Acting Commissioner Annucci Testifies on 2015-16 Executive Budget
Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci appeared at the public hearing on the Public Protection portion of the 2015-16 Executive Budget, held by the State Legislature's fiscal committees on February 26, 2015. The Commissioner presented testimony on the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins April 1, 2015.
Women's Health CareThe Department released a fact sheet outlining several important aspects of women's health care policies. The fact sheet is not meant to be inclusive, but rather compliment our agency policies involving a few of the most important reproductive health care policies.
Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. DOCCS TV Studio staff provided several days of video production assistance to the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) staff by filming offsite at a local high school followed by further video editing at the Albany Training Academy. OPDV produced a four minute video that was distributed to schools throughout New York and can be watched here. For more information about Teen Dating Violence and how you can get involved, click here.
44th Annual Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Conference
DOCCS personnel tended to an informational booth at the 44th Annual Legislative Conference held by the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. The conference was held from February 13th to 15th in Albany, NY. The annual statewide event allows The Association to raise scholarship funds for the educational advancement of African American, Hispanic, and other minority youth. This year’s theme was “United we Stand!”
“Voices From Within” Video Aims to Teach Youth About Gun Violence
A video project aimed at deterring young people from engaging in gun violence was recently unveiled at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, the same prison where inmates took part in the video. READ MORE.
DOCCS Celebrates Black History Month in Central Office
DOCCS staff at Central Office recently took time to celebrate Black History Month. READ MORE.
NYC Parole Region Hosts Employment Resource Fair
On a recent winter day, Community Supervision personnel in the NYC region hosted an Employment Resource Fair for over 50 individuals currently under supervision who were seeking services which could lead to permanent employment. READ MORE.
Six Puppies United With War Veterans Following Puppies Behind Bars Graduation
Bedford Hills Correctional Facility recently held its latest Puppies Behind Bars graduation ceremony. READ MORE.
Governor Cuomo announces more than 9,400 hired through Work for Success program
New York Program Leads the Nation in Employment Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated IndividualsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 9,400 formerly incarcerated individuals have been hired through the Work for Success program since its implementation in February 2012. READ MORE.
Green Haven Inmates Laughed to "Midnight"
Green Haven inmates recently performed two nights of theater for facility staff, inmates and the DOCCS Executive Team. READ MORE.
DOCCS, DOH, & HRC Announce New Opioid Program to Address Growing Crisis
DOCCS is training inmates on how to address opioid overdoses in hopes to save lives. READ MORE.
Update: DOCCS Switches to NY ApplesMore New York State grown apples are being sent to prison. READ MORE
Former Fulton Correctional Facility Officially Becomes Reentry Center
The former Fulton Correctional Facility is now the home to a new reentry center overseen by the Osborne Association. During a ceremony held January 29th the Osborne Association officially became the owners of the former Fulton facility. The group will convert the building into a reentry center offering interim housing, social services and job training for individuals leaving New York jails and prisons. Citing lower crime and a declining prison population, Fulton was one of 13 prisons Governor Cuomo ordered closed since taking office in 2011. The Osborne Association is a great partner of DOCCS as they oversee the very successful and effective Family Works program. Acting DOCCS Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci attended and spoke at the ceremony held in the Bronx.
Corcraft Employee Wins National Award for Excellent Work
Corcraft employee, Nancy Abraham, wins national award, will be honored at April banquet in Indianapolis by the National Correctional Industries Association. READ MORE.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Food Drive at Orleans Correctional Facility
Orleans Correctional Facility took part in their annual Martin Luther King, Jr. food drive hosted by the facility's Diversity Management committee. Members of each union were encouraged to have friendly competition to see who could donate the most food. A total of 614 servings and 188 pounds of food was donated to the Orleans Community Action, a non-profit organization that helps provide food, shelter and clothing to less fortunate people in Orleans County. Management Confidential employees teamed up with Council 82 and brought in the most servings with 324 followed by Public Employees Federation (PEF) with 239, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) with 45, and New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) with 6.
Cardinal Dolan Joins Acting Commissioner Annucci at Eastern's Bard College Graduation
Both Acting DOCCS Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci and Cardinal Dolan recently spoke at a Bard College commencement ceremony at the Eastern NY Correctional facility. READ MORE
DOCCS Graduates 37 Parole Officers
DOCCS celebrated the graduation of 37 Parole Officer Recruits on January 23rd, marking the second class in the last two years. The officers, having completed eight weeks of classes and training, will be assigned to three weeks of on-the-job training to work out of several bureaus located in New York City. Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci delivered the keynote address. The ceremony concluded with a video presentation of their eight weeks of training and progress at DOCCS.
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.