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, Hudson Correctional Facility is used for the general confinement of males 16 years of age and older, work release, and since 2009 as the Re-Entry Services center for people leaving prison and returning to live and work in the Capitol Region of New York (Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, and Schenectady).
The principal objectives of the Re-Entry Services Program are to provide people in prison having 90 to 120 days left to serve with an opportunity to finalize their release plans, to work toward family and community reintegration, and to strive for an orderly transition back into society. In addition, participants in the program are prepared by representatives from both public and private sectors to make use of those resources upon release. To be eligible for placement in Hudson Correctional Facility’s work release component a person in prison must be statutorily eligible for temporary release: within 24 months of parole eligibility; conditional release, or maximum expiration of sentence; never convicted of absconding or escape offenses; no outstanding warrants; and be physically, mentally and emotionally capable of seeking and maintaining steady, gainful employment. Housing units at Hudson Correctional Facility consist of dormitories, single rooms and multiple occupancy rooms.
Photo: Aerial image of Hudson Correctional Facility, Hudson, NY. Courtesy of Google Earth imaging services.