Inmates from Wyoming Correctional Facility Assist in Flood Precaution Measures
Dozens of inmate work crews from the Wende Hub assisted with storm related projects including clearing of fire hydrants and sandbagging in multiple locations. Read More.
Cardinal Dolan Says Mass at Wallkill Correctional Facility
Cardinal Timothy Dolan recently hosted a mass inside the chapel of Wallkill Correctional Facility, a medium security prison in Ulster County. It was the second time in two years his eminence visited an Ulster County prison. Read More.
Return Rate for Parolees Committing New Felony Crimes Hits Historic Low
A new recidivism report released today by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) shows that nine percent (9%) of ex-offenders, released in 2010, were sent back to prison based on a new felony conviction within three years of their release. The figure is the lowest since monitoring started in 1985. A copy of the press release can be found here.
DOCCS Among Graduates of the 2014 New York State Police Canine GraduationThe New York State Police held a graduation ceremony for its Canine Handler Basic School on November 20, 2014 at the New York State Police Academy in Albany. One of its 14 graduates is the newest member of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Canine Unit, C.O. L. Fedele, Canine Uris. Read More
DMV Identification ProgramTo further enhance the Department’s reentry efforts, a set of protocols developed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been created to educate the inmate population on which steps are necessary to allow newly released individuals to apply for a learner’s permit, driver’s license or non-driver ID. The flyer can be found here.
Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA)
DOCCS has also undertaken efforts to better inform our population by producing educational materials. These materials were updated in June, 2013 and include a new inmate orientation pamphlet, a comprehensive "What Inmates Need to Know" pamphlet and poster to encourage inmates and other offenders to report any issues involving sexual abuse. In January 2014, DOCCS contract providers began distributing a similar orientation pamphlet to residents who are placed in Community-Based Residential Programs (CBRP) and Residential Stabilization Programs (RSP) as a condition of their release.