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Gouverneur Correctional Facility

112 Scotch Settlement Road, Gouverneur, New York 13642

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(315) 287-7351
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Gouverneur Correctional Facility Visiting Information:

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

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 DOCS 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 inmate, as long as it is during visiting hours, the visitor has proper identification, and the inmate 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.

Special Permission Visitors

The following individuals can only visit with special permission:

A person who is currently under Parole or Probation supervision.
A Department employee.
A current, active volunteer for the Department.
A current contract employee.
A person with pending or past criminal proceedings may be denied pending approval by the Superintendent.
If any of these conditions applies to you, permission should be sought by writing to the Superintendent well in advance. You must do this and receive approval before you can visit. The Superintendent may deny visiting privileges to visitors with criminal histories if they feel that the visitor’s presence could create a threat to the security and good order of the facility. Criteria to be considered shall include, but not be limited to, the purpose of the proposed visit, the former institutional adjustment of the ex-inmate, the nature of the pending criminal proceeding, and the time frame between release and the proposed visit. NOTE: In addition to the Superintendent’s approval, Probationers and Parolees also need written approval from their Probation or Parole Officer.

Visiting Days and Times

BEFORE YOU VISIT, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE VISITING SCHEDULE.

BE THERE ON THE CORRECT DAY !!!!!!!!!!

Except in cases of emergency and instances of termination, suspension, or revocation of the visitor’s privileges, the number, length and frequency of visits by each visitor will be limited only as necessary to accommodate all visitors who arrive during the scheduled visiting time.

Visiting days and times are different for each facility. They are influenced by the security level and population concerns of the facility. At many facilities, you may only visit on certain days of the week, for example, by last name (A-L) (M-Z) or by the inmate’s DIN. As a general rule, maximum security facilities have visiting on a daily basis. Medium and minimum security facilities have visiting on weekends and holidays. Work Release facilities have visiting for inmates in restriction units only. Shock Incarceration inmates have visiting every other weekend. PLEASE NOTE: Inmates designated as SHU status (Special Housing Unit) are limited to one visit per week, excluding legal visits that have been approved. Contact the facility for the specific visiting schedule.

Visiting hours vary by facility, but generally they begin at 7:30 am and end at 3:00 pm. Some may even include evening hours. Many visiting rooms become very crowded and often visitors are told they must leave because there are others waiting to get in. It is good to learn, in advance, as much as possible about the facility you are going to visit.

Contact the facility prior to your initial visit to determine the visiting policy.

Gouverneur Correctional Facility Additional information:

Mailing an Inmate in Gouverneur Correctional Facility:

Generally, correspondence is allowed and encouraged. The sending and receiving of mail by offenders will be restricted only to the extent necessary to prevent a threat to the safety and security of the facility, or the safety or well being of any person, and to prevent unsolicited and unwanted mail. PLEASE NOTE: No offender may correspond with any person who is on his/her negative correspondence list. No offender may correspond with any person who is listed on a court Order of Protection which prohibits such correspondence.

People sending mail into the correctional facility are personally responsible for the contents of their mail. Offenders and all correspondents are advised that sending obscene, threatening, or fraudulent materials through the mail may be a crime under state and federal laws. The Department will urge prosecution whenever such mail is brought to its attention. Unauthorized items shall either be returned to the sender at the expense of the offender, or otherwise disposed of. Such will be the choice of the offender and accomplished at the offender’s expense. PLEASE NOTE: Dangerous contraband will not be returned.

All mail sent to the offender must be clearly marked with the offender’s name, DIN and return address in the left top corner of the envelope. Envelopes may include your personal letters and photographs. Do NOT send nude photographs or Polaroid photos. Do NOT send postage stamps or letters from other people, except children. A limit of 5 pages of printed or photocopied materials (an individual newspaper clipping will be considered one page) may be received within a piece of regular correspondence. (Note the following exception in the next paragraph). In order to facilitate media review, pages or clippings must not be taped, glued, or pasted together or to other papers.

Not to exceed once every four months, an offender may make a written request to the Superintendent to receive in excess of 5 pages of printed or photocopied legal papers specifically related to his or her current legal matter (e.g., legal brief or trial transcript relating to the offender’s active case) within a piece of regular correspondence. If approved, the piece of correspondence must be received within 30 days thereafter.

All incoming mail will be opened and inspected for cash, checks, money orders, printed or photocopied materials, or contraband. Monies are credited to the offender’s account. Please note that printed or photocopied materials may delay the offender receiving the letter due to Media Review procedures. Again, postage stamps are not allowed.

All mail that you receive from an offender should be well marked with the offender’s DIN and correctional facility address and other clear indications that the letter is from a correctional facility.

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

Duration:

No time limit unless space availability is limited.

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  1. PrisonPath says:

    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.

  2. would like to visit inmate Chester Debiaso DIN# 10B3173. since my wife and i will be in the area in September. We would like to pay him a visit. We will be driving from Niagara Falls NY to 1000 Islands to Gouvnerneur then to Hudson falls and return. What do We need to do in advance to visit him on a Saturday? Peter Williams 716 799 3626 or e-mail williamsandassoc@juno.com. Thank you for your help.

  3. faye herring says:

    My nephew navar herring just got there and in would like to come visit and im traveling from downstate newburgh ny.i need to know what i can wear.

    • PrisonPath says:

      Hi Faye,

      Please note the following dress restrictions for visitation at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility.
      For information about prison survival, read the 25 Rules.
      Prohibited Dress

      See-through (sheer) clothing, bare midriffs or backs.
      Plunging necklines, short shorts or athletic shorts, low tops or backless tops or dresses.
      Shorts or skirts shorter than mid-thigh length are not allowed.
      Bathing suits.
      Attire displaying obscene/offensive, derogatory language or drawings; or promoting illegal activity.

      If in doubt, you should not wear a questionable item of clothing. Under no circumstances will a visitor be allowed into the facility dressed inappropriately.

      Please be advised, if your bra makes the metal detector go off, you will have to take it off and/or be searched by an officer. (See policy regarding searches).
      If you wear many hair pins and the metal detector goes off because of them, you will be told that you have to take them out of your hair in order to visit. It is easier to do your hair another way.
      Be aware that some head wraps may have to come off in order for you to pass through the metal detector successfully.
      Many kinds of jewelry make the detector go off. It is easier to remove anything questionable and carry it with you in the processing area. Put it back on later.
      Zippers, metal studs, and decorations can make the detector go off. If this happens, you may be asked to go into the bathroom, take off the clothing, put on an alternative article of clothing provided by the Department and kept there for those purposes, and go through the detector again until you make it through successfully. It is best to wear simple clothing so that you can become accustomed to the procedures at the correctional facility.