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Department of Corrections

The Westchester County Department of Correction (WCDOC) was established in 1969 as the successor to the County Sheriff and serves the public by providing an efficient, secure and humane means of detaining individuals with criminal matters pending in Westchester County.

Department of Correction Historical Records Collection, 1903, 1981, 1995
Series 309
Less than 1 cubic ft.  Arranged chronologically. View box and folder list.

This collection gathers together materials documenting various events and activities in the history of the Department of Correction.  Currently the collection includes a 1903 newspaper article about a jail escape, a DVD with news reports covering a July 1981 riot at the County Jail (including a few news stories reported by Meredith Vieira for the local ABC affiliate); and a June 1995 report on conditions at the Department of Correction (the “Marbach Commission Report”).

Department of Correction Scrapbook, 1986-1989
Series 307
1 volume.  Arranged chronologically.

Photocopies of newspaper articles from June 1986-August 1989 relating to the Westchester County Jail in particular; correction facility issues in general such as overcrowding, AIDS, motherhood behind bars; and relating to correctional officers such as recruitment and retirement.

Indexes to Jail Blotter Books, 1914-1938, 1941-1943, 1946-1974
Series 311
25 volumes.  Arranged chronologically. Index to: Series 310. Access Restricted for Records Less than 75 Years Old.

Provides name, address, and what city committed from, in addition to blotter record number which can then be looked up in a specific Jail Blotter Book (Series 310). Note, although there is an index for 1974, the Archives does not have a corresponding blotter book. Access for records less than 75 years old is restricted. Please contact the Archives Reference Desk for additional information.

Jail Blotter Books, 1903-1973
Series 310
37 volumes.  Arranged chronologically. Indexed by: Series 311. Access Restricted for Records Less than 75 Years Old.

Ledgers maintained at Westchester County Jail recording data on individual inmates, including incarceration information (including date admitted, crime charged with, date of discharge, days confined, and number of prior convictions) as well as demographic information about inmate (including age, gender, race, place of birth, marital status, level of education, religion, and occupation). Some of the books, primarily from the 1910s, have loose papers in the front of them with cumulative inmate statistics. There are no indexes available for the blotter books from 1903-1913. Access for records less than 75 years old is restricted. Please contact the Archives Reference Desk for additional information.