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Wende Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 1187
Alden, New York 14004-1187

(716) 937-4000 (ErieCounty)

Maximum Male

Address to send packages/shipments from vendors:

3622 Wende Road
Alden, NY 14004

Visitation Hours: 9 am – 3 pm for all inmates.

Visiting Room: There are 2 visiting room, plus an outside deck with picnic tables. They opne the outside deck when the weather permits. During the week , one must park in a specified area. There is a certain area for visitors. Then you go up to the door, and wait for the CO’s to click it open. Once you are in the building, there is a desk. Sheets to visit should be at that desk or at a table. They will then call you up to visit. You must sign in, in a book and then go through normal procedures, metal detector etc. After that, you go through another set of doors and another set to the LEFT. You then go to the desk in there to get your seating assignments. The room is large. The vending machines are on the left wall. Inmates can go to the machines, just not the microwaves. A child’s play area is on the right hand side. ONLY CHILDREN can go in there!! There is also a TV in there. The back wall is small rooms which are for legal visits and I believe, box visits. The ladies and gentleman bathrooms are to the left of the CO’s desk. The inmate’s bathroom is to the right of the machines. The prices are reasonable and there are tons of choices when it comes to vending machines. There is a juice machine, pop machines, even an ice cream one!! Plus, normal food and snack machines. When the person comes to fill the machines, stay seated. DO NOT go to the machines at this time. The inmates come down after you are seated. It ranges in time. Sometimes, they come down quick. Other times, it takes a while. You will know an inmate is coming down when you hear a bell, subtle noise. They come from a door on the back, right side. Kissing and all that is allowed. The CO’s are for the most part, decent. There are games and books. Games like “scrabble” are there along with a wide variety of bibles. Pictures are taken everyday - week day and weekends. You pay for the pictures at an area on the right hand side of the back area. They are $2. No peace signs or “symbols” while taking a picture!?! It is in the rules, posted along the back.

There is a wall on the back right side near the inmate door. It has a ‘rainforest-y’ mural painted on it. The CO’s will pass out your visiting sheets at about 3 p.m. symbolizing the visit is over soon.

As far as weekends are concerned… the above stuff is for the most part the same BUT weekends are insane as far as the business. Buses usually come in from NYC. Swarms of people!! On weekends, after you park, there is a visiting center on the left side of the parking lot that you go in to. You sign in and wait. The doors for that center usually open at around 7:30, 8 o’clock a.m. If you can, on weekends, get there as early as possible. After it gets close to 9, certain people go to the front of the prison and hand their sheets in at the desk that I had told you about above. Then, CO’s call names out and they process you. You then, go through the doors and get your seat assignment. Same as above. IF they reach capacity and you live within a 100 mile radius and someone else is there to visit from farther away--your visit is terminated. My biggest advice, WEEKENDS ARE BUSYYY! Cannot stress that enough!


Prison Web Site: n/a

Prison Picture: There is a picture of the facility on the site for the link I have at the bottom of this message.

FRP available: Yes. There will soon be 3 trailers; one trailer for RMU/Hospice and 2 trailers for general population. Visits are generally every 60-75 days. FRP coordinator extension 2088.

Wende Correctional Facility
Family Reunion Program

There is a six-week minimum between visits. Visitors and inmates will not enter
other units or cross-visit between or inside units. Smoking is not allowed
inside the trailer units.

Do not bring in any type of glass containers. Aerosol cans of any type are
prohibited. There are charcoal grills, picnic tables for your use. We provide
the charcoal and lighter fluid.

APRPOVED VISITORS: Only those people listed in the Approval Notice sent to the
family will be allowed to participate in the family reunion visit. No additions
or substitutions!

TRASPORTATIONS & CHECK-IN: Visitors are required to arrange and provide their
own transportation to and from the facility. If you drive, you are to park in
the designated area. Families must arrive at the facility’s front lobby promptly
at 11:00 a.m. for processing. If a family is going to be late, they must call
the Family Reunion Office. If families are late, it may result in cancellation
of visit, at the discretion of the family reunion staff. The cut off time is
12:00 noon. No families will be escorted to the trailer after 12:00 noon. The
Family Reunion visits are 45 hours long. Your visits will start at approximately
12:00 noon and will end at 9:00 a.m., 2 days later.

IDENTIFICATION: All visitors must present proper identification. A photo I.D.
with signature is required for all adults and children 13 years and older (Birth
certificate, SS Cards, passport, License).

PERSONAL PROPERTY: Visitors are allowed to bring in only a minimum amount of
personal property including items for personal hygiene. Bring in only enough
clothes for the visit. No clothing, shoes, boots or sneakers are allowed to be
brought in for the inmate.


MEDICATION: Any family member taking prescription drugs must have a Doctor’s
note for this medication on file in the FRP office.

RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT/TOYS/GAMES: These are all provided for the family’s use.
No home videos or pictures are allowed to be brought in.

CHILDREN: Parents are responsible for supervising their children at all times.

FOOD: All food must be sealed. You are only to bring in enough food necessary to be consumed by the
inmate and participants for two breakfast meals, two lunch meals and two dinner
meals. In addition, a reasonable amount of snacks will be permitted. Food
prepared at home will not be permitted. Glass baby food jars are permitted.

Homemade food prepared at home.
Non-alcoholic beer or wine
Any foods containing alcohol or poppy/poppy seeds, raw baking dough or yeast.
Any exotic foods with unusual properties such as Ackee, Peyote and Belladonna.
Hard Shell Seafood (Lobster, Crab, Oysters, etc). Seafood will be allowed if it
is hermetically sealed with all the shells off.
Nuts with shells.
No loose tea.
Food in aerosol cans, glass containers. Food must be brought in their original
sealed containers. No food in Tupperware, Rubbermaid, etc. will be allowed.

Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Bread in sealed packages (no twist or clip ties).
Bakery items in sealed package.
Canned foods.
Coffee filters
Facial tissue, aluminum foil and/or plastic wrap is allowed.
Sauces in plastic jars

Food products must be commercially packaged in airtight hermetically sealed
containers impervious to external influence and tamper-proof (e.g. sealed cans,
heat sealed plastic bags, vacuum-sealed plastic jars, glued sealed paper and
cardboard boxes, etc.) Take –out fast food is allowed only if it is in the
original container, bought on the day of the visit and you have the receipt with
you. (ask if this is still true)

CLOTHING: Visitors are permitted to being in enough clothing for their stay.
Birth control (condoms/foams/creams/prescription pills) is allowed.

PHOTOS: Can be taken during the FRP visit. The FRP Office now takes photos due to some issues with
inappropriate photos being taken during visits.

EMERGENCIES: Visitors will not be allowed to leave the family reunion site
except for emergencies before the normal termination of the visit. Family
medical staff cannot provide treatment to visitors.

CHECK OUT TIME: Everyone must be fully dressed by 9:00 a.m. Your FRP unit must
be cleaned and all family members ready to depart by 9:00 a.m. sharp.

NEXT APPLICATION: When your family is escorted to the visit site, you will
receive your new application for your next visit. During the visit, complete the
application with your family. At the completion of your visit, the inmate files
the application with the FRP office. You may request specific dates at the top
of your application for your next visit. If one of those dates are available,
when the FRP office receives your approved application, you will be scheduled
for one.

PIOR VISIT CANCELLATIONS: The Inmate Approval Notice sent to the family must be
signed and mailed back to the FRP Office at least ten (10) days before the
OF YOUR VISIT. You must call at least seven (7) days in advance to cancel a
visit. If you have questions, contact the FRP office at (716) 937-4000, ext.
2088 or 4317.

1. Personal linens (sheets, blankets, towels)
2. Cassette tapes, video tapes
3. Camera, radio, CD player, cassette tape players, VCR machines
4. Scissors, knives
5. Stuffed toys, blankets, pillows
6. All aerosol cans
7. Cash money
8. Any type of clothing/footwear for inmate. Glass containers (except Baby food)
9. Home videos or pictures. Legal mail for inmate

STRICTLY FORBIDDEN BY LAW: Alcohol, Wine, Beer, Liquor and any other types of
Intoxicants. Narcotics, dangerous drugs and weapons are not allowed! Firearms,
knives, explosives, ammunition, handcuffs and/off cuff keys or other escape
related items.

General Information:

Wende houses three distinct inmate populations:

General confinement, maximum-security inmates.
Wende is no longer a REception facility.
Special Needs Unit (SNU) inmates, a population comprised of individuals who have various developmental and other learning disabilities.

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

Wende Correctional Facility
Wende has been a maximum-security state prison for just 20 years. But this tract in western New York has penal roots that began growing before the Great Depression. Located in the town of Alden in Erie County , Wende was built on land originally purchased from the Holland Land Company by the locally-prominent Otto Wende family. The land was later donated to Erie County as a public park, later abandoned. The land was later operated as a farm to feed inmates in the Erie County Penitentiary on the west side of Buffalo. From those seeds sprouted the Erie County Penitentiary, precursor of today's Wende prison.

With residential expansion occurring in Buffalo, the decision was made around 1920 to relocate the Erie County Penitentiary from within the city limits.

The Wende parcel was selected, and a new county jail opened there in 1923. By the 1980's, Erie County was looking to construct a new jail while the state sought additional maximum-security space.

An agreement was reached: Erie County would sell its Wende facility to the state, financing in part the county's new jail that would be constructed on the same sprawling parcel in the town of Alden. The state would renovate and expand the old jail into a state prison, providing much-needed cells in western New York.

The original physical county jail plant in Alden was constructed in 1923-24. It followed a design by William Beardsle a noted prison architect. Original construction was performed by Morris & Allen, Inc.

A Buffalo Courier-Express's article from July 13, 1923, reported, correctly, that the first round of inmates would be arriving the following day.

The first building at the new county facility, constructed using inmate labor, was a combination -- dormitory, kitchen and work area. In addition to farming, part of the work performed by inmates included making pine coffins that were used to bury the area's indigent. The building is still in use today, housing the academic school and facility maintenance area.

The architects of Erie County Penitentiary were subsequently awarded a state contract to construct nearby Attica, which opened in 1931.

The Alden parcel -originally donated by the Wende family - today houses not only the state prison bearing their name, but also the Erie County Home and Infirmary, the Erie County Correctional Facility and the state's Buffalo Correctional Facility.

New York state steps in

With a growing inmate population necessitating an expansion of maximum-security prison beds in the early 1980's, the state purchased the Erie County Penitentiary in 1983 from Erie County for $48 million. Erie County continued to share occupancy of the site until 1986, when construction of its new facility on the sprawling Wende grounds was completed.

Beginning in 1983, the state expanded the former Wende penitentiary in phases. Phase I consisted of initial security measures and provisions for support services for the initial round of 185 male inmates. Phase II involved population expansion and associated security support programmatic enhancements. With the ultimate implementation of Phase III, which included new construction and renovation of existing buildings, Wende's conversion to a state facility was complete.

Today, the physical plant at Wende consists of 49 buildings. The facility encloses 15 acres within its secure perimeter.

The physical plant has changed dramatically. These changes include demolition of the old auditorium to provide space for a recreation/religious services building; demolition of the old power plant building inside the perimeter to allow for construction of a building for the state Office of Mental Health (OMH); construction of a new power plant and storehouse; construction of a new administration building; construction of a new range/training building; construction of a Quality of Work Life building and construction of a Regional Medical Unit (RMU).

Wende houses two distinct inmate populations:

General confinement, maximum-security inmates

Special Needs Unit (SNU) inmates, a population comprised of individuals who have various developmental and other -learning disabilities.
In addition, OMH also operates one of its 12 prison satellite units at Wende.

The facility was accredited in 1988 by the American Correctional Association, affirming that it meets nationally-acceptable standards in its management and operations. It has been accredited triennially since then.

Like the state prison system overall, Wende is a much safer facility than it was several years ago. Wende has seen a 53 percent decline in the number of all unusual incidents since 1997, down from 329 to 153 in 2001. The number of inmate-on-staff assaults dropped by 63 percent between 1997 and 2001, falling from 57 to 21. Additionally, the number of inmate-on-inmate assaults fell by 61 percent between 1997 and 2001, from 51 to 20.

One of Wende's claims to fame is that it inaugurated the Department's in-cell television program, a program which since has been expanded to seven other maximum-security facilities: Attica, Great Meadow, Clinton Main, Elmira, Five Points and the cadre units at Southport and Upstate.

This program involves general population inmates voting to limit package privileges, considered to be a substantial channel for contraband, for the opportunity to purchase for their cells 12-inch, black- and-white television sets equipped with earphones. Inmates at the participating facilities are only allowed to receive 2-20lb. packages during the year.

Unique programming addresses varied needs

Wende has been empowered with a wide variety of missions over the past two decades. Thanks to the tireless efforts of administrators and dedicated staff members, the facility has consistently been up to the challenges.

The maximum-security RMU, which opened in 1998, is a four-story building located within the secured perimeter.

It contains an l8-bed infirmary for Wende's primary care operation. The RMU also features 80 in-patient beds for those male inmates in western New York who are in need of coordinated specialty or long-term care.

The RMU also includes a dialysis unit plus a physical therapy unit. Its clinical area provides space for on-site procedures as well as inmate evaluation sessions by community specialists versed in no less than 25 medical disciplines.

Over the past several years, the five RMUs around the state have proven to be extremely cost-effective as the number of supervised inmate trips to outside hospitals has been greatly reduced: most inmate medical needs can be handled by community professionals at the RMUs.

Security in hospitals throughout New York state also has been greatly enhanced due to fewer inmate trips and a corresponding decreased likelihood that inmates will act up in public and cause disruptions. The SNU is necessary to provide appropriate services to certain groups of inmates who exhibit limited intellectual abilities, poor coping skills, emotional problems and other maladies. The goal of the unit is that each inmate achieve a level of intellectual and emotional maturity with sufficient self-esteem and confidence that he no longer needs the shelter and services of the unit and may be mainstreamed to the general population.

Wende's SNU is self-contained except for specific services by medical, dental, religious, vocational, psychological, mental health and other such other services as determined by the Superintendent. The arrangement effectively shelters the client group from inmates in the rest of the facility 24 hours a day. This helps provide for a more secure facility and the establishment of an effective therapeutic environment.

Uniformed and non-uniformed personnel staffing the SNU at Wende are considered an integral and essential part of the program, and they participate in both Admission Screening Team and Treatment Team meetings.

Additional mental health services are provided to Wende inmates under a cooperative agreement with OMH officials. An outpatient satellite unit from the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy runs a mental health unit that features six observation cells, eight dormitory beds and 38 cells at Wende. OMH staff deliver a variety of mental health services (assessment, psychotherapy, psychotropic medicines, etc.) depending on an individual's needs. The mental health unit staff are also responsible for the commitments of mentally ill inmates directly to Central New York.

Wende also meets the needs of hearing impaired inmates. There are approximately 15 deaf and hearing-impaired inmates housed at the facility, and the number has been increasing. A manual communicator is on staff at Wende to provide assistance to these inmates. They use sign language to deal with all confidential information like disciplinary, medical, sick call, psychological services, counselor interviews and other issues.

To further assist inmates with special needs, flashing fire alarms have been installed outside the cells of deaf and hearing-impaired inmates to afford them ample protections. Wende also features amplified phone equipment, personal amplification devices and closed-captioned television equipment.

These reasonable accommodations and rehabilitative services are provided to inmates in need at Wende and other several state prisons pursuant to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

In that regard, Wende is also responsible for providing security coverage for the secure ward at the Erie County Medical Center. Inmates from the 12 facilities that comprise the Wende It hub may be housed at the downtown Buffalo hospital when needed for surgery and other necessary medical treatment.

In March of 2002, Wende opened its newly constructed Visitor Process Center. Volunteers from throughout the western New York community provide hospitality services to visitors to Wende during visiting hours on Saturday and Sunday (As a maximum-security prison, Wende inmates can receive visitors seven days a week during authorized visiting hours).

The center is designed to meet the needs of visitors, many of whom have traveled long distances to visit family and other loved ones. The center provides lavatories, a changing area for infants and sufficient and comfortable seating. A microwave, a refrigerator an refreshments also are made available for visitors and their families; there also is a children's play area.

At he end of 2001, Wende implemented a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) program. RSAT is similar to ASAT (the Department's Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment program). How- ever, it has a residential component that enhances the therapeutic effects, whereas participants live and attend psycho-educational classes together. The program is run by the facility's RSAT Treatment Team, which consists of one Counselor and two Program Assistants. The program can service up to 120 inmates at any given time and utilizes trained and seasoned inmate program associates to serve its mission: to help inmates identify and better cope with addictive behavior.

Wende also is a leader in this Department when it comes to aggressive recycling efforts that help save taxpayer dollars and benefit the environment. Approximately 42,000 pounds of recyclable material are hauled to the recycling center at nearby Wyoming every month. The material consists of food, cardboard, tin, paper, plastics, clothes and wood. In 2001, the facility saved state taxpayers a substantial amount of money by recycling 512,110 pounds of waste.

With a staffing complement of just over 800 employees, 527 of whom are security staff, Wende is a vital part of the community. And its employees do not take that responsibility lightly.

Employees perform outstanding service

As with employees at other facilities throughout New York state, Wende employees are key figures in the western New York community in which they reside. 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.

The efforts have not gone unrecognized.

Employees at Wende have always shown exceptional commitment to the Department's annual State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) campaign, which assists the needy in the community. This unwavering commitment was aptly demonstrated when the facility recently was presented with an Award of Excellence from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County for being one of the Top l00 Supporters of the United Way Community Care Fund.

Each October staff and inmates participate in Make a Difference Day activities. This past year, Wende staff and in- mates collected loose change and employees held several raffles, raising more than $500. Most of the money was used to buy new hats and mittens for the Harvest House Baby Ministry in Buffalo. And during a previous drive at Wende, employees donated over 200 items -which included toys, clothing, walkman radios and arts and crafts supplies to children at the Roswell Park Cancer Center in Buffalo.

While distinguishing themselves as a caring and compassionate group, the employees at Wende also have distinguished themselves individually, bringing credit and honor to the entire Department. On June 4, 2002, for example, two Wende employees were honored at the Department's annual Memorial Service and Medals Ceremony at the DOCS Training Academy in Albany for meritorious service. At that ceremony, Governor Pataki presented the Medal of Honor, the Department's highest honor, to Correction Officer Paul MacNeil. CO MacNeil was honored for the extraordinary action he displayed when responding to an inmate's vicious assault on a fellow Correction Officer. CO MacNeil diverted the attention of the inmate and came under brutal attack himself. Despite his injuries, he was able to activate his personal alarm system and summoned further help. His actions prevented his co-worker from sustaining even more serious injuries.

Also at last June's ceremony, Wende Plant Utilities Engineer Mark Battaglia received a Medal of Merit from Governor Pataki for his exceptional contribution to public service. He and two other civilians risked their lives to assist a local police Sergeant who was being assaulted by a motorist during a routine traffic stop in the village of LeRoy. Mr. Battaglia assisted the Sergeant without any regard for his own personal safety and helped prevent an ugly incident from escalating.

Just as Wende employees are a vital part of the fabric that is the western New York community, the community, in kind, is a vital part of the daily operations at Wende.

There currently are 190 registered volunteers from the local community who provide a wide variety of services at Wende on a regular basis. On average, there are 73 volunteers providing various services to the inmate population per month. Regularly scheduled volunteer groups include Alternatives to Violence (ATV), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Kairos, Residents Encounter Christ (REC) and various other religious and community organizations. In addition, volunteer basketball and baseball teams from the community come to the facility periodically to play games against the inmates.

In recognition of these ongoing and selfless efforts, the facility each year hosts a typically well-attended volunteer recognition dinner to honor the various community volunteers for their services to the inmate population.
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