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Old 10-26-2004, 07:34 PM
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Franklin Correctional Facility
P. O. Box 10
Malone, New York 12953

(518) 483-6040

(Franklin County)

Medium Male


Visiting Rules: No excessive displays of affection; if you request an outdoor visit, you lose your table inside; if you sign in (on a Saturday) within the first 15 visitors, chances are your visit may be terminated early to allow for more, you can bring in decks of cards, i.d, money (the change machine hardly ever works), pictures, paper, one pen (non retractable) - whatever you bring in, you have to bring out

Visiting Room: there are at least 35 tables, you need prior authorization for more than 4 visitors; there are 2 food vending machines, 2 soda machine & snack machine (you have to purchase wood blocks for your pictures in this machine - 5 max), there are 3 microwaves; there is also a kids corner w/ some toys, a tv & vcr


Holiday Inn Express
MALONE, NY, 12953
(518) 483-1210
$85 a night and up

227 W. Main St.
Malone, NY 12953
(518) 483-0500

$70 a night and up

Super 8 Motel
42 Finney Blvd. Jons Plaza
Corner Route 11 / 30 / 37
Malone, NY 12953-1708
$67-$109 per night

Malone Gateway Motel
14413 State Route 30
Malone NY 12953
518-483-4200 ; 1-800-551-0611 (Reservations only)
$60 per night ($10 per additional person)

Four Seasons Motel
236 W. Main Street
Malone, NY 12953
Call 518-483-3490 or toll-free at 1-877-299-3448

Sunset Motel
3899 State Route 11, Malone, NY 12953-3725
(518) 483-3367

FRP available: NO

Number of prisoners:Opened: 1986, Capacity: 1930 male (A), Adult Correctional Institutions, Employees: 557, Cost of care: $45.49 per day

If you have any additional information, please post your information in the NYS UPDATE thread

Leader in innovative programing

Franklin Correctional Facility
Prison names are sometimes literally etched in stone, above irongated entrances in gray granite walls. Not at Franklin. The name of this facility is written in orange and yellow marigolds. The floral signature is spread across the front of a green lawn adjacent to a botanical garden with brick walkways, a paved courtyard with wooden benches and tables, a latticework fence and archway, and a bridge over a mock stream bed filled with rocks and flowers.

There is even a large boulder, where a plaque might be mounted if this were a memorial garden in the outside world. But this is not a memorial. It is a model, built and maintained as an ongoing instructional project by horticultural students who may someday, after their release from prison, find jobs in public parks. Similarly, the green behind the marigold lettering is not for putting practice; it is used to teach the techniques of greens- keeping to inmates who may want to seek employment in the expanding golf course maintenance industry.

Beyond their vocational education value, the garden and putting green serve to bring beauty, character and individuality to the Franklin prison, which otherwise is physically indistinguishable from a dozen or so medium-security institutions built in New York in the 1980's.

A prison town springs up

Franklin opened 15 years ago. Its placement in the northern town of Malone, 10 miles from the Canadian border, had been strenuously and doggedly pursued by the community. Once known as the "Star of the North" because it was a railroad junction and regional shopping magnet, Malone had lost its Sears and J.J. Newberry stores, its factories had shut down or downsized and its dairy farms were collapsing. The per capita income of Franklin County in 1983 was $7,722, ranking it 60th among New York's 63 counties. The town and county sorely needed employment opportunities, and a prison would deliver several hundred jobs.

The state heeded Malone's call. To keep up with a prison census that had been skyrocketing ever since the passage of the Rockefeller drug laws in 1973, the 1985 state Legislature authorized the construction of over 10,000 new prison beds. Five hundred of those new beds would be placed in Malone. Before ground was broken, the plan was altered to increase the size of the new prison to 750 beds. It opened in August, 1986, adding almost 300 jobs to the local economy.

But this was just the beginning.

Through the late 1980's, the state prison census continued to climb, accumulating almost 4,000 more inmates each year DOCS built new facilities and packed more inmates into existing ones. By one means or another, Franklin increased its capacity by nearly 1,000 beds in less than five years.

Two years after Franklin opened, the state built Bare Hill, an- other medium-security prison, a quarter-mile away. Bare Hill's growth mimicked Franklin's, going from 750 to over 1,700 beds by 1991. Still later, in 1999, the 1,500-bed, maximum- security Upstate opened adjacent to Bare Hill. And in addition to state activity, Franklin County opened a new 85-bed county jail in 1994. The jail is directly across the road from Franklin.

Excluding the relatively small county jail, the correctional building spree brought over 1,600 civil service jobs to the community. Ripple effects - the redistribution of an annual payroll of about $67 million - enabled the opening of new businesses: a new gas station and mini-mart at the new traffic light on Bare Hill Road, a furniture assembly plant and a textile firm, new and expanded pharmacies, discount stores and fast-food outlets. Additionally, the local public golf course doubled to 36 holes.

Malone's first prison

In late September of 1985, ground was broken on a 200-acre plot on a windswept, pine-dotted plain near the Salmon River. Construction proceeded quickly and continued through the harsh winter Next summer, the contractors were joined by an inmate crew from Camp Gabriels, a minimum-security DOCS facility located some 36 miles away, who assisted with painting and maintenance chores and otherwise helped to ready the site for occupancy. Peter Lacy, an assistant commissioner in the Albany office, was appointed Superintendent of the new facility. Two hundred forty-five uniformed staff transferred from Clinton and other institutions, but many of the 143 program and support staff were new hires from the community.

Twenty-three buildings were erected inside a perimeter fence enclosing 52 acres. Architecturally, Franklin is identical to a dozen or so other medium-security institutions that opened in the 1980's and early '90's, all built to the same "prototype" or "cookie cutter" design and specifications - one story, red brick with light gray roofing - grouped in standard configurations.

The Franklin prison included seven housing units arranged around a grassy court. Each is walled down the middle to make two military-style barracks or dormitories with separate entrances, day-rooms and offices. Each of the 14 dorms contained 50 beds in cubicles with chest-high partitions for a total of 700 general confinement inmates.

The prison also had an infirmary with 18 beds and a 32-cell disciplinary housing unit. Nonresidential buildings included a gymnasium, a visitors' building, a kitchen and mess hall, a glass-domed horticulture building, a combination laundry/commissary building and a school building for the academic education and vocational training programs. These structures were enclosed by two rows of wire fencing topped with coiled blades of barbed razor ribbon, reinforced by microwave sensors and an array of cameras. An administration building, water tower, power plant and other out-buildings were erected beyond the fence.

On August 22, 1986, a bus with 30 inmates pulled up to the not-quite-finished institution. That same day, a truck arrived with their beds, which the inmates unloaded and set up in the dorms before nightfall. Many standard items had not been delivered. For several weeks, inmates improvised recreation equipment, and staff made do without desks and file cabinets. Fortunately, approval to open the kitchen was received from inspectors that very morning and it was not necessary to go ahead with an emergency plan for delivery of meals from Camp Gabriels.

Of the first 700 inmates received, 650 were transfers from Clinton and other maximum-security prisons. For some, the sudden switch from barred cells to open dormitories was difficult, and a series of minor scuffles marred Franklin's first days.

Since those first hectic days, however, and despite the frantic growth which the facility was to experience in the next five years, Franklin has operated smoothly. in 15 years, programming has been interrupted only once, when a lockdown was imposed after a 1997 fight in the yard.

The growth spurt

The entire careers of most DOCS employees have been dominated by the single, overriding theme of population growth and capacity expansion. Franklin's early history illustrates that theme.

Construction was completed in less than a year. Franklin's 750 beds were filled in less than a month. Almost immediately, four additional beds were place in each of the 14 dormitory sides, raising the capacity to 806.

Meanwhile, commitments to state prisons continued to exceed releases. To meet the emergency, the gymnasiums at several facilities were converted to temporary housing units. Franklin's gym floor was covered with plywood, the music room was converted to a kitchen and the barber shop was appropriated as a second dayroom for TV viewing. The former gym became a giant 200-bed barracks. For indoor recreation, an air-supported tent structure - known as the "bubble" - was erected.

The inmates kept coming. in early 1990, unable to keep pace despite building Bare Hill and other prototype prisons, DOCS formulated a proposal to expand system capacity by double-bunking at selected facilities. Each of Franklin's 14 housing units, designed for 50 men, now slept 90. The facility held a total of 1,510 inmates.

Four months later, in July, 1990, contractors broke ground for an "annex" on a 23-acre rectangle of land on the south side of the prison. Seven housing units, identical to the units on the "main" campus, were arranged - exactly like those on the main in a quadrangle around a central court. In the center of the annex quadrangle, however, there are two additional buildings, on the same design as the housing units. One is used as a second school building while the other is used as a correctional Industries garment manufacture shop. Like the main, the annex also has its own recreation yard with two softball fields.

The project was rushed to completion and was ready for inmate occupancy in just seven months. With the opening of the annex, double-bunking was scaled back from 90 to a more manageable 60 men in each of the 28 dorms. With the 50 SHU and infirmary beds, the facility now houses a grand total of 1,730 inmates.

With double-bunking, Franklin was able to remove the beds from the gymnasium. For the next few years, the bubble was used as a supplementary gym, a necessity with the increase in population. After the bubble blew down severe windstorm, a brand new gym, on site of the bubble and using the original bubble floor, was built and opened Thanksgiving Day in 1999.

Inmate programming

It was not enough merely to house a feed the extra 1,000 inmates who eventually inhabited Franklin. It was also necessary to occupy them in a program of legitimate and purposeful activity.

To stretch the capability of work, educational, therapeutic and recreation facilities designed for a smaller population, Franklin was the first DOCS facility to go to a four module program day. Traditionally, DOC institutions scheduled activities in three modules, typically consisting of a morning work assignment, an afternoon class period and an evening module free for recreation Under this arrangement, most program staff worked days, while classrooms and vocational shops were unused in the evenings.

With excellent cooperation from staff and their unions, Franklin reworked the schedule to include four modules, each three hours long. Program staff are now on two shifts, some working the first two modules of the day and some reporting for the last two, so that they share the limited classrooms, shop and meeting rooms, effectively doubling program space. Inmates divide work, education, therapeutic sessions and recreation among the four periods with no loss of program or free time.

Approximately 700 inmates are assigned to school, most for just one module. Another 700 inmates are enrolled, usually for one module, in one of the prison's 10 vocational training programs. Thirty inmates participate in a daily module of Aggression Replacement Training (ART), while 120 at a time are enrolled in the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Treatment (ASAT) program. One hundred twenty inmates are employed in the correctional industries garment manufacturing shop, and over 1,000 are assigned to at least one module of institution work in the kitchen, laundry, maintenance, grounds-keeping, offices or assisting program staff in paraprofessional duties.

Serendipitously, the new procedure also was responsive to security concerns, reducing congestion in the yards and gym by diverting inmates to classes and counseling sessions.

The four-module day pioneered at Franklin has since been adopted at many other DOCS institutions.

Corcraft program

Franklin is one of the few medium-security facilities in which Industries operates. The Division of Industries, known by the trade name "Corcraft," is DOCS' manufacturing division. Inmates employed in the Corcraft program manufacture goods for sale to state and local governments. Corcraft's best known product is license plates, manufactured at Auburn and sold to the state Departrnent of Motor Vehicles. Other correctional industries' products include office furniture and garments for use in hospitals, youth facilities and state and county correctional institutions, including DOCS. Inmate greens, for example, which would otherwise be purchased from outside at a higher price, are manufactured at Clinton and "sold" to the Department.

In 1996, Corcraft won the contract for Correction Officers' uniforms. Because the garment shop at Clinton was already operating at capacity, it was decided to open a "branch" at Franklin, 45 miles away.

In addition to increasing overall shop capacity, the Franklin branch permits programming continuity for Clinton shop workers after they are approved for medium-security placement. Transferred Clinton workers also tend to bring a mature approach to their duties which serves as an example to newly assigned inmates.

Operations commenced in November, 1996 in one of the program buildings in the annex. To prevent theft of raw materials or finished goods, security doors and windows were installed along with cameras and other surveillance technology. In addition, an Officer is assigned to the shop on each of the two shifts.

Initially, one shift of 60 inmates was assigned to the garment shop. In 1998, a second 60-inmate shift was added. Inmates are instructed and managed by three Industrial Training Supervisors. The shop is equipped with modern sewing machinery to ensure production values (speed and quality) as well as to maximize the program's value as training for post-release employment.


Since 1990, Franklin has served as the recycling center for DOCS northeastern facilities. All recyclables (cardboard, cans, plastic and aluminum) from the eight facilities in the Clinton hub are delivered to Franklin. There, collected materials are inspected for cleanliness, packaged in 600-900 pound bails and shipped to vendors for resale. Through the efforts of Franklin's staff and inmates, approximately 42,000 pounds per month of contamination-free materials are diverted from area landfills and sold for reuse.

Franklin's recycling program is not only responsive to environmental concerns. It is also fiscally responsible, avoiding more than $30,000 annually in hauling and landfill fees formerly charged to the state's taxpayers. The strenuous work in a factory or paper-mill atmosphere of bailers, forklifts and other heavy machinery also serves a vocational training function for participating inmates.

For the last eight years, Franklin has also composted food scraps from the Malone prisons and from Chateaugay with an annual cost avoidance in excess of $105,000.

Community activity when the town of Malone welcomed the establishment of a new prison 15 years ago, it gained needed jobs (560 men and women are employed at Franklin today). It also gained 560 good neighbors.

The institution is a productive participant in DOCS gleaning program, through which the Department cooperates with community volunteers to supply food to needy families throughout New York state. Working with seeds and equipment provided by ComLinks, Franklin County's community action agency, inmates on their free time sow and harvest vegetables for distribution to the hungry. Last growing season, the facility's one and one-half acre garden yielded 18,000 pounds of zucchini, squash, carrots, tomatoes, beans and cucumbers.

The residents of Malone and Franklin will not soon forget the lifesaving response of Franklin and neighboring facilities during the deadly ice storm of 1998 which devastated northern New York and portions of Canada. With power lines down and roads impassable, thousands of families were without food and heat. Franklin opened its visitors' processing center and QWL building to house stranded senior citizens. Food service staff fed local shelters. Staff and inmates opened roads, moved emergency supplies, set up shelters and worked to maintain utilities.

The generous spirit of Franklin's employees is manifested daily in fund drives, blood donations and participation in local government and community service organizations. Most recently, Franklin and Upstate employees teamed to "Make a Difference" by hosting a dinner dance for 192 seniors at the Malone Knights of Columbus Hall. Staff served as cooks, waiters and waitresses, dishwashers and cleaners, bingo callers and dance partners and distributed door prizes (donated by local businesses) including a TV, a VCR, tools, slippers, clocks, binoculars, gift certificates and savings bonds.
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This just started at Franklin-when you send a package, it must be from your home address. If it's from Staples, Netgrocer or drugstore.com, or any company such as that, it will be returned to you. Just another thing to make mailing harder. I had a food package that I sent UPS from Staples come back, because when they print out the mailing label, it says Staples on it. A note was attached saying that if your name and address is not on the label and its from a company, it will be refused at the facility and returned.
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PTO and its Administrators do not endorse, recommend, research & review, nor guarantee any transportation services that appear on this site.

Members should be aware that they use these transportation services at their own risk. Members are responsible for ensuring that the operator is insured and the vehicle is roadworthy and legal.

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Operation Prison Gap: Buses board every Friday night at 9:30pm for Saturday morning visits and every Saturday night at 10:30pm for Sunday morning visits. Buses depart from 58th Street and Broadway. Round trip adult fare is $55; children 4-12 (or any child under 4 years old that occupies a seat) is $25. For information and reservations contact 718-328-0291.

Flamboyant: Buses board every Friday night at 9pm for Saturday morning visits and every Saturday night at 10pm for Sunday morning visits. All buses depart from East 161st St and Grand Concourse (near Supreme Court). Adult fare is $55; children 3-10 years old is $25. For information and reservations call 718-696-8147

Angelic Tours and Shuttles: Departs on Fridays for Saturday visits. Depart from harlem State Building (125th st and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd) Departs at 11:30pm promptly. Cost is $50 for ages 12 and up; $30 for ages 4-11; under 3 years old ride free on an adult lap. Call 917-312-5019 for info.

On Time: Leaves from corners of 46th and 47th street and 8th ave in NYC at Carve Pizza Shop. $50 round trip for age 5 and up; $25 for ages 1-5 with shuttle and pickup available. Call toll free 877-341-5768.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Adirondack Trailways 800-858-8555 (drops off at Four Seasons Motel)

If you are interested in carpooling, visit the Transportation to Clinton HUB Thread.

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