What’s New at DOCCS?
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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Staff members at DOCCS have been added to the long list of people who have doused themselves for a good cause. This month staff members at Sing Sing Correctional Facility (Westchester County) doused themselves with ice water in front of the Administration building to raise awareness for ALS. The facility challenged all other NYS Correctional Facilities to respond. Sing Sing raised $2,000 dollars for the ALS Foundation. Read More.
Gowanda Correctional Facility Donates Pumpkins to Local SchoolGowanda 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.
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.