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196 Matteawan State Prison Farm

 Matteawan State Prison Farm page 196

http://www.hudsonvalleyruins.org/yasinsac/dutchess/matteawan1.html

 

http://www.thethirdangelsounded.com/MatteawanAsylumForTheCriminallyInsane

Matteawan State Prison Farm (State Hospital) is located in Fishkill, New York. The Hospital was a purchase of 246 acres of Dates Farm and had pleasing scenery between the Fishkill mountains and the Hudson River. For about 80 years prior to the 1960’s it was famous for being an institution for the “furiously mad”. Then finally in the 1970’s The Fishkill Correctional Facility emerged.  The prison asylum housed patients with pending charges who would be returned to court and also recovered convicts who’s sentences ended and discharged them.  The asylum was over crowed and had no room for expansion.   Patients were given plenty of exercise and took part in many activities. Electric and insulin shock treatments were commonly used and even three lobotomies were performed. Slowly the state hospital got rid of its insane asylum  after a period of frequent facility changes.  The institution has now shrunk in size and now houses programs such as corcraft, where the inmates help manufacture beds, chairs, and more for the sale to state and local government. They also fabricate things such as security doors and windows for psychiatric and correctional facilities.

In the book Ragtime,Harry Kendall Thaw, the husband of Evelyn Nesbit, was a very wealthy man. Although he continually abused his beautiful wife and when he found her taking refuge and lust with architect Stanford White at Madison Square Garden, Thaw murdered White in a rage right on the spot. He was sent to serve time at Matteawan State Prison farm where as a prisoner he lived in luxury. During spring Harry K managed to escape prison for a short time before being caught by the police and returned to the insane asylum. After seven years Thaw was released.

http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/docs2day/fishkill.htm

 

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