Operation Halloween Targets Sex Offenders Under SupervisionFor the tenth consecutive year, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will impose special conditions and closely monitor supervised sex offenders to ensure the safety of children on Halloween. Read More.
Department Awards Four Medals of Honor and Three Medals of Merit to Employees for Heroic Actions - October 27, 2015
Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci handed out Medals of Honor and Medals of Merit to seven Department employees for their courageous actions in 2014 today at the Albany Training Academy. Upon the conclusion of today's ceremony, DOCCS' has awarded 52 Medals of Honor and 121 Medals of Merit since the awards program began in 1984. Read More.
Eastern NY Debate Team Making Headlines After Defeating Harvard
The debate team at Eastern NY Correctional Facility continues to make headlines weeks after they defeated Harvard in a debate about immigration and schools. The team is comprised of three inmates, at Eastern NY, all of whom are enrolled in the Bard Prison Initiative. For more on the debate team's victory, click here.
Green Haven High School Equivalency Graduation
On Wednesday, September 23, 2015 Green Haven Correctional Facility held the 2015 High School Equivalency Graduation for 30 inmate students. READ MORE.
DOCCS' Central Office Celebrates Hispanic Heritage MonthDOCCS Central Office staff recently celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in Albany, with a gathering in the Department's lobby. Approximately 100 people attended the event that honored the rich history and culture that Hispanic heritage brings to our nation and state. DOCCS' Assistant Counsel, Daniel Figueroa III, served as the keynote speaker. After the event participants were treated to samples of traditional Hispanic cuisine.
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 ProgramNewly 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.