Downstate Correctional Facility
Administrator: Frank Tracy
Inmate Mailing Address:
Inmates may receive letters and photos (no polaroids are allowed do not send nude or sexually suggestive photos). Click here to read the directive on sending packages to an inmate. When sending correspondence be sure to include the inmates name and ID number as the mailing address above shows. Be sure you do not mark the envelope or letter in any way, lipstick, perfume, crayon art, stickers, drawings or markings of any kind will result in the correspondence being returned. DO NOT SEND STAMPS OR BLANK PAPER. Inmates can receive no more then 5 pages at a time through the mail. Do not send a letter from someone else, with the exception of a letter from a child. Inmates may also receive New paperback books, magazines, newspapers or other printed matter mailed directly from Amazon.com (Be sure to include the inmate name and ID number and send to the inmate mailing address above).
Family and friends may send money to an inmate by United States Postal Money Order. The money order must be made payable to the inmates full committed name and DIN. Send completed legible money order to the inmate mailing address above.
For more information on sending funds to an inmate in a New York penitentiary read the family guide for inmate accounts here.
The New York department of correction encourages friends and family members of inmates who demonstrate a positive influence to communicate and visit with an inmate. This can help the inmate in the rehabilitation process, and eventually with his or her reintegration back into society.
Be sure to bring a valid state ID, such as a drivers license or you will not be admitted to visitation. Up to 3 visitors at a time are allowed. Vending machines for snacks and drinks are available to you during visitation so remember to bring small bills or change to make a purchase for you and your inmate. Visitation is in a general purpose room, not behind glass or anything. Visitors are prohibited from engaging in any conversation etc with other visitors or inmates other then the one you are their to visit.
You should always contact the facility for the specific visiting schedule prior to visiting.
Generally visitation begins at 7:30 am and ends at 3:00 pm, but you will not be admitted to visitation if you arrive 2:30pm or later. Some may even include evening hours. Many visiting rooms become very crowded and often visitors are required to end visitation early as there are others waiting to get in.
Contact the facility prior to your initial visit to determine the visiting policy.
Visiting Hours are as follows:
Visitation is 8:30am-3:15pm every day, 7 days a week. New commitments require two weeks before they can receive visitation. This facility requests that you contact them by phone between 1pm-5pm 24 hours prior to visiting to ensure the inmate is still housed there and not being transferred.
To read the New York inmate visitation guidelines click here.
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