• Malone, New York, was founded in 1805, and sacked in the War of 1812 by British and Canadian troops.  Many churches – Roman Catholic, Methodist, Evangelical and Jehovah’s Witnesses – dot Malone’s landscape.

    Malone, New York, was founded in 1805, and sacked in the War of 1812 by British and Canadian troops. Many churches – Roman Catholic, Methodist, Evangelical and Jehovah’s Witnesses – dot Malone’s landscape.

  • One of the area’s main employers is the state correctional system, which maintains three state prison facilities and a local jail about a mile outside of town…

    One of the area’s main employers is the state correctional system, which maintains three state prison facilities and a local jail about a mile outside of town…

  • … past a 150-year-old roadside cemetery.

    … past a 150-year-old roadside cemetery.

  • Bare Hill and Franklin Correctional Facilities flank the road that leads to Upstate Correctional Facility, an extreme-isolation prison that houses nearly 1,300 men.   In all, roughly 4,500 prisoners live in facilities near Malone.

    Bare Hill and Franklin Correctional Facilities flank the road that leads to Upstate Correctional Facility, an extreme-isolation prison that houses nearly 1,300 men. In all, roughly 4,500 prisoners live in facilities near Malone.

  • At Upstate, men are confined two to a cell for 23 hours a day with an hour of ”recreation,” in cement and wire-mesh cages many describe as human kennels.

    At Upstate, men are confined two to a cell for 23 hours a day with an hour of ”recreation,” in cement and wire-mesh cages many describe as human kennels.

  • Upstate’s grounds are ringed with razor-wire and multiple fences, despite the fact that the facility holds men in near-total isolation.

    Upstate’s grounds are ringed with razor-wire and multiple fences, despite the fact that the facility holds men in near-total isolation.

  • “We have laws on the books against cattle being confined,” one former DOCCS staffer said.  “The Department of Agriculture watches out for that type of abuse …”

    “We have laws on the books against cattle being confined,” one former DOCCS staffer said. “The Department of Agriculture watches out for that type of abuse …”

  • “Yet when it comes to human beings, we are keeping them in cages that wouldn’t be fit for our cows. It doesn’t take half a brain to realize, we’re not going to get a good product out of this.”

    “Yet when it comes to human beings, we are keeping them in cages that wouldn’t be fit for our cows. It doesn’t take half a brain to realize, we’re not going to get a good product out of this.”

  • Of 4,500 men in isolation in New York, roughly 2,000 will be released directly to the street, without any rehabilitation, transitional programming or support to permit a successful return to society.  

New York’s reliance on isolated confinement is arbitrary, unjustified and harms prisoners and corrections staff.  It violates international standards of human rights – and the conscience of all thoughtful New Yorkers.  

New York must end its dependence on extreme isolation, and adopt smart and effective corrections practices that reaffirm our commitment to respecting basic human dignity.

    Of 4,500 men in isolation in New York, roughly 2,000 will be released directly to the street, without any rehabilitation, transitional programming or support to permit a successful return to society. New York’s reliance on isolated confinement is arbitrary, unjustified and harms prisoners and corrections staff. It violates international standards of human rights – and the conscience of all thoughtful New Yorkers. New York must end its dependence on extreme isolation, and adopt smart and effective corrections practices that reaffirm our commitment to respecting basic human dignity.

  • Franklin County, which includes Malone, counts 51,551 residents, according to 2010 Census data, of whom 14.4 percent live below the poverty line; per-capita annual income is $19,807. Only 57 new building permits were issued county-wide in 2011. In Malone, many homes appear derelict or abandoned…

    Franklin County, which includes Malone, counts 51,551 residents, according to 2010 Census data, of whom 14.4 percent live below the poverty line; per-capita annual income is $19,807. Only 57 new building permits were issued county-wide in 2011. In Malone, many homes appear derelict or abandoned…

  • … but a closer look shows that people are living in broken and overgrown structures.

    … but a closer look shows that people are living in broken and overgrown structures.

  • Sited north of the Adirondacks and minutes from the border …

    Sited north of the Adirondacks and minutes from the border …

  • … Malone businesses welcome visitors from Canada.

    … Malone businesses welcome visitors from Canada.

  • The countryside’s lush fields and pastures were celebrated in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farm Boy, a novel about her husband’s boyhood farm outside Malone.

    The countryside’s lush fields and pastures were celebrated in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Farm Boy, a novel about her husband’s boyhood farm outside Malone.

  • Malone honors its history with immaculate restorations of original properties, like the town’s first stone house, built in 1830 …

    Malone honors its history with immaculate restorations of original properties, like the town’s first stone house, built in 1830 …

  • … but other pre-Civil War structures  are both blighted and abandoned …

    … but other pre-Civil War structures are both blighted and abandoned …

  • …plastered with ‘warning’ signs…

    …plastered with ‘warning’ signs…

  • …or simply left to the elements.

    …or simply left to the elements.

  • At the center of town, a commemorative statue marks two centuries of service and sacrifice…

    At the center of town, a commemorative statue marks two centuries of service and sacrifice…

  • …but across from that statue, derelict buildings stand boarded up and vacant.

    …but across from that statue, derelict buildings stand boarded up and vacant.

  • Whole blocks await tenants, with little sign of development or renovation…

    Whole blocks await tenants, with little sign of development or renovation…

  • … their plate-glass windows layered in dust and grime from the steady flow of traffic on Route 11 …

    … their plate-glass windows layered in dust and grime from the steady flow of traffic on Route 11 …

  • …while across the street, local businesses continue to serve Malone residents…

    …while across the street, local businesses continue to serve Malone residents…

  • … in buildings that show signs of erosion and wear.

    … in buildings that show signs of erosion and wear.

Visit Malone

Visit the corrections town of Malone through a collection of photos. Malone is home to three state prisons, including Upstate Correctional Facility, a dedicated extreme isolation prison that houses 1,300 men.

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