DOCCS Announces Correction Officer Trainee Exam Date for April 9th
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision recently announced an April 9th date for the Correction Officer Trainee Exam. Interested applicants must sign up before February 24th. For more information on the exam, click here
Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci Writes OP/ED Regarding Prison Initiatives
On January 20th, Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci wrote an OP/ED to the Albany Times Union regarding recent prison reforms and Department initiatives. To read the full letter, Read More.
13TH Proposal of Governor Cuomo's 2016 agenda: Launch a "Right Priorities" initiative that leads the nation with comprehensive criminal justice and re-entry reforms
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the 13th signature proposal of his 2016 agenda: launch a “Right Priorities” initiative to further New York’s status as a national leader in criminal justice and re-entry reforms. The Governor’s proposal will help at-risk youth find positive opportunities in their communities, while also providing citizens who enter the criminal justice system the opportunity to rehabilitate, return home, and contribute to their communities. Read More.
2016 Parole Board Business Meetings
The Board of Parole will not be hosting a business meeting in January or February of 2016. The first meeting of the new year will take place on March 14, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the Albany Training Academy. For more information, click here.
Six Puppies Given To War Veterans at Puppies Behind Bars Graduation
Six Labrador puppies recently graduated and went home with their new owner following a Puppies Behind Bars graduation ceremony at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County. 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.