The Broome County Sheriff's Corrections Division is currently operating a 536 bed direct supervision correctional facility in the Town of Dickinson. The facility, which opened in 1996, has received accreditation awards by the NYS Commission of Correction, NYS Sheriff's Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. The Sheriff’s facility was the second facility in New York State to attain this recognition.
In 2000 the Division opened and staffed a courthouse holding area. This allowed for reduction of transportation costs and increased security of inmates and the public, while providing a more efficient level of service the courts.
The Division continues to monitors gang membership and activities in the facility to ensure a safer working environment for staff and safer custodial environment for other inmates.
Regular discharge planning meetings are conducted with Mental Health, BOCES, Jail Medical and Council of Churches staff to assist released inmates to successfully assimilate back into the law-abiding community.
The facility uses double celling, to eliminate the need to board out inmates and maintain state-ready and federal inmate revenues. The use of double bunking resulted in significant cost savings for taxpayers since its inception in 1999.
The Division cooperates with the Broome County Health Dept. to provide screening and treatment to jail inmates for sexually transmitted and contagious diseases in order to protect the public upon the inmate's release.
The Division acts as the training hub for surrounding counties. The Corrections Training Academy offers basic, supervisory, executive and defensive tactic specialty courses for members of the BCSO and surrounding agencies.
The opening of a therapeutic unit servicing the mentally ill, undereducated and addicted inmates in our custody offers a significant change from the traditional concept of a county jail.
The following personnel are authorized for the Corrections Division:
Major - 1
Captain - 1
Lieutenants - 5
Sergeants - 16
Correction Officers - 134
Civilian Clerks - 7
The Weekender Work program, developed in 1992, has provided many benefits to the citizens of Broome County. The initial intention of the program was to provide free labor to municipal governments and tax-exempt organizations in the county, while at the same time, free up jail beds for use by offenders who needed to be incarcerated. One of the major benefits of the program has been the roadside cleanup assignment. In the past several years, numerous tons of garbage has been removed from Broome County roadsides. This program continues to contributing to the sanitation and beauty of the County.
Work projects included yearly setup and clean up for Broome Counties First Night Celebration, and county auction. The program has continued beautification projects for the Empire State Games, weekly cleaning of the Veterans Memorial Arena, and assisting in the National Riverbank Cleanup days. The inmates also participate in the county emergency disaster drills as mock victims.
The utilization of inmates in these projects supports the position of the Corrections Division of the Office of the Sheriff that prisoners have a responsibility beyond incarceration, they have a responsibility to make amends and contribute in a positive way to the community. The Corrections Division of the Office of the Sheriff continues to make efforts to meet this objective.
Address for Inmate Correspondence
Broome County Sheriff's Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 2047
Binghamton, NY 13902-2047