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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.

Former Inmate Brings Off Broadway Play Back to Otisville Where It All Began

Former Otisville Correctional Facility inmate, Joseph Assadourian, will bring his one man play “The Bullpen” back to the correctional facility where he first performed the show. On March 26th, Assadourian will perform the play for current inmates at Otisville and take questions following the performance. The performance will take place a year and a half after Assadourian was paroled. The play “The Bullpen” has received numerous accolades as an Off Broadway Play in New York City including a New York Times critic calling the play “wildly funny.”

Coxsackie Correctional Facility Staff Makes A Difference With Toys

The Make a Difference Day Committee from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility recently joined doctors from Columbia Memorial Pediatrics in Catskill to donate teddy bears and games for young patients. Read More.

"Latinos in Progress" Inmate Organization Donates To Charity

A group of inmates at the Mohawk Correctional Facility recently donated several hundred dollars to a local rescue mission. Read More.

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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.