Effective Monday January 20, 2014, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is allowing calls to cell phones from the Department’s Inmate Telephone System. Because there is no method that allows for collect calling to cell phones, an inmate’s family and friends who wish to receive collect calls on their cell phones will need to open a pre-paid account with the Department’s Phone System Provider: Unisys-VAC. A pre-paid account can be opened by contacting the customer service center at its toll-free number 800-777-2522 or by visiting the website for establishing and funding prepaid accounts at www.Offenderconnect.com. New York phone rates are one of the lowest in the country. One rate for all calls – local and long-distance is $.048 (less than a nickel) per minute. We have no connection fees and a 20 minute call costs $.96.
Commissioner’s Accreditation Excellence Award: Richard Knuth
Updated: March 4, 2014
On January 8, 2014 Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci announced that Richard Knuth is the recipient of the 2014 Commissioner’s Accreditation Excellence Award. View pictures here
American Correctional Association: NYS Accreditation
Each 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 thus far for 2014, six 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. Please join together in congratulating the staff at Clinton (Clinton County), Franklin (Franklin County), Attica (Wyoming County), Sullivan (Sullivan County), Woodbourne (Sullivan County) and Auburn (Cayuga County) for a job well done! Stay tuned for more facilities in the coming months.
DOCCS Celebrates Black History Month with Guest Speaker and Reception
DOCCs celebrated Black History Month, on February 27th, with a brief presentation at Central Office in Albany. Read More
2014 Capital Region State Employees Federated Appeal Campaign
Congratulations to the Greene Correctional Facility (Greene County) Staff! On March 19, 2014, at the Capital Region State Employees Federated Appeal (SEFA) Campaign Awards Luncheon, Greene Correctional Facility will be receiving four awards. Read More
DOCCS Staff Donate in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Honor
Staff at two Correctional Facilities and a Community Supervision office have donated food, money and “gently used” books to a local library, a food pantry, a nationally known reading organization for youth and the Salvation Army. Read more about their fundraising efforts.
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.