Gowanda Correctional Facility – New York

Are you looking for someone in prison at Gowanda Correctional Facility? Gowanda Correctional Facility is a correctional institution in the New York state prison system. This page will tell you info about everything you might want to know about Gowanda Correctional Facility,like: Find out who’s in prison at this facility? How to visit Gowanda Correctional Facility inmates. The prison’s address and phone number. Mailing or sending money to an inmate at Gowanda Correctional Facility. And more…

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General Prison Information

Official Name: Gowanda Correctional Facility
Type: Male
State: New York
County: Erie County
DOC: New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Security Level: Medium

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Contact Information

Below is the street address and mailing address for Gowanda Correctional Facility. Use the mailing address if you are sending a letter or package to a prisoner there, and use the street address if you want to know the actual location of the facility.

Mailing Address

You should check the Inmate Mail and Package Procedures information further down on this page if you are going to send something to a prisoner so that you correctly write the address, and follow the correct steps for sending a package or letter. If you do not use the correct protocol, it could not get to the inmate.

Gowanda Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 311
NY, 14070-0311

Street Address / Prison location


Gowanda Correctional Facility
South Road P.O. Box 350
Gowanda NY, 14070-0350

Phone Number and Fax Number

Fax Number:

Map and Directions

Use this address if you are visiting a prisoner. Be sure to check the Inmate Visitation Schedule and Inmate Visitation Procedures headings below if you are going to visit someone in prison at Gowanda Correctional Facility.

Gowanda Correctional Facility
South Road P.O. Box 350
Gowanda NY, 14070-0350


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Phone Number

Prisoners don’t have phones in their cells, so you can’t call an inmate, however, there are cases when it is helpful to know the telephone number to Gowanda Correctional Facility.

Gowanda Correctional Facility prisoners may be able to make phone calls using:

  • Calling Cards
  • Collect Calls
  • Dedicated Phone Line
  • Prison Calling Plan

Fax Number

Gowanda Correctional Facility inmates don’t have fax machines, so you can’t send a fax to an inmate, but there might be times when it is helpful to have the fax machine number to Gowanda Correctional Facility.

Email Address

This is the primary email for Gowanda Correctional Facility. You can’t reach inmates using this email. If you need to email a prisoner, go to the Inmate Email information on this page.

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Inmate and Staff Statistics

Total Inmates:
Total Staff:

Inmate Email

To email a letter to a prisoner at Gowanda Correctional Facility you must use an exact process to make sure that the email letter is received by the prisoner.

Inmate Internet Access

Inmates do not have access to the Internet.

Inmate Mail and Package Procedures

There are special steps that you have to follow when sending a letter or package to a inmate. If you don’t follow these rules then what you sent might not be received.

Before you send a package or letter, you should read the information below:

Mail Monitoring

Gowanda Correctional Facility officials will open and inspect and read all received general mail. Received general correspondence is able to be read as frequently as is necessary to keep security or watch problems confronting any inmates.

How to Address a Letter to an Inmate

Shown here is the correct format for how you must address a letter or package to a state prison inmate at Gowanda Correctional Facility:

Gowanda Correctional Facility
P.O. Box 311
NY, 14070-0311

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Inmate Money

Each state correctional institution has a Commissary that was created to provide inmates a bank type account for prisoner money and for buying items not issued by the correctional facility.

How to Send an Inmate Money

Family, friends, or other sources may send money to prisoner’s accounts by sending it by the U.S. Postal Service and Western Union.

Via U.S. Postal Service: Inmates’ families and friends are able to send prisoners funds in the postal service and have to send the moneyh to the address below and follow the rules shows below:

The money have to be in a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number. You are advised to use a post office money order, since all non-postal money orders that are processed through the National Lockbox will be subject to a 15-day hold, and in this time the prisoner will not get the funds. The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that don’t have valid prisoner info provided the envelope has an adequate return address. Personal checks and cash cannot be deposited so don’t send any checks or cash.

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Inmate Locator

State prisoners are often moved to various prisons around the state, so you might need to find what facility an inmate is at using the inmate locator. Click the link below to find an state prison inmate.
Inmate Search

To find other New York state prisons: New York State Prisons

Inmate Visitation

Before you visit an inmate at Gowanda Correctional Facility, be sure that you be aware of this information:

  • Visitation Schedule
  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Application

Inmate Visitation Schedule

Inmate Visitor Procedures

Each prison has their own rules for visitation and they are changed frequently. The procedures discussed here may be out of date now, so you should also read Gowanda Correctional Facility’s website to get the latest visitation procedures.

Visitation Sign-In and Check-In

The front entrance officer will ensure all visitors sign the prisoner visitors log before they enter the prison and also when they leave.

Identification Required

Picture id of all visitors will be required. The best forms of ID are Driver’s License and Social Security Card; but, a state issued photo ID is OK.

For all of the things listed below, check the actual prison site because this information is changed all the time:

  • Visitation Rules
  • Visitation Dress Code
  • Things You Can and Cannot Take to Visitation
  • Special Rules For Childred, Special Visits, Pastoral or Attorney Visits

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Prison Records

Information about Gowanda Correctional Facility records will be posted ASAP.

Such as:

  • Inmate records
  • Health records.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.

Death Row

More information about Gowanda Correctional Facility death row coming.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Info about New York parole procedures coming soon.

For example:

  • Parole hearings.
  • Review boards.
  • Who qualifies for parole.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Details about getting released from Gowanda Correctional Facility coming.

Inmate Programs

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Prison Life

Info about life at Gowanda Correctional Facility coming.

  • Activities.
  • Daily schedule and routine.
  • Recreational facilities available.
  • What’s allowed, and what’s not allowed.
  • What the food is like.
  • What to expect.
  • Jobs and work release available.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


A Gowanda Correctional Facility news section will be posted ASAP.


A Gowanda Correctional Facility photo section coming soon.

For example, photos of:

  • Cells at Gowanda Correctional Facility
  • The yard.
  • What inmates wear at Gowanda Correctional Facility.

If you have any photos of Gowanda Correctional Facility that you would like to share, please contact us using the ‘Contact’ link at the bottom of the page.

Prison Jobs & Hiring

Are you looking for a job at a prison? Have any prior experience? Have you worked at a correctional facility in your previous job?

If so, go to:

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The official website:

Victim Resources

Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

Victim’s Rights

The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

  • You have the right to protection from the accused.
  • You have the right to notification.
  • You have the right to attend proceedings.
  • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
  • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
  • You have the right to restitution.
  • You have the right to a speedy trial.
  • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

The definition of victim includes:

  • Spouses and children of all victims.
  • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
  • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
  • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

Victim Notification

The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

Click here to tell about all about it

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Family Resources

Information about resources for family members of inmates at Gowanda Correctional Facility will be posted ASAP.


Gowanda Correctional Facility history to be added later.

Such as:

  • Famous Gowanda Correctional Facility inmates.
  • Escapes and prison breaks.
  • Executions.

If you have any information on these topics to share, please post a comment using the form below.


Information About Other New York State Prisons: New York State Prisons

Gowanda Correctional Facility Links

The official website:

New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Links

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Tell Your Story – Write a Review of Gowanda Correctional Facility

Have you ever been incarcerated at Gowanda Correctional Facility? Do you have a friend or family member that is a prisoner there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner at this correctional facility?

If your answer is yes, then you should leave a comment below about it. Write down your experience so that others can find out what to expect.

What to include in the review:

  • Prison conditions
  • Prison facility and layout
  • Prison staff and Guards
  • Prison food and commissary
  • Visitation
  • Inmates
  • Inmate safety
  • Prison gangs
  • Inmate programs and activities

If you are currently incarcerated here, include your mailing address if you want to receive letters from people.

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  1. cheryl paulson-barkley says:

    I would like to know if you have a hand book or something telling me what I can send a inmate. As far as food, clothing, books, magazines, toiletries.

  2. Angela says:

    I would like to know the specifics on what an inmate can receive as far as food, clothing, toiletries, reading material, lighters/matches, etc. Does everything need to be sealed? There should be something publicly available for friends and family members of inmates in this facility to know what is accepted and what is not, so we’re not buying things that would be rejected.

  3. robertt says:

    i was incarcerated there in 1999.my grandmother passed away while i was there.i found out she passed away by a lieutenant.they didnt even have me see a priest or the priest didnt come see me.they let me go to the wake and when i got to the funeral parlor,the guards told me you got 5 minutes,pay your respects and dont speak to anyone and then we are leaving.i was very upset cause she had passed on and i had to see her with shackles and cuffs.guards were very rude and disrespectful to me under the circumstances.i was there for a dwi,no one was injured or anything but i was treatreated like i was a child molester or there for murder or something.it was a bad experience for me because i should of been able to see facilty prist or something.the dwi program there was helpful for me.the guerds are worse than the inmates.they have a job to do i understand but alot of the guards there abuse there authority.i hope its better now than it was in99.

  4. Ralph says:

    Hi I was wondering if it’s possible to send a inmate an email?

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