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.
Governor Cuomo Announces Grant Money For Formerly Incarcerated People
On Monday, June 1st, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $3.3 million in grants to help fund re-entry task forces in 19 counties. The task forces help formerly incarcerated individuals with community based programs including substance abuse, mental health job training opportunities and similar initiatives. To receive the funding, each task force was required to detail a plan for delivering targeted, evidence-based programs and services to individuals. To read more about the grants that are administered by DCJS and to read the comments of DOCCS' Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci and Executive Deputy Commissioner of DCJS, Michael Green, click here.
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.
Governor Cuomo Tours Greene Correctional Facility, Pushes Raise The Age Reform
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo toured the Greene Correctional Facility, Thursday May 28th, as part of his push to Raise the Age in New York State. Governor Cuomo stood beside Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci and advocates for the change, to call on the state legislature to raise the age of the criminally responsible, in New York, from 16 to 18 years-old. Governor Cuomo also announced the hiring of 103 new security jobs throughout the state's prisons.
The Late B.B. King Performed at Sing Sing
On Thanksgiving Day in 1972 the late B.B. King performed for the inmates at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Interested in prison reforms, King started an organization for fairer prison conditions around the country. To watch his performance at Sing Sing click here.
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.