Current DOCCS Parole Officer Training Class will Prepare 40 New OfficersThe Albany Training Academy is hosting an eight week Parole Office training class to prepare 40 men and women to hit the streets by February, 2015. Read More
Make a Difference Day at DOCCS 2014The NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision participated in the annual USA Weekend and the Hands on Network's "Make a Difference Day." Different events were held across the state at various correctional facilities and within the community. Read More.
Shawangunk Correctional Facility Hosts Softball TournamentShawangunk Sergeant Harrison and his committee of staff from Shawangunk Correctional Facility hosted their inaugural Wounded Warrior Softball Tournament at the Wallkill/Shawangunk Quality of Work Life ball field in August. During this event, six teams representing five correctional facilities in the Hudson Valley were present: Shawangunk, Downstate, Otisville, Bedford Hills and Wallkill. The event was very well attended by staff and their families and a total of $3,600.00 was raised and donated to the Wounded Warrior Project..
NYS AccreditationEach correctional facility and other components of DOCCS continue to be nationally accredited tri-annually by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch was the first in 1982 and in 2014, 23 correctional facilities have successfully completed their re-accreditation audit. The re-accreditation process confirms that the operations, administration and management meets or exceeds hundreds of nationally-accepted standards. Since September the final 10 facilities have completed the process. Please join together in congratulating the staff at Riverview, Gouverneur, Southport, Livingston, Cayuga, Otisville, Wallkill, Great Meadow, Moriah and Lakeview for a job well done!
DMV Identification ProgramNewly released individuals have 120 days from their discharge date to apply for a learner permit, driver license or non-driver ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This documentation plays an important role in successful reentry and will be needed to access services and employment. Please read the attached flyer 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.