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    niecyismsMar 31, 2014 at 9:40 am

    For the record, let’s clarify that you and your companions were on a “class trip” to not an art museum, not a Pediatric Oncology Pavillion, not even to an animal rescue campaign headquarters; but to the maximum security prison, Sing Sing Correctional Facility. See Below-

    Sing Sing Correctional Facility is a maximum security prison[2] operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in the town of Ossining, in the U.S. state of New York. It is located about 30 miles (50 km) north of New York City on the east bank of the Hudson River. The Sing Sing prison confines about 1,700 prisoners. (as per

    Yes, it’s a cold place in the Winter and being located right off the water and more specifically as the concentrated location of convicted felons within the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. See Below-

    The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision[1] or NYSDOCCS is the agency of New York State responsible for the care, confinement, and rehabilitation of approximately 63,000 inmates at 61 correctional facilities funded by the State of New York. The department employs a staff of approximately 31,300 individuals, including approximately 23,000 uniformed correction officers. Currently, this is the 4th largest state prison system in the United States[1]. The headquarters is located in Building 2 of the W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus in Albany.[2]
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    It was unfortunate that for your safety, you were unable to greet and exchange niceties as offered by the inmates for you to share and compare in discussions with your Voices of Confinement class, however here is a link to the Directive where you can obtain permission for an interview with one of Sing Sing’s inmates. Or “Are you scared?”

    It would be a more productive use of time to hear the voices of the victims, that are alive to tell or their surviving families in less fortunate situations. See Below-

    Office of Victim Services

    The Office of Victim Services is the primary contact for victims with questions regarding Department policies and procedures. The services provided by the Office are victim driven.
    Realizing that victimization is a devastating experience that effects many areas of a victim’s life, the Office of Victim Services provides services to better meet the needs of victims during the post-sentencing phase of the criminal justice process. Because seemingly minor offenses can be as deeply traumatic as those offenses commonly termed “serious” or “violent” crimes, the Office provides services to victims of all types of crimes. For more information on these services, you may call the Office of Victim Services toll-free at 1-800-783-6059 Monday through Friday during regular business hours. (as per

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    Martha KakonikosMar 30, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    Were their victims treated like human beings? Right before that convict plunged a knife into his victims heart or throat was he treated or thought of as a human being? Right before that rapist plunged his erect penis into that 8 year old innocent girl or boy- yes, boy or baby were they thought of as human beings? The reality of it all is it could be you or one of your family members one day. If it does happen and i hope it doesnt, will you still think of them as human beings? I think not. You will think of them as animals that belong in a cage for the rest of their lives. Just keeping it real for you!

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