Visit NY State Prisoners

There are seven long-term political prisoners and prisoners of war held in NY state.  These prisons are accessible from NYC on a day or overnight trip.  The following information may assist people who would like to visit these prisoners.

It is always a good idea to write to the prisoner beforehand and let them know you would like to visit and when you would like to come keeping in mind it may take a while for that letter to reach them and you should allow enough time for them to reply to you.  If you would like to send money to any of these prisoners for stamps or food to supplement their diets, you can send a money order directly to them like a letter, except for Abdul and Maliki.  If you plan to go with others, make sure you know how many visitors may visit at one time at that facility. Sometimes special arrangements for extra visitors can be made through the Superintendent with several weeks or a month’s notice.  Verify that the prisoners are still at the locations below using the NY DOC online locator before you plan your trip.

On the day of the visit, you merely have to bring a state-issued ID to enter the prison.  See the NY State Family Guide for info including dress code.  You will need to pass through a metal detector and an ion detector looking for residue of controlled substances before entering the visiting room.

Specific transportation suggestions are available in the descriptions below the prisoners, but generally the options are: The Department of Correctional Services operates a free bus service for family members. The prisoner must apply for family members to use this service by filling out a “Family Visitor Program Application,” which is available from either the Chaplain or the Guidance office and takes 3-12 months to process. Besides the free service, a number of organizations operate buses for a fee.  The Victory Bus Project is a movement-based service and is also typically the least expensive.  Other services include Prison Gap 800-734-3733, Flamboyant 718-325-6874, and B.U.V.S. 917-447-2310 (English); 646-234-4621 (Spanish).

Herman Bell
Send mail to: #79-C-0262, Great Meadow Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 51, Comstock, NY 12821-0051
Address for driving directions: 11739 State Route 22, Comstock

Herman is held in Great Meadow, approximately 3.5 hours from NYC.  Visiting hours are 9-3 every day but the weekend visiting days alternate by last name if you have a NY state ID.  Call Great Meadow to check whether it will be Saturday or Sunday on the week you want to go.  Check in with his support crew by emailing freehermanbell[at]gmail[dot]com before you go.

David Gilbert
Send mail to: #83-A-6158, P.O. Box 618, Auburn, NY 13021
Address for driving directions: 135 State Street, Auburn

David is held in Auburn, approximately 4.5 hours from NYC.  Visiting hours are 9-3 on weekdays and for people with a NY state ID, weekend visiting days alternate based on the last name of the person you are visiting.  Call Auburn to check whether it will be Saturday or Sunday on the week you want to go.  They might be more strict on dress code at this facility.

Robert “Seth” Hayes
Send mail to: #74-A-2280, Sullivan CF, P.O. Box 116, Fallsburg, NY 12733-0116
Address for driving directions: 325 Riverside Drive, Fallsburg

Seth is held at Sullivan, approximately 2 hours from NYC.  Visiting hours are 9-3 every day, and he can only have 6 visitors on weekdays and 3 on Saturday and Sunday.  A child over 5 is considered a visitor.  He can receive 35 lbs of food each month, and typically this is filled by his supporters each month.  If you would like to visit Seth, please contact us or NYC Jericho to confirm that he will not have other visitors on that date and see if there are any food items that you could bring.  As of December 2014, the vending machines in the visiting room accept cash.  Be sure to bring smaller bills or change.  The metal detector is very sensitive so leave all metal at home, in your car, or there are lockers available.

Maliki Shakur Latine
Send mail to: #81-A-4469, Clinton CF, P.O. Box 2000, Dannemora, NY 12929
Address for driving directions: 1156 Route 374, Dannemora

Maliki is held in Clinton, approximately 5.5 hours from NYC.  Visiting hours are Monday – Friday 8:30-2:30 and 8-3pm on weekends.  Contact NYC Jericho (nycjericho[at]gmail[dot]com) to see about carpooling or use the Prison Gap or Manny’s bus services.  The main difference with visiting Clinton is that they require you to provide your own padlock for a lockers in the visitor’s center if you have anything that you are not able to bring into the visit (such as keys or a cell phone).

Abdul Magid
Send mail to: #83-A-0483, Five Points CF, 6600 State Route 96, Caller Box 400, Romulus, NY 14541
Address for driving directions: 6600 State Route 96, Romulus

Abdul is held in Five Points, approximately 4.5 hours from NYC.  Visiting hours are every day from 9-3.

Jalil Muntaqim
Send mail to: (Anthony Bottom) #77-A-4283, Attica CF, P.O. Box 149, Attica, NY 14011-0149
Address for driving directions: 639 Exchange St., Attica

Jalil is held in Attica, approximately 6 hours from NYC.  Visiting hours are 9-3 every day, but if he has already had more than two visits during the week he cannot have any on the weekend.  They might be more strict on dress code at this facility.

Rev. Joy Powell
Send mail to: #07G0632, Bedford Hills CF, P.O. Box 1000, Bedford Hills, NY 10507-2499
Address for driving directions: 247 Harris Rd., Bedford Hills

Joy is held at Bedford Hills, which is the closest of all of the NY-state political prisoners at about 1.5 hours from NYC with about a 20-minute walk from the Metro North stop.  To get there, take the Metro North Harlem Line from Grand Central Station heading to Southeast.  Get off at the Bedford Hills stop.  Walk northeast on Adams street for about 20 minutes then take a right on Harris Rd.  The one-way fare is about $12-15 depending on what time you go.  Joy can get a food package every month, but the food has to say refrigerate only (no frozen) and has to be vacuum sealed not just hermetically sealed.  On weekends, visitors with a NY state ID must visit on only one of the days depending on the last name of the person you are visiting.  Call Bedford Hills to find out which day it will be on the weekend you want to go.

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