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The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, guided by the Departmental Mission, is responsible for the confinement and habilitation of approximately 53,000 individuals under custody held at 54 state facilities and 36,000 parolees supervised throughout seven regional offices.

Operation Halloween Targets Sex Offenders Under Supervision

For the tenth consecutive year, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will impose special conditions and closely monitor supervised sex offenders to ensure the safety of children on Halloween. Read More.

Department Awards Four Medals of Honor and Three Medals of Merit to Employees for Heroic Actions
October 27, 2015

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci handed out Medals of Honor and Medals of Merit to seven Department employees for their courageous actions in 2014 today at the Albany Training Academy. Upon the conclusion of today's ceremony, DOCCS' has awarded 52 Medals of Honor and 121 Medals of Merit since the awards program began in 1984. Read More.

Eastern NY Debate Team Making Headlines After Defeating Harvard

The debate team at Eastern NY Correctional Facility continues to make headlines weeks after they defeated Harvard in a debate about immigration and schools. The team is comprised of three inmates, at Eastern NY, all of whom are enrolled in the Bard Prison Initiative. For more on the debate team's victory, 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.

More than 12,000 Successfully Pass Correction Officer Trainee Exam (#25831)

On January 10, 2015 approximately 14,489 men and women took the most recent DOCCS Correction Officer Trainee Exam (#25831) with 12,123 passing the test and being placed on a list for hire. Those who took the exam and wish to find out their grade can do so here on the state's Civil Service website. This was the third straight exam where the number of people passing was higher than the previous year. Eligible candidates for hire can expect to hear from the agency within 4-6 months for the preliminary interview stages. Candidates who qualify can expect to start The Albany Training Academy this winter. Anyone who successfully passed the exam but is disqualified, following the preliminary interview, due to any reason will be notified by mail. Additional questions can be answered by calling the DOCCS' Employee Investigation Unit at 518-485-9500. No future exams have been scheduled at this time.

Department of Health Review of Policies and Practices

In accordance with Public Health Law 206(26), the New York State Health Department will conduct a review of policies and practices of State correctional facilities regarding HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C prevention and treatment. The public, including patients, their families, and advocates, are invited to provide relevant information to the Department of Health (DOH). Interested parties may provide relevant information in writing via e-mail to, or information may be mailed to DOCCS Review, P.O. Box 2112, Empire Plaza Station, Albany, NY 12220. Information must be received no later than November 13, 2015 in order to be considered in the DOH review. Please note, this review pertains to HIV and hepatitis C only.

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

To further enhance the Department’s reentry efforts, a set of protocols developed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been created to educate the inmate population on which steps are necessary to allow newly released individuals to apply for a learner’s permit, driver’s license or non-driver ID. The flyer can be found here.

Employee Benefit Programs

Work-Life Services provides New York State employees with a comprehensive network of resources to address their work, home, and life issues. Detailed information about these negotiated benefits is available at and through program-specific telephone numbers and websites.

NYS-Balance, a confidential resource and referral service for NYS employees, offers monthly webinars  .

Additionally, we are pleased to share “Benefits of the NYS Peer Employee Assistance EAP”  with you. This document describes the many benefits of the NYS EAP peer model and the wide range of EAP services available to both employees and agencies.

Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account for the 2014 plan year have until March 31, 2015 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. For more information, log onto or call 1-800-358-7202.

New York State offers its executive branch employees pre-retirement planning information through both online resources and Directions seminars. If you are eligible to retire in five years and have not previously attended a Directions: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar, you are eligible to attend. Please contact your agency Human Resources Office to let your agency liaison know of your interest. You must be registered by your agency and have a confirmation notice in order to attend. For pre-retirement planning information including the Self Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning and 22 short videos, visit

If you need care during the summer for a school-age child, please see the attached flyer about the NYS worksite child care centers which provide quality, full-day camp programs. For information about other summer programs, please contact your EAP coordinator or call NYS-Balance at (866) 320-4760. If you are paying for child care for a child under age 13 in order to work and have not already done so, consider enrolling in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount). Visit or call (800) 358-7202, and choose option 2 to talk with us about your eligibility for the employer contribution and how this valuable, money-saving benefit could help you with camp expenses. For additional details on the 33 worksite child care centers, please visit or send email to

The Governor's Office of Employee Relations has announced the NYS-Balance topic for October 2015: Heads Up - Tips for Better Brain Health. The corresponding monthly webinar, Know the 10 Signs , will be offered on Thursday, October 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The flyer featuring the topic and webinar is attached in both a graphic and plain text version to comply with accessibility requirements.

Each month, NYS-Balance features a new topic on the website. A corresponding webinar, multiple online resources, and free educational materials can be accessed anytime by calling the toll-free number, (866) 320-4760 (TTY/TTD (866) 228-2809), or by logging in to the website at The username is nys and the password is balance.

  • The NYS-Balance topic for October 2015 is Heads Up - Tips for Better Brain Health. The corresponding monthly webinar, Know the 10 Signs, will be offered on Thursday, October 15, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register, log in to (username: nys and password: balance) where you will find the registration link in the center of the homepage. You must register in advance. If the time of the live webinar does not coincide with your approved lunch or scheduled break time, you can access the archived webinar from home or during another lunch or scheduled break time approved by your supervisor.
  • Understanding Dementia. Dementia is a generic term that is used to describe a variety of symptoms of brain failure. It is a disorder that affects a person's ability to think, move, reason, and remember. There are many causes of brain failure or dementia. Others involve losses, such as death, divorce, or illness. To learn more about the causes, type Dementia into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Articles, and click on Understanding Dementia.
  • What Can You Do To Protect Your Brain? While the thought of diminished brain health is frightening, there is something you can do about it! See what you can do about it now by typing Brain Health into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Articles, and click on What Can You Do To Protect Your Brain?
  • Practical Strategies in Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's/Dementia. Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia can be rewarding and frustrating at the same time. In this online seminar, learn how Alzheimer's and dementia change behavior and develop effective strategies to use in responding to those changes. Type Dementia into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Online Seminars, and click on Practical Strategies in Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer's/Dementia.
  • Alzheimer's Disease Quiz. How savvy are you about Alzheimer's? To take this quiz and see how much you know, type Brain Health into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Resources, and click on Alzheimer's Disease Quiz.