The Training School for Girls: Punishment or Protection?

The Training School for Girls: Punishment or Protection?

In November 1905, Minnie B. Wade, a parole agent for the newly established New York State Training School for Girls located in Hudson, NY, addressed participants at the Sixth Annual New York State Conference of Charities and Corrections, held in New York City. What follows are excerpts* from the fascinating discussion that followed Wade’s presentation…

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Happy Childhood, Broken Homes

Happy Childhood, Broken Homes

In an interview with oral historian Suzanne Snider on September 7th, 2011, Karen DePyster talks about her own childhood, why she chose to work at the Training School, and her early memories and impressions of the school and the girls incarcerated there, who were at the time just a few years younger than Karen was.

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"The Dungeons Are Damp and Cold..."

"The Dungeons Are Damp and Cold..."

A Board of Managers comprised of prominent citizens from throughout the State appointed by the Governor controlled the New York State House of Refuge for Women. Every year, the Board of Managers was responsible for filing an Annual Report to the New York State Legislature covering key events, conditions, and pressing issues.

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Why Is It Important To "Remember"?

Why Is It Important To "Remember"?

Mary Allen was interviewed and photographed by Suzanne Snider on June 2, 2011. In the 1970′s, Mary worked at the New York State Training School for Girls in Hudson as well as at the Brookwood Annex in Claverack, the off-site 'maximum security disciplinary cottage’ for the Training School. Here, Mary answers the question "Why is it important to 'remember' (the prison)"?

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Hudson Correctional Facility, 1976 – Present

Hudson Correctional Facility, 1976 – Present

A year after the New York State Training School for Girls at Hudson was closed, the Hudson Correctional Facility took its place. Opened in October 1976 as a minimum-security (and later medium-security) prison for young adult men under the custody of the New York State Department of Correctional Services and Community Supervision...

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New York State Training School for Girls, 1904 – 1975

New York State Training School for Girls, 1904 – 1975

In 1904, when the New York House of Refuge for Women in Hudson, NY closed, the New York State Training School for Girls took its place to establish a separate place of confinement for “incorrigible” girls between the ages of 12 and 15 who had previously been housed with boys on Randall’s Island in New York City or at the State Industrial School in Rochester.

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