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Corcraft Employee Receives National Award

Corcraft employee accepts national award in Indianapolis. READ MORE.

32 Children Visit Mothers For "Family Ties" Graduation Event

DOCCS holds "Family Ties" graduation for 21 mothers, 32 children visit. READ MORE

New Online Victim Service Portal

Today Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new online application system that will aid crime victims and their family members who are seeking compensation for medical bills, moving expenses, lost wages, and other forms of assistance. The Victim Service Portal is administered by the Office of Victim Services which provides services, compensation and advocate for victim rights and benefits.

Dental Unit Conversion at Attica

Attica Correctional Facility's (Wyoming County) Dental Unit is becoming more eco-friendly. By implementing new digital technology with basic computer image enhancement for better diagnosis is the challenge of our time. Recently, Attica's Dental Unit completed the conversion from conventional film-based radiography to a much more cost-effective digital radiography system. Read More.

NYS Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force Somos el Futro

The 28th Annual New York State Assembly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force's "Somos el Futuro," Spring Conference and Career Exposition was held March 20th to 22nd at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Read More.

Gouverneur Correctional Facility Collects, Donates Books To Children

The Gouverneur Correctional Facility recently held its annual book drive where 70 children's books were collected and donated to a local Head Start Program. The event at Gouverneur, which grabbed local headlines, was orchestrated by facility librarian Katherine Freund. Each year the facility holds the book drive around Martin Luther King Day, where new or gently used books are accepted for distribution to area children's facilities.

2015 National Women's History Month Celebration

Women's History Month was celebrated at DOCCS with a brief presentation on March 25th followed by an award ceremony. Four female employees from across the state were honored for representing the very best of the Department. The event began with a reading of the proclamation issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Read More.

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.

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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.