Bard Prison Initiative Wins The Manhattan Institute's 2015 Award for Social EntrepreneurshipDOCCS congratulates the Bard Prison Initiative on being one of five winners of this years Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship by the Manhattan Institute. The award is designed to recognize entrepreneurs across the country who are working toward innovative solutions to our nation's most pressing social problems. READ MORE
Puppies Behind Bars Graduation Held At Bedford Hills Correctional FacilityFour puppies were recently let out of prison and given to their new owners following Bedford Hills Correctional Facility's most recent Dog Tags graduation ceremony. READ MORE.
NBC Feature Story On Former DOCCS Inmate Receives 4 Emmy NominationsA Dateline feature story about a former DOCCS inmate wrongfully convicted of murder has been nominated for four Emmy awards. READ MORE.
79 Men And Women Graduate From DOCCS' Training Academy
On Friday, July 31st, DOCCS' Training Academy held its 12th graduation ceremony of 2015. READ MORE.
President Obama Aims To Restore Federal College Grants For InmatesOn Friday, July 31st, President Obama and the US Department of Education outlined a plan to offer Pell Grants to inmates seeking a college education. READ MORE.
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.
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.