborate with organizations in the community to assist inmates, in a real way, to successfully reintegrate into the community.”
Besides the Legal Aid Society, representatives of the Labor Department, Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) and the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, as well as faith-based groups and community substance abuse treatment agencies and others have come to Orleans to make presentations about their services.
The Monroe County Reentry Task Force, one of 13 statewide funded by DCJS, is a collaboration of more than 50 agencies including treatment providers, faith-based groups, community organizations and human services agencies that help ex-offenders with employment, training, education, mental health counseling, mentoring, family reunification, substance abuse treatment, health care and housing needs.
Ann Graham, Monroe County Reentry Coordinator, said: “Monroe County Reentry Services at Catholic Family Center has been eagerly awaiting this initiative. Grouping together men who will return to Monroe County at one nearby facility makes possible a whole range of needed community-based services and supports, including more family contact, that would simply be unavailable when men are spread over the State’s 64 male correctional facilities. Commissioners O'Donnell, Fischer and Carpenter-Palumbo and Chairman Alexander are setting the trend in incorporating evidence-based services that help ensure safer communities.”
“Today’s inmate is tomorrow’s neighbor,” said William Burgin, Coordinator of Reentry Systems Initiatives for the Erie County Department of Mental Health.