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November 21, 2014

In light of the weather conditions associated with the continuing winter storm, State offices in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Franklin, Genesee, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and Wyoming counties will be closed on Friday, November 21. A directed early departure for non-essential employees is hereby granted and employees do not have to charge credits. Essential employees should report to work as directed by management.

Other than facility security staff who are always considered essential employees during emergencies, all other determinations as to who is deemed to be an essential or non-essential employee will be made by the facility Superintendents or Regional Directors.

If an agency has an office in a contiguous county that is impacted by the storm, the agency's designated representative should contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 for further instructions.

Public Hearing on Mental Illness in Correctional Settings - November 13, 2014

Acting DOCCS Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci presented testimony to the Assembly Committee on Correction and the Committee on Mental Health on the very important topic of Mental Illness in Correctional Settings.

Correction Officer Trainee Exam Scheduled for January 10, 2015;
Department Seeking Diverse Pool of Candidates

DOCCS will be holding an exam for men and women interested in becoming a Correction Officer. The written exam will be held Saturday, January 10, 2015. Interested parties can register online or by mail. Read More.

Crime Victims’ Brick Memorial

Members of the New York Victims’ Task Force have announced that the New York State Crime Victims’ Brick Memorial site on the north side of the Empire State Plaza is being renovated to improve the quality and configuration of the Memorial in time for the 2015 Brick Dedication. Read More.

Collins & Gowanda Officers Come to the Aid of School Bus in Distress

A carpool of Correction Officers from Collins and Gowanda (Erie County) were on their way to training at Attica (Wyoming County) on Thursday, October 30th when their prior years of training was suddenly called into action. The C.O’s had been following a school bus carrying a young student on its morning route when the bus began to slow down and pull off to the side of the road to allow traffic to pass. It was then that the back tires appeared to lose traction on the road’s shoulder, and the back end of the bus began to skid down the embankment, causing the bus to tip over on its side and slide down a small ravine. Read More.



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.