Our unique partnership with the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is the heart of Hudson Link’s college programs. As the only non-profit agency in the United States founded and staffed by formerly incarcerated people, Hudson Link has forged a strong bond with DOCCS administration and staff which enables our college degree programs to flourish and reach a growing number of students in the New York State correctional system.
We forge strong relationships with correctional facilities throughout New York State. Click on any tab to read more.
Greene Correctional Facility
In January 2014 Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison expanded its college programs and now sponsors an Associate’s in Liberal Arts Degree Track through Siena College at Greene Correctional Facility.
Greene Correctional Facility is a medium-security men’s prison with a population of approximately 1,600 in Coxsackie, NY, about 30 minutes south of Albany. This partnership expands Hudson Link’s reach further upstate than ever before. Additionally, approximately 50% of Greene’s population is under 21; Hudson Link has traditionally worked with older populations, so this is an exciting opportunity to impact a younger population.
Greene offers a wide variety of programs to the population there, including a range of vocational programs, such a masonry, electrical, and horticulture. They also offer Adult Basic Education (ABE), Pre-GED, and GED courses. Greene is one of the only facilities in New York that offers the New York State Plus program, an advanced GED program designed to prepare students for college-level work.
Hudson Link sponsors Pre-College and College programs for a group of approximately 50 students at Greene, partnering with Siena College. Admission to the program is competitive and highly sought after within the facility.
Fishkill Correctional Facility
Hudson Link and Fishkill Correctional Facility are working together to sponsor a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management.
Fishkill Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York is a medium security prison for men operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). Fishkill, located 70 miles north of New York City, was constructed in 1896 and began as the Matteawan State Hospital for the criminally insane.
Today, Fishkill houses approximately 1800 inmates, operates as the Regional Medical Unit for southern New York’s prisons and offers a wide-range of educational programs including Pre-General Equivalency Diploma (Pre-GED), General Equivalency Diploma (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL) and the only Commercial Arts Program in a New York State prison. Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison sponsors a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management through Nyack College at the Fishkill Correctional Facility.
Fishkill is one of 6 correctional facilities running a Puppies Behind Bars program where prison inmates raise puppies to be guide dogs for the blind, disabled children and adults and fully-trained service dogs for wounded soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Correctional Industries (Corcraft) program is also run at Fishkill. Inmates manufacture beds, chairs and computer furniture for sale to state and local governments. They also fabricate to-order heavy gauge specialty items such as security doors and windows for correctional and psychiatric institutions.
Shawangunk Correctional Facility
In October 2016, Hudson Link partnered with SUNY Ulster and launched an associate’s degree granting program in Shawangunk Correctional Facility. The maximum security facility, which houses 558 men, was originally built in 1983 near the existing Wallkill Correctional Facility, a medium security prison. The co-location was designed so that services by both facilities could be shared, reducing the costs of each prison.
The current facility was constructed in 1985 and is located in the Town of Shawangunk, right outside Wallkill, NY. Inmates are offered occupational training in the category of building maintenance with specialized training in carpentry, electricity and plumbing.
Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Sing Sing and Hudson Link have joined forces to sponsor an Associate and Bachelor’s degree in Behavior Science.
Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York is a maximum security prison for men operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). The facility houses approximately 1,750 inmates. Sing Sing is the second oldest prison in New York State, and is located about 30 miles north of New York City on the bank of the Hudson River.
Volunteers are an integral part of programming at Sing Sing, approximately 1,000 volunteers enter the prison annually to help facilitate educational, music and religious programs. DOCCS policy mandates that inmates who do not have a GED earn one while incarcerated in a New York State correctional facility. To help inmates obtain their GED, Sing Sing offers classes in Pre-General Equivalency Diploma (Pre-GED), General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Sing Sing is the only correctional facility in New York State to offer Associate, Bachelor and Master’s degree programs. Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison sponsors an Associate and Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science through Mercy College and the New York Theological Seminary sponsors a Master’s degree in Professional Studies.
Sullivan Correctional Facility
Hudson Link has partnered with Sullivan Correctional Facility and is sponsoring an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts.
In September 2011 Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison expanded its college programs and now sponsors an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts through SUNY Sullivan Community College at the Sullivan Correctional Facility.
Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York is a maximum security prison for men operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). Sullivan’s maximum security area incarcerates approximately 600 inmates and its minimum security annex has a population of approximately 220 inmates. The prison is located on an 850 acre stretch of land that also contains Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison. It was built on a sharp upslope overlooking the Neversink River valley.
Sullivan has many programs for inmates with special needs including a Behavioral Health Unit, a Special Needs Unit, an Intermediate Care Program and a Sensorial Disabled Unit (SDU). The SDU has a Resource Room that enables inmates with visual or hearing impairments to participate in academic work.
Taconic Correctional Facility
Hudson Link has partnered with Taconic Correctional Facility to sponsor Pre-College and College Classes in General Education.
Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York is a medium security prison for women operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). In 1901 it opened as the New York State Reformatory for Women between the ages of 15 and 30 and in 1926 the Department of Corrections took over the reformatory and eventually converted it to a medium security prison.
Taconic offers a range of educational programs to help inmates obtain their GED while incarcerated including classes in Pre-General Equivalency Diploma (Pre-GED), General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison sponsors Pre-College and College classes at Taconic, in partnership with Mercy, Nyack and Vassar Colleges. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the inmate population is currently enrolled in Hudson Link’s educational programs.