Groveland Correctional Facility
Groveland Correctional Facility is a medium-security facility for adult male inmates that is located in Sonyea, New York. This facility can house approximately 1,100 inmates, and it is operated by the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
This facility is divided into two parts — upper and lower — and has a sally port with a fence in between to restrict movement between the two areas. Food Service, the prison hospital, and housing units C through J are part of the upper, while the commissary, school, church, rec yards, and housing units K through L are located on the lower.
Groveland Correctional Facility
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Visiting Hours and Rules
Visiting hours for the general population at Groveland Correctional Facility are on weekends and holidays between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM. You must arrive no later than 2:15 PM if you wish to visit with your inmate.
Special Housing Unit Visiting Days & Hours (Inmates in SHU custody are allowed one non-legal visit within a seven day period): 8:00AM to 3:30PM Weekends and Holidays. Visit requests will not be accepted after 2:15PM.
No more than three visitors are allowed to visit an inmate at one time. Infants under the age of one are not counted. For more detailed visiting information, click here.
This visit checklist helps you to prepare for your visit with an inmate:
- Confirm that the offender has not been transferred and has visitation privileges.
- Bring valid photo identification.
- If you have made special arrangements with the facility, call before leaving to ensure that plans for your visit have been made and are in place.
- Check clothing and jewelry for compliance with the dress code.
- If you are bringing a child and you are not the legal guardian or parent, be sure you have a notarized statement from the child’s parent or legal guardian.
- Arrive on the designated day during proper visiting hours.
- Leave purses, wallets, and electronic devices in the glove compartment or in the trunk of your car. Be sure to lock your car.
Groveland Correctional Facility
7000 Sonyea Road
Sonyea, New York 14556
Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/R92mh5EFzSVx2apL8
General Phone Number
Inmate Mailing Address(es)
Inmate Name, DOC Number
Groveland Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 50
Sonyea, New York 14556-0050
You may include letters and photographs in your correspondence. However, you are not allowed to send nude pics, Polaroid photos, postage stamps, or letters from other people, except children.
How to Call an Inmate
You can’t call an inmate at the Groveland Correctional Facility, but they do have access to phones during daytime hours for outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in New York, please click here.
How to Send Money
When you visit Groveland Correctional Facility, you can leave cash, money orders, and checks in the visitor deposit lockbox. JPay also offers five ways for family and friends to send money to an inmate:
- Online: Log into JPay to deposit money using your credit or debit card.
- Mobile App: You can make deposits anytime, anywhere by downloading the free app at the APP STORE or GOOGLE PLAY.
- Phone: Credit and debit card deposits can be made by calling 1-800-574-5729.
- US Mail: Mail a check or money order with a JPay deposit slip to the JPay Lockbox:
PO Box 531190
Miami, Florida 33153
Deposit slip: ENGLISH ESPANOL
- MoneyGram: Make deposits using cash at MoneyGram locations using Receive Code 1317.
Programs For Inmates
Groveland Correctional Facility offers a variety of programs and services for inmates, and there are also industries on the grounds that employ inmates.
Adult Basic Education
This course is for inmates who score below the sixth grade level on the Department's selected standardized test in reading, mathematics, and language arts in the context of real life adult problems and situations.
Aggression Replacement Training (ART)
A cognitive behavioral intervention program designed to assist inmates in improving social skills, moral reasoning, coping with and reducing aggressive behavior through the use of self-regulating exercises and mindfulness.
The Building Maintenance program provides students with fundamental skills required to make minor repairs in carpentry, masonry, electricity, plumbing, and weatherization. This course prepares the student with entry-level skills as a building superintendent.
This course introduces students to the hardware and software components of computers. The main focus of the program is the operation of software, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and presentations.
The Custodial Maintenance Course emphasizes custodial services, including floor care, carpet and fabric care, upholstery care, window care, restroom care, and the safe use and operation of power cleaning equipment and sanitation chemicals.
This course provides instruction in basic electricity with emphasis on installing and servicing of all types of residential and commercial wiring systems. Skills taught include code interpretation, installation and servicing of circuits and controls, use of testing equipment, reading of architectural drawings, and wiring schematics.
The Floor Covering Course covers the installation of most floor covering materials including types of carpeting, floor tile, sheet goods, wall tile, and quarry slate. Students learn layout and measurement, floor preparation, maintenance and repair, and job estimation.
The General Business course provides students with instruction on using computers, calculators, and printers. Students become familiar with software applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, and desktop publishing. In addition, instruction is offered in filing, mailing procedures, bookkeeping, and business correspondence.
Horticulture refers to the production, care, management and marketing of plants such as flowers, shrubs, trees, bulbs, and turf. Training includes instruction and practice in techniques and methods of plant propagation, transplanting, pruning, cultivation, fertilization, and greenhouse production, as well as plant identification and insect control.
Incarcerated Veterans Program
Designed to address the readjustment and reentry needs of veterans returning home after incarceration.
Plumbing and Heating
Students in Plumbing and Heating Course learn the installation of water, gas, waste disposal systems, and heating units in buildings and homes. This program covers basic instruction in plumbing, including code restrictions, blueprint reading, fixtures for domestic and commercial establishments, as well as oil burner repair and servicing.
The goal of this course is to provide students with entry level skills in any of the following areas: plumber, pipe fitter, furnace installer, oil burner mechanic.
The Printing Course is an extensive program teaching a variety of techniques ranging from bookbinding, typesetting, and lithography (offset press work).
Sex Offender Counseling and Treatment Program
The Sex Offender Counseling and Treatment Program (SOCTP) is a comprehensive program of counseling and treatment offered by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for convicted sex offenders and other offenders the Department identifies as likely to benefit from sex offender counseling and treatment based upon a study of their background.
Small Engine Repair
The Small Engine Repair course provides training in the repair and maintenance of lawn and garden equipment, recreational vehicles and motorcycles. Students learn troubleshooting, including testing, diagnosis, and repair. Skills taught include major engine overhaul, ignition testing and servicing, fuel system servicing and repair, mower blade replacement and servicing, power drive and transmitting systems, and understanding schematics and specifications.
The Waste Management Program provides recycling and organic waste diversion and avoided cost services for the Department and selected municipalities. The program employs up to 1100 incarcerated individuals at various levels in New York facilities and regional recycling processing centers. Food Waste composting operations are located throughout the state and generally outside facility security perimeters.
Students are taught various techniques of arc, oxyacetylene, tungsten inert gas (TIG) and metallic inert gas (MIG) welding and cutting. They learn control of equipment in the various positions of welding, as well as many types of joints, beads, welds, and braces. This course includes blueprint reading and working from layouts and diagrams.
Youth Assistance Program
The Youth Assistance Program is specifically designed to provide positive guidance and direction to at-risk youth in the surrounding community from becoming involved in illegal activities or committing crimes which may lead to the criminal justice system.
The program includes presentations by selected facilitators who are incarcerated. They discuss the circumstances and behaviors that led to their incarceration and the consequences of life in prison.
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Careers at Groveland Correctional Facility
If you are interested in a career with the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and would like to work at the Groveland Correctional Facility, you can find out more information by clicking here.