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Wende Hub Staff Members Raise $9,000 Towards Cancer Research

On Saturday June 28, 2014, 23 DOCCS staff members from the Wende Hub biked 10 miles and raised nearly $9,000 dollars as part of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Bike Ride. The team dubbed "Cycling CO's" was among the 8,000 participants that raised a total of 4.5 million dollars. Click here to see who participated. Click here to see who participated.

DOCCS Holds 13th Annual Parole Officers’ Memorial Ceremony

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision held its annual Parole Officers’ Memorial Ceremony on July 16, 2014 to honor seven parole officers who have died in the line of duty. The event was held at the Parole Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza Assistant Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Mary Kavaney and DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci both delivered thoughtful remarks. Governor Cuomo’s proclamation declaring July 13-19, 2014 as Pretrial, Probation, Parole Supervision Week can be read here.

Coxsackie Correctional Facility Assists Local Homeless Children

The Make a Difference Day Committee from Coxsackie Correctional Facility (Greene County) donated $200.00 to the local school district to assist local homeless students. The donation was mentioned in the Daily Mail newspaper.

Downstate Correctional Facility Hosts Employee Resource Awareness Day

On June 25, 2014, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) coordinators and committee hosted an Employee Resource Awareness Day at Downstate Correctional Facility (Dutchess County). Previously known as Health Fairs, Resource Awareness Days allow staff members at the facility the opportunity to meet with approved exhibitors and ask questions about their benefits. Representatives from Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), Public Employees Federation (PEF), the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), Federal Department of Labor (FMLA), New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), Empire Plan, Deferred Compensation, and many more were on hand to offer information to the over 100 employees attending.

Lakeview Shock Incarceration Facility Hosts "Biggest Loser" Competition

The Lakeview Shock Incarceration Correctional Facility (SICF) Employee Assistance Program (EAP) committee hosted a 12 week "Biggest Loser" competition for employees as a wellness initiative promoting both healthy eating and exercise. A total of 1,062.9 pounds were lost by all participants. Prizes were given to the male and female participant, and the team that lost the greatest percentage of body weight each month and at the final weigh in. Read More

Superintendent Recognizes Outstanding Employees at Groveland C.F.

On June 5, 2014, an Employee Recognition Dinner was held at Groveland Correctional Facility (Livingston County). Correction Officer Kenneth Poddnay was awarded Employee of the Year for all his contributions to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Blood Exposure Response Teams (BERT) and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Employees Lynn Smalt, Electrician; Laura Scheible, Inmate Records Coordinator II; and Ruby Rowe, Keyboard Specialist II were given the Superintendent's Award for Excellence which is presented to those who have shown outstanding work ethic and dedication. All honorees can be relied upon to perform the most difficult tasks and has made significant contributions to Groveland Correctional Facility. Please join us in congratulating all of our honorees! View picture.

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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.