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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.
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Resolves Litigation Regarding Segregated Housing for Juveniles
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision today announced that they have resolved a lawsuit, Cookhorne vs. Fischer, that was filed by Prisoners' Legal Services and will result in updated agency policies that will preclude inmates under the age of 18 from being housed in segregated confinement. A copy of the press release is here.
Walsh Regional Medical Unit Completes Second of Three-Phase Rehab Project
The Department's largest and busiest Regional Medical Unit (RMU), known as Walsh and located on the grounds of Mohawk Correctional Facility, is expanding in Oneida County thanks to growing demand and a $32 million capital project that is on time and on budget. A copy of the press release is here.
2014 New York State Yogurt and Dairy Summit
Margaret Dutton, DOCCS' Food Production Center Steward, represented DOCCS at the 2014 New York State Yogurt and Dairy Summit held at Cornell University on October 15, 2014. The Summit was held the same day Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation making yogurt the official snack of New York.
UPDATED: Eastern NY Debate with University of Vermont
On September 19th, Eastern New York Correctional Facility hosted its second intercollegiate debate of the year. Inmates enrolled in Bard College through the Bard Prison Initiative faced the University of Vermont debate team on the topic: "Resolved: NATO should be immediately disbanded." Following an evenly balanced and spirited debate, the panel of outside adjudicators declared the Bard Debate Union the winners. The University of Vermont team, which is currently ranked 14th in the world, then went on to win a debate tournament on the Bard College campus in the following two days, beating teams from a dozen other colleges. The facility hosted event was featured in the Washington Post, click here to read the article.
2014 National Hispanic Heritage Celebration at DOCCS
National Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated at DOCCS with a brief presentation on October 9th. The event began with a reading of the proclamation issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci delivered remarks and mentioned the merger of two agencies, the Department of Correctional Services and the NYS Division of Parole at the request of Governor Cuomo and how we have become a more diversified agency as a result. 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.