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National Volunteer Week

This year, National Volunteer Week is scheduled for April 12-18, 2015, and the theme designated by the Points of Light Foundation is Volunteers: A Work of “Heart.” To view this years poster, click here.

Former Inmate Brings Off Broadway Play Back to Otisville Where It All Began

Former Otisville Correctional Facility inmate, Joseph Assadourian, will bring his one man play “The Bullpen” back to the correctional facility where he first performed the show. On March 26th, Assadourian will perform the play for current inmates at Otisville and take questions following the performance. The performance will take place a year and a half after Assadourian was paroled. The play “The Bullpen” has received numerous accolades as an Off Broadway Play in New York City including a New York Times critic calling the play “wildly funny.”

Coxsackie Correctional Facility Staff Makes A Difference With Toys

The Make a Difference Day Committee from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility recently joined doctors from Columbia Memorial Pediatrics in Catskill to donate teddy bears and games for young patients. Read More.

"Latinos in Progress" Inmate Organization Donates To Charity

A group of inmates at the Mohawk Correctional Facility recently donated several hundred dollars to a local rescue mission. READ MORE.

NYU Brings College Education to Wallkill Correctional Facility

New York University now offering Associates Degree program at Wallkill Correctional Facility. READ MORE.

Acting Commissioner Annucci Testifies on 2015-16 Executive Budget

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci appeared at the public hearing on the Public Protection portion of the 2015-16 Executive Budget, held by the State Legislature's fiscal committees on February 26, 2015. The Commissioner presented testimony on the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins April 1, 2015.

Women's Health Care

The Department released a fact sheet outlining several important aspects of women's health care policies. The fact sheet is not meant to be inclusive, but rather compliment our agency policies involving a few of the most important reproductive health care policies.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. DOCCS TV Studio staff provided several days of video production assistance to the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) staff by filming offsite at a local high school followed by further video editing at the Albany Training Academy. OPDV produced a four minute video that was distributed to schools throughout New York and can be watched here. For more information about Teen Dating Violence and how you can get involved, click here.

44th Annual Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Conference

DOCCS personnel tended to an informational booth at the 44th Annual Legislative Conference held by the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. The conference was held from February 13th to 15th in Albany, NY. The annual statewide event allows The Association to raise scholarship funds for the educational advancement of African American, Hispanic, and other minority youth. This year’s theme was “United we Stand!”



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.