The Clinton Correctional Facility (usually called "Dannemora" after the town) is a New York State correctional facility, housing about 3,000 men.
Tucked away in the midst of Adirondack State Park (though excluded from the Park by Statute), Dannemora is sometimes called "Siberia" by New York's criminal population due to its harsh winter climate and isolation.
|The approach to Dannemora|
|The former mines lay just beyond the current prison|
|60 foot walls|
Although the definition of "insanity" at the time was neither clinical nor legal, a psychiatric hospital for the State's "insane" inmates was built on the grounds in the 1890s (such inmates perforce became Lifers). The psychiatric hospital was closed in the 1930s, and it was converted into an additional cellblock.
In the early 20th Century, Dannemora had a busier, if less famous, electric chair than Sing Sing Prison.
In the 1940s, the inmates themselves built the Church of St. Dismas The Good Thief on the prison grounds.
|St. Dismas Church|
Famous former inmates of Dannemora include Lucky Luciano and Tupac Shakur.