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Lincoln Correctional Facility Hosts 50 Year High School Class Reunion

The Lincoln Correctional Facility was once a full school house and now former students are going back to the building to celebrate decades of history.  READ MORE.

Hospital Emergency Staff Commend Two Parole Officers' Bravery

Two Poughkeepsie area parole officers commended for bravery after controlling potentially life threatening situation. READ MORE.

Eight Correctional Facilities Participate In World Unity Day

Over 100 inmates from eight different correctional facilities recently participated in Narcotics Anonymous' World Unity Day. The inmates took part in a conference call that was hosted in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, the host city for this year's Narcotics Anonymous biennial World Convention. The call, which was the last event of the four day convention, was hosted by group fellowship members and a keynote speaker who shared experiences, strength and hope of living a productive and responsible life without the use of drugs. Inmates from Altona, Bare Hill, Bedford Hills, Coxsackie, Groveland, Hale Creek, Queensboro, and Wallkill were all part of the call.

Osborne Association Holds Family Works Graduation at Sing Sing

60 Sing Sing Correctional Facility inmates receive certificates, from the Osborne Association, for completing Family Works Program READ MORE.

Upstate Correctional Supervisor Featured on State's BuildSmart NY Webpage

A Facility Maintenance Supervisor at the Upstate Correctional Facility is getting some statewide attention for his recently completed energy efficient projects. READ MORE.



New Location for Brooklyn Community Supervision Office

The Brooklyn Area Community Supervision Office has re-located to:
15 2nd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

DOCCS Joins Other State Agencies in Hiring Veterans

Executive Law 369 was amended to include Chapter 17-A, known as the Veteran's Employment Act. It is now the policy of New York State to hire discharged veterans for temporary appointments and temporary-hourly positions within state agencies. In order to be eligible an individual must have served on active duty in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard or the Reserved Components of the Armed Forces of the United States or served in the active military service of the United States as a member of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard or the New York Militia and have been released from service for any such service other than dishonorable discharge, after September 11, 2001.
The New York State Department of Civil Service has created an online portal which will allow agencies to be provided with a pool of veterans they must consider when making temporary-hourly appointment. To learn more about the program, including ways to sign up, click here.

New Website Allows People to Apply for Clemency Online

"On December 31, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new clemency web site to act as a central resource for those eligible for clemency to apply. In addition, the public may view the DOCCS directive 6901, Information Concerning Executive Clemency, here.

DMV Identification Program

Newly released individuals have 120 days from their discharge date to apply for a learner permit, driver license or non-driver ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This documentation plays an important role in successful reentry and will be needed to access services and employment.  Please read the attached flyer here.

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.