For the month of October please join the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) by "shining the light" on domestic violence. For the seventh year in a row, the OPDV has organized a low-or no- cost campaign to turn the state purple in support of domestic violence. On Wednesday, October 15th, the OPDV and DOCCS encourage employees to play a part by wearing an item of purple clothing or a purple ribbon. More information about domestic violence or how you can participate is available on the OPDV website.
OPERATION HALLOWEEN TARGETS PAROLED SEX OFFENDERS
ALBANY— For the ninth consecutive year, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will impose special conditions and closely monitor supervised sex offenders to ensure the safety of children on Halloween. A copy of the press release can be found here.
Osborne Association FamilyWorks Graduation at Sing Sing
On October 22nd, the Osborne Association celebrated the graduation of 47 inmates from the parenting and relationship program at Sing Sing, a program called FamilyWorks. This ceremony celebrates the achievement and commitment of FamilyWorks graduates. The program included speeches and remarks by program graduates as well as comments from facility Superintendent Michael Capra and Deputy Superintendent of Programs Lesley Malin. Read More.
Wende HUB Gives Back to Community
Click here to read about the community projects Orleans Correctional Facility and Livingston Correctional Facility took part in recently.
Analysis of NYSCOPBA's Press Release on Assaults on Staff DOCCS remains committed to ensuring safety for allALBANY -- Contrary to the implication of the NYSCOPBA press release that DOCCS under-reports assaults on staff, "any attack by an inmate on a staff member that is classified as an assault on a misbehavior report," constitutes an assault for purposes of the Department's statistical compilations. Hence, when an inmate grabs, pushes or deliberately bumps into an employee, these scenarios are considered assaults. The attack need not result in injury or in the use of a specific weapon. 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.