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Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Inmate Case Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, located in Westchester County, N.Y., is a maximum security correctional facility for female felons. Inmate case files describe in great detail the family and social background, arrest, confinement, and release/parole of incarcerated women.
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Quantity:
271 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
approximately 1915-2002
Series Number:
W0010

Arrangement

Roughly numerical by DIN number.

Scope and Content Note

This subseries of the general inmate case files series, Series 14610, consists of inmate case files relating to women who were incarcerated in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Inmate case files describe in great detail the family and social background, arrest, confinement, and release/parole of inmates. The content of the case files reflects the role of each institution.

Beginning with inmates released after 1956, only the following case files categories were transferred to the State Archives: inmates who died in custody, sex offenders, inmates of certain minority ethnic groups, inmates who received life sentences, and a 2% sample of all inmates who were released from any correctional facility.  All other case files were destroyed.

W0010-88E: The series consists of institutional case (medical case history) files consisting of, but not limited to, commitment papers, custodial data, fiscal data, identification data, and related correspondence for all inmates released prior to January 1, 1957 and not subsequently readmitted.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Summary information on adult inmates is disclosable under law. State Archives staff will review records containing probation, parole, medical, and juvenile criminal history data and disclose information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Law and Personal Privacy Protection Law. The identity of victims of sex crimes is not disclosable. Unless a specific law forbids disclosure indefinitely, all records must be disclosed after 75 years.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series 14610 Inmate Case Files, provides a detailed description of the entire series of inmate case files. Accretions 14610-94C, 14610-98D, 14610-08, and 14610-13A contain additional inmate case files for this facility.

Other finding aids

W0010-13, W0010-19: Folder list is available at the repository.

Processing Information

W0010-88E: Files were received at the Archives in two shipments: 1.) Transferred from Bedford Hills Correctional Facility on 12/1/1988 (22 cubic feet); and 2.) Transferred from Clinton Correctional Facility on 12/28/1988 (20 cubic feet). The combined files (42 cubic feet) were accessioned on 1/5/1989. Due to active mold infestation the records were microfilmed by Archives staff in 1989; silver master microfilm was sent to the State Records Center for secure storage. Paper records were destroyed in December 1990.

Acquistion Information

W0010-13: This accretion was transferred under RDA 14610 by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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Detailed Description

Contents Box

Accretion: W0010-13
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Notorious:84G0333-85G0342 2
Notorious:86G0657-88G0575 3
Notorious:89G0034-90G0733 4
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Notorious:91G1012-91G1751 6
Notorious:91G1879-92G0325 7
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Notorious:93G0826-94G0109 9
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Female:80G0175-84G0392 11
Female:84G0438-88G0732 12
Female:89G0138-89G0163 13
Female:89G0323 14
Female:89G0443-89G1443 15
Female:89G1536-90G0879 16
Female:90G0949-91G0735 17
Female:91G1127-91G1456 18
Female:91G1552-91G1614 19
Female:91G1749-91G2118 20
Female:91G2176-92G0080 21
Female:92G0126-92G0986 22
Female:92G1037-93G0012 23
Female:93G0042 24
Female:93G0077-93G0239 25
Female:93G0307-93G0537 26
Female:93G0772-93G0888 27
Female:93G1111-93G1396 28
Female:93G1477-94G0296 29
Female:94G0300-94G0513 30
Female:94G0619-94G0856 31
Female:94G0862-94G1125 32
Female:94G1189-94G1646 33
Female:94G1662-95G0170 34
Female:95G0189-95G0926 35
Notorious:89G1055 36
Female:91G0321-93G0644 37
Female:94G1559-95G1041 38
Notorious:88G0024-88G0935 39
Notorious:91G0087-91G0870 40
Notorious:91G1045-91G1383 41
Notorious:92G1023-96G0373 42