Gowanda Correctional Facility

South Road, Gowanda, New York 14070

Phone :
(716) 532-0177
Website :
Inmate Locator :
Security Level :
medium

Gowanda 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.

Gowanda Correctional Facility Additional Information:


Gowanda Correctional Facility Facebook Page

Salon.com: "My Prison Redemption at Gowanda Correctional Facility"

I am living as a prisoner in Gowanda Correctional Facility, a repurposed mental institution—sprawling, brick and actually kind of pastoral—leased by a local tribe to the New York State Department of Corrections for the purpose of housing, punishing and rehabilitating drunk drivers and sex offenders. You can spot the window sashes here in at least one scene of The Natural, starring Robert Redford and filmed here in the ‘80s, while the place was otherwise empty. There is a rumor floating around that the tribe will not renew the lease, that the tribe wants a casino.

My bunkie, Mr. McQuinn, a disgraced 59-year-old attorney with 14 DWI convictions, now fairly levitates, pressed up against the Redford windows of our cell, attempting to stay as far away from the violence and Mr. Wood and me as possible. He knows to stay quiet and we know to stay quiet as we pitch from one wall to the other, slowly, cartoonishly crashing about my blown-steel bed. If we attract the attention of the officer on this floor or, just as bad, if we leave marks, we are both headed to the SHU, the Special Housing Unit, the Box. No questions asked.

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Prison Talk Forum:
Lodging:
Tepee bed and breakfast Inn -$30-35. And close to the prison.

-In the 1yr & 1/2 my son has been in gowanda I have only stayed in the Microtel motel in Springville,ny. Which is exit 55 of thruway. Not sure if there are any closer but this is the one I found and we like it there. It has a walmart across the street for any last min. things, Restaurants right on same strip and a small shopping plaza. It also has a continental breakfast in a.m. to hold you over. People there are very nice, it isn't too expensive and not too far from Gowanda or Collins. To get to those facilities from microtel you take a right out of parking lot then a left at 1st light and keep going straight on road til you get to end of road then take a left and a few seconds later the facilities are on the right hand side I believe collins is 1st then for Gowanda you turn right onto South Road. Hopes this helps someone.(lindy1059)

-closest airport is Buffalo and possibly renting a car from there ( Gowanda is like an hr from Buffalo give or take. I will also tell u how to get from Buffalo to GCF very easy.

Marriages are done at Gowanda but there are certain steps which i have no clue as to what they are because we are not getting married there. They DO NOT the have the Family Reunion Program (no trailors)
(roccitygirl)

be prepared to have your visit terminated if you live within a 250 radius of the facility and drive there. When the free buses are there the facility terminates anyone who lives fairly close and isn't on a bus.

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Gowanda Correctional Facility Additional information:

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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18 Responses to Gowanda Correctional Facility

  1. PrisonPath March 17, 2013 at 4:35 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.

    • Queenie January 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      How can I setup calls from my husband who is an inmate

      • PrisonPath January 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm #

        Hi Queenie,

        please review our additional information on this page regarding telephone calls.

  2. donna April 3, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    what items am i allowed to bring to the prison or mail to my son

    • PrisonPath April 3, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Hi Donna,

      Please note the following about visitation,

      Contraband
      Do not bring weapons, drugs, alcohol, cell phones, memory cards and other prohibited items into the correctional facility. If you do, you may lose your visiting privileges. You may also be arrested and criminally prosecuted.

      Do not give anything (money, ident
      ification, medicine, etc.) to an offender without permission from staff.
      Do not hold anything for another visitor or an offender.

      please note the following about mailing;

      SENDING MAIL TO AN INMATE

      Generally, correspondence is allowed and encouraged. The sending and receiving of mail by inmates 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 inmate may correspond with any person who is on his/her negative correspondence list. No inmate 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. Inmates 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 inmate, or otherwise disposed of. Such will be the choice of the inmate and accomplished at the inmate’s expense. PLEASE NOTE: Dangerous contraband will not be returned.

      All mail sent to the inmate must be clearly marked with the inmate’s name and DIN. 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 inmate 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 inmate’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 inmate’s account. Please note that printed or photocopied materials may delay the inmate receiving the letter due to Media Review procedures. Again, postage stamps are not allowed.

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

    • Phyllis April 20, 2013 at 1:04 am #

      Is there a lot of walking? Can one use a walker there?

      • PrisonPath April 20, 2013 at 2:01 am #

        Hi Phyllis,

        As in any prison, there is some walking. we have seen elderly inmates use canes, but it is rare since a cane can be a weapon. However every prison is different. You should contact his case manager or the prison chaplain.

  3. laszlo Biro May 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    who is the supt. now ? i was there in 2009 for about 18 months give or take .Things were very bad just wondering how much things changed ….and if they did is it for the better or worst??? when i was there the supt. was an OK guy pretty fair. cant say much for the guards …still taking the state food and things coming up missing out of your package???
    my suggestion is to do your time and get the hell do your time don’t mess up i know first hand what happens there when you mess up. I’m not some soft guy ….the opposite is more like it and its better to go with the bullshit flow opposed to trying to do some dumb shit…ill end by saying this place is dangerous and i dont mean just the other inmates ….good luck

  4. lisa May 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    What days are visitation on

  5. joyce May 31, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    is there a way to check a person release date – to make sure they are still being release as planned

    • PrisonPath May 31, 2013 at 12:24 am #

      Hi Joyce,

      try this link.

  6. PrisonPath June 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    From Prisonpath:

    We have received numerous inquiries about family emergencies–Please note the following.

    GRAVE ILLNESS OR DEATH OF A FAMILY MEMBER

    One of the unfortunate realities that may occur during your loved one’s incarceration may be the grave illness or death of a family member.

    It is the family’s responsibility to notify the facility in the event of grave illness or death of an offender’s relative. All information related to the illness or death should be provided as soon as possible. You should notify the Chaplain or Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator if the event occurs during regular business hours. After hours, or on the weekend, contact the facility and ask for the Watch Commander.

    If a family member is gravely ill, you may want the offender to have a final visit with their loved one. If a family member passes away, you may want the offender to attend the viewing or the funeral. The approval for a Funeral or Death Bed Visit rests solely with the facility Superintendent. The only persons with whom the offender may visit for funeral or deathbed visits are: father, mother, legal guardian, or former legal guardian, child, brother, half-brother, sister, half-sister, spouse, grandparent, grandchild, ancestral uncle or ancestral aunt. All visitations of this type must be within New York State.

    The relationship between the offender and the deceased must be verified by Departmental records, and/ or by furnishing documents that clearly prove the relationship (i.e., birth certificates, obituary notice, marriage certificates). These documents must be provided in a timely fashion for a favorable decision to be considered.

    Please remember that final approval for an offender to attend the funeral or deathbed visit rests solely with the facility Superintendent. PLEASE NOTE: Deathbed visits may only occur at recognized healthcare facilities.

  7. Michelle July 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    I have been surfing websites in order to gather information regarding your facilities visitation and packages for inmates. I was unable to locate the answers I was looking for. So I called the facility to get some answers. The operator that took my call was so UNBELIEVABLY RUDE I did not get past my first question. Why?

    • PrisonPath July 12, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Hi Michelle,

      Please note below information about packages. For information about visitation and other issues, click this link
      For information about tips on surviving prison, click this link.

      PACKAGES

      This booklet was put together as a broad guideline. Each facility is different. For specific information, contact the facility in question. Generally speaking, offenders may receive a package through the mail or at a visit from anyone who is not on a negative correspondence or negative vendor list. A package which does not have a return address will not be delivered to the offender. For a complete understanding of packages, refer to Directive # 4911, Packages & Articles Sent or Brought to Facilities on the Department’s website, http://www.doccs.ny.gov.

      At most correctional facilities, offenders are allowed two food packages per month, and the combined weight can not exceed 35 pounds (see exceptions for TV facilities). Food packages received from both visitors, and through the mail, shall be included in the two-package limit. Food items must be commercially or hermetically sealed and contain no alcohol. For exceptions, please review the list of allowable items.

      Additional packages containing non-food items such as clothing, tobacco, etc. may be received by an offender and shall not be counted against the food package limit. Be advised, there are limits on the amount of personal property an offender may accumulate based on physical and/or programmatic considerations. There are also restrictions on color of clothing.

      Exceptions to the above package rules exist for offenders in Special Housing Units (SHU), offenders on “loss of package” sanctions, “reception”, or “in-transit” status, Shock, Drug Treatment Centers, CASAT, and Work Release Centers. For example, no packages may be received at any time by an offender in SHU except books, periodicals, and legal materials. For specific information about these special populations, contact the facility in question.

      Additionally, an offender who is located in a “TV Facility” may only receive 2 food packages per calendar year from family, friends, or other personal sources, as well as items ordered directly by the offender from approved vendors. These packages may only contain food items and may not exceed 20 pounds.

      • Michelle July 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

        Thank-you for your reply. The information was very helpful. But, it did not answer my question. Why did the operator who spoke to me have to be so incredibly rude? Are they allowed to treat the general public that way? I have been doing quite a bit of research on Gowanda which has left me less than comfortable with the place. He told me , quote,”Just show up.” That does not agree with what I have found on line regarding visitation. When I get there Saturday will I be turned away?

        • PrisonPath July 15, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

          hi Michelle,

          We can only recommend that you follow the rules about visitation as set forth in the New York State prison guide which is online. Unfortunately, your experience is not unusual. There are correctional officers who treat family and friends who are visiting inmates as inmates. You can write a complaint to the warden, but it is very hard to change a mind set.

  8. alice becker September 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    My nephew Wyatt J. Becker is in your facility. I would like to visit him. How do I find out about his visitation priviledges? What days and time can I visit? Can he receive packages? Can I drop money to him the day of visit? What forms of I.D. do I need? Is there accomodations for handicap parking? Thank you for any help and information that you can provide me. Wyatt is very special to me. I haven’t been able to see him due to my health.

    • PrisonPath September 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      hi Alice,

      for information about visitation, click this link..

      For information about prison life, click this link.

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