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Gowanda Correctional Facility Donates Pumpkins to Local School

Gowanda Correctional Facility (Erie County) helped students and teachers at nearby Gowanda Elementary School begin the year with a unique Horticulture program donation that would help them kick off the Halloween season. On September 9, 2014, Gowanda staff visited the school with a truckload of 215 pumpkins, at a combined weight of just over 4,000 lbs. There were so many pumpkins that every student in Pre-K through second grade could receive one, and enough left over to be incorporated into classroom activities or as art projects. Read More.

Collins Inmate Organization Sponsors Summer Concert Series for Charity

Inmates housed on Side II at Collins Correctional Facility (Erie County) took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy some good music this summer while helping out a good cause. With the help of the Recreation Department, the Side II Euro-American Committee (EAC) Inmate Organization sponsored a Summer Concert Series by the Collins II band where the “admission” for each show was at least one non-perishable food item. The food collected during these three concerts was donated to the Gowanda Food Pantry. Read More.

Asset Forfeiture Press Conference

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian held a press conference, Monday September 8, 2014 to announce the distribution of millions of dollars to a variety of law enforcement agencies recovered from a 2009 drug investigation. Among the distribution the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will receive a total of $471,239.39, some of which has already been received and will be used towards purchasing high-quality bullet-proof vests for Community Supervision staff. A Parole Officer, prior to the merger of the Department of Correctional Services and the NYS Division of Parole, handled the case while he was assigned to the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force team. Because of DOCCS' direct involvement in the case the agency was awarded an equitable sharing from the seizures and subsequent forfeiture. Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci attended the press conference in Albany on behalf of the agency. Representatives from various law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies were also in attendance.

Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility Participates in Community Festival

The NYC Police Department's 33rd precinct sponsored a Community Festival on Saturday August 23, 2014. Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility was invited to participate and provided a booth and an informational table. Correction Officer L. Houston, Sergeant H. Quinones and Correction Officer D. Shields provided coverage at the booth and they handed out approximately 200 informational flyers on the different career opportunities within the Department.

9th Annual Laura Giordiano 5K at Shawangunk C.F

Shawangunk Correctional Facility (Ulster County) hosted the 9th Annual Laura Giordiano 5K in honor of Correction Officer Giordiano who served the facility with distinction until her passing after a long battle with breast cancer. The proceeds each year are donated to breast cancer research and the Employee Recreation Committee who sponsors the event. Giordiano started her career in 1989 and died at the age of 45 in 2005. Seventy-five runners and walkers participated in this year's race and all participants were treated to a barbeque. Click here to view photos.

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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.