Downstate Correctional Facility Visitor Information & Inmate Locator- Prison Path

Downstate Correctional Facility

121 Red Schoolhouse Road, Fishkill, New York 12524

Phone :
(845) 831-6600
Website :
Inmate Locator :
Security Level :
maximum

Downstate Correctional Facility Visiting Information:

Visitation Information:

Identification
Effective October 1, 2012, all adult visitors will be required to present photo identification when being processed to visit an offender in DOCCS. Your photograph may also be taken for a visitor identification system pilot project.
Acceptable forms of photo identification must be valid, and current (not expired) and may include:


  • A driver's license with photo;


  • A Department of Motor Vehicles non-driver photo identification;

  • Government issued photo identification;

  • Armed Services I.D. with photo;

  • Employment identification with a photo.




For additional visitation information, click the prison website link on top of page.

Downstate Correctional Facility Additional information:

Downstate is the first stop for all new inmates entering the New York State prison system. New inmates typically wait at Downstate for a few weeks before they are assigned to a permanent facility. The vast majority of inmates in New York State come from New York City. It first opened in 1979.

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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17 Responses to Downstate Correctional Facility

  1. PrisonPath March 17, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    In response to the many questions about telephone communications with your loved one locked up in New York state prisons, please note the following:

    TELEPHONE CALLS

    The Department’s “Call-Home” program allows inmates to make phone calls as a way to maintain contact with family and friends. The inmate may only call you collect. This means you will have to pay for the call.

    An inmate is only permitted to call persons on their approved telephone list and may only have up to 15 telephone numbers on their approved list at any time. Phone numbers may only be added or deleted at the request of the inmate. This is generally done on a quarterly basis when the inmate meets with his or her assigned Correction Counselor. If, however, you do not wish to receive telephone calls from an inmate, you need to notify the facility, in writing, and your name will be entered on the inmate’s Negative Correspondence and Telephone List. The inmate will be immediately notified in writing that you have been removed from his/her “Telephone List” and that disciplinary action may be taken if the telephone is used in any manner to contact you. In addition, your telephone number will be removed from the telephone system.

    According to the type of facility, inmates are generally permitted to make phone calls every day, including holidays, between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. A schedule for phone calls will be established. Calls will automatically be terminated when the facility specific time limit has been reached, preceded by a warning. No call shall exceed 30 minutes. When other inmates are waiting to place calls, a 10 minute limit may be imposed.

    PROHIBITED CALLS: The following rules are some of the restrictions you should be aware of regarding calls made by inmates:

    No inmate may place a telephone call to the residence of a victim of the crime(s) for which he / she has been convicted, or is presently under indictment, regardless of whether immediate family members maintain the same residence, unless prior written authorization has been received from the Superintendent.

    No inmate may call the phone number of any person listed on a court Order of Protection which prohibits telephone communication, unless the order specifically states that the inmate is not prohibited from communication by phone with another person at that same phone number.

    Inmates are prohibited from making telephone calls for the purpose of harassing or intimidating any person. Staff and inmates are advised that such telephone calls may violate Federal and/or State laws. Facility Superintendents shall report serious and/or continuing telephone calls of this nature to the proper law enforcement authorities.

    Inmate telephone calls and telephone conversations are restricted to the telephone number dialed or otherwise placed by or for the inmate. Telephone call forwarding, third party phone calls, and calls to 1-800 numbers are prohibited. Inmates are also prohibited from placing calls to wireless communication devices (i.e., cellular or PCS phone, pagers, etc.). Inmates will be subject to disciplinary action should they violate these rules.

    PLEASE NOTE: All inmate telephone conversations are subject to electronic monitoring and/or recording by Department personnel.

    • Louise May 10, 2013 at 1:59 am #

      How soon after an inmate enters Downstate correctional facility is he allowed to start making phone calls home? He made his one collect call already.

      • PrisonPath May 10, 2013 at 2:41 am #

        Hi Louise,

        Please note the following information about telephone calls.
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        TELEPHONE CALLS

        The Department’s “Call-Home” program allows offenders to make phone calls as a way to maintain contact with family and friends. The offender may only call you collect. This means you will have to pay for the call.

        An offender is only permitted to call persons on their approved telephone list and may only have up to 15 telephone numbers on their approved list at any time. Phone numbers may only be added or deleted at the request of the offender. This is generally done on a quarterly basis when the offender meets with his or her assigned Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator. If, however, you do not wish to receive telephone calls from an offender, you need to notify the facility, in writing, and your name will be entered on the offender’s Negative Correspondence and Telephone List. The offender will be immediately notified in writing that you have been removed from his/her “Telephone List” and that disciplinary action may be taken if the telephone is used in any manner to contact you. In addition, your telephone number will be removed from the telephone system.

        According to the type of facility, offenders are generally permitted to make phone calls every day, including holidays, between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. A schedule for phone calls will be established. Calls will automatically be terminated when the facility specific time limit has been reached, preceded by a warning. No call shall exceed 30 minutes. When other offenders are waiting to place calls, a 10 minute limit may be imposed.

        PROHIBITED CALLS: The following rules are some of the restrictions you should be aware of regarding calls made by offenders:

        Offenders are prohibited from placing telephone calls to the following (unless the individual called is a member of the offender’s immediate family, e.g. spouse, child, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, or uncle):

        A. Present or former employees of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and their families;

        B. Present or former employees of the Division of Parole and their families;

        C. Present or former employees of Federal, State, and local criminal justice agencies, including, but not limited to, police agencies, district attorneys, Federal and local correctional agencies, Probation departments and the families of such employees;

        D. Jurors involved in the conviction of the offender, and their families;

        E. Judges involved in the conviction or indictment of the offender, and their families; and

        F. Crime partners who are not incarcerated.

        No offender may place a telephone call to the residence of a victim of the crime(s) for which he / she has been convicted, or is presently under indictment, regardless of whether immediate family members maintain the same residence, unless prior written authorization has been received from the Superintendent.

        No offender may call the phone number of any person listed on a court Order of Protection which prohibits telephone communication; unless the order specifically states that the offender is not prohibited from communication by phone with another person at that same phone number.

        Offenders are prohibited from making telephone calls for the purpose of harassing or intimidating any person. Staff and offenders are advised that such telephone calls may violate Federal and/or State laws. Facility Superintendents shall report serious and/or continuing telephone calls of this nature to the proper law enforcement authorities.

        Offender telephone calls and telephone conversations are restricted to the telephone number dialed or otherwise placed by or for the offender. Telephone call forwarding, third party phone calls, and calls to 1-800 numbers are prohibited. Offenders are also prohibited from placing calls to wireless communication devices (i.e., cellular or PCS phone, pagers, etc.). Offenders will be subject to disciplinary action should they violate these rules.

        PLEASE NOTE: All offender telephone conversations are subject to electronic monitoring and/or recording by Department personnel.

        Prisonpath—The inmate will be able to make calls once his list is submitted. I would recommend calling the facility to verify the process.
        For information about what prison is like–click this link.

  2. david e. major March 22, 2013 at 2:06 am #

    i want to know were william h.snyder is at because of his brother doug snyder for got were he is at and so his sister dorah .

    • PrisonPath March 22, 2013 at 3:07 am #

      Hi David,

      Go to our home page and try the inmate locators for help.

  3. Lindsay May 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    When is visiting for downstate? It is not shown on this site.

    • PrisonPath May 28, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

      Hi Lindsay,

      We provide the link for the New York Prison’s website which has the information. For visitation, click this link.

      For additional information about prison life for an inmate, click this link.

  4. Tanita Jacob June 25, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    How do i visit for the first time

    • PrisonPath June 25, 2013 at 2:58 am #

      Hi Tanita,

      Please note the following information, but for detailed information about visitation, click this link.

      For information about inmate survival, click this link.

      Visitation by family and friends is encouraged and can be a positive influence during an offender’s time in prison, as well as after the offender’s release. Research has shown that an offender who receives regular visitation adjusts much better once he or she is released from prison when the privilege is used to maintain a positive relationship.

      In addition to enhancing the safety of our correctional facilities, DOCCS wants to ensure that visiting is family friendly and the visiting experience for offenders and their loved ones is positive.
      Appropriate discipline of the few offenders and visitors who violate the visiting rules will enhance the benefits to the many that use their visiting privileges in a positive way.

      Directions and Mileage

      Correctional facilities are sometimes hard to find and may take longer to reach than you originally anticipated. Please refer to the addresses of state correctional facilities. The DOCCS website gives directions to correctional facilities from Albany, New York. Directions may also be obtained through Map Quest on the internet or by calling the correctional facility.
      Who can visit

      With little exception, anyone can visit an offender, as long as it is during visiting hours, the visitor has proper identification, and the offender agrees to the visit. Visitors are required to sign a statement indicating that they have been advised of and agree to abide by the rules and regulations regarding visiting.

      Make sure you know how many visitors may visit at one time. Each facility is different. Sometimes special arrangements for extra visitors can be made through the Superintendent’s Office, with several weeks or a month’s notice. You can call the facility to find out about special arrangements.

  5. Mona July 17, 2013 at 3:08 am #

    How do you get there if you are coming from Brooklyn ny

    • PrisonPath July 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

      Hi Mona,

      We recommend clicking the bus ad on the Downstate prison page. This company provides transportation to numerous New York state prisons including Downstate. at a reasonable charge. please note;

      Take the # four train to Fordham Rd. walk 2-3 blocks to the Grand Concourse and catch the Rd 2 Success Express bus to Downstate Correctional Facility. The bus cost $35 round trip.

  6. Ethel Walsh November 19, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    What is phone number to set up account for collect calls

    • PrisonPath November 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Hi Ethel,

      Please note the following information about telephone calls with inmates at the Downstate Correctional Facility. For information about prison life, read the 25 Rules.

      The Department’s “Call-Home” program allows offenders to make phone calls as a way to maintain contact with family and friends. The offender may only call you collect. This means you will have to pay for the call.

      An offender is only permitted to call persons on their approved telephone list and may only have up to 15 telephone numbers on their approved list at any time. Phone numbers may only be added or deleted at the request of the offender. This is generally done on a quarterly basis when the offender meets with his or her assigned Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator. If, however, you do not wish to receive telephone calls from an offender, you need to notify the facility, in writing, and your name will be entered on the offender’s Negative Correspondence and Telephone List. The offender will be immediately notified in writing that you have been removed from his/her “Telephone List” and that disciplinary action may be taken if the telephone is used in any manner to contact you. In addition, your telephone number will be removed from the telephone system.

      According to the type of facility, offenders are generally permitted to make phone calls every day, including holidays, between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. A schedule for phone calls will be established. Calls will automatically be terminated when the facility specific time limit has been reached, preceded by a warning. No call shall exceed 30 minutes. When other offenders are waiting to place calls, a 10 minute limit may be imposed.

  7. Max November 25, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    what do I have to do in order to call an inmate?

    • PrisonPath November 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

      Hi Max,

      please note the information about telephone calls to inmates at the Downstate Correctional Facility.
      The Department’s “Call-Home” program allows offenders to make phone calls as a way to maintain contact with family and friends. The offender may only call you collect. This means you will have to pay for the call.

      An offender is only permitted to call persons on their approved telephone list and may only have up to 15 telephone numbers on their approved list at any time. Phone numbers may only be added or deleted at the request of the offender. This is generally done on a quarterly basis when the offender meets with his or her assigned Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator. If, however, you do not wish to receive telephone calls from an offender, you need to notify the facility, in writing, and your name will be entered on the offender’s Negative Correspondence and Telephone List. The offender will be immediately notified in writing that you have been removed from his/her “Telephone List” and that disciplinary action may be taken if the telephone is used in any manner to contact you. In addition, your telephone number will be removed from the telephone system.

      According to the type of facility, offenders are generally permitted to make phone calls every day, including holidays, between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM. A schedule for phone calls will be established. Calls will automatically be terminated when the facility specific time limit has been reached, preceded by a warning. No call shall exceed 30 minutes. When other offenders are waiting to place calls, a 10 minute limit may be imposed.

  8. Joe January 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Hello, How do I send books to an inmate?

    • PrisonPath January 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Hi Joe,

      You order the books from a company such as Amazon or Barnes and Noble. The company will mail the book directly to the inmate. You cannot mail the books to the inmate.

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