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About DOCCS

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.

The Late B.B. King Performed at Sing Sing

On Thanksgiving Day in 1972 the late B.B. King performed for the inmates at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility. Interested in prison reforms, King started an organization for fairer prison conditions around the country. To watch his performance at Sing Sing click here.

DOCCS' Executive Members Recognize Nurses Week

DOCCS is recognizing Nurses Week and the talented and hardworking nursing staff within the agency. READ MORE

NYU Ends First Semester At Wallkill With Celebration

An end of semester celebration took place at Wallkill Correctional Facility on May 14th, hosted by New York University (NYU). The ceremony, which featured musicians and poets from NYU's main campus, was the end result of the first successful semester of NYU's Prison Education Program at Wallkill. In February, 29 inmates started taking classes in the inaugural program which will provide an Associates of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. The Wallkill program, which takes two years to complete, closely follows NYU's core curriculum for obtaining a degree and credits earned can be used at NYU or transferred upon inmate reentry.

Three Correction Officers Recognized At Albion Correctional Facility

Superintendent Zenzen hands out her first awards at Albion Correctional Facility. 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 and the new telephone number is (718) 780-9316.

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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.

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 www.worklife.ny.gov 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 www.flexspend.ny.gov 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 www.worklife.ny.gov/preretirement.

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 www.flexspend.ny.gov 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 www.worklife.ny.gov or send email to worklife@goer.ny.gov.

The Governorís Office of Employee Relations has announced the NYS-Balance topic for May 2015: Sign On the Dotted Line - Essential documents for everyone. The corresponding monthly webinar, Estate Planning: Five Essential Documents, will be offered on Thursday, May 21 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 www.nysbalance.ny.gov. The username is nys and the password is balance.

  • The NYS-Balance topic for May is Sign On the Dotted Line - Essential documents for everyone. The corresponding monthly webinar, Estate Planning: Five Essential Documents, will be offered on Thursday, May 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register, log in to www.nysbalance.ny.gov (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.
  • What are Advance Directives? Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to put in writing what kind of health care you would want or to name someone who can speak for you if you become too ill to speak for yourself. To read more about these documents, type health care proxy into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Articles and click on What are Advance Directives?
  • Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for Health Care: How They Work. If you're like most people, you aren't eager to spend time thinking about what would happen if you became unable to direct your own medical care because of illness, an accident, or advanced age. But if you don't do at least a little bit of planning - writing down your wishes about the kinds of treatment you do or don't want to receive and naming someone you trust to oversee your care - these important matters could wind up in the hands of estranged family members, doctors, or sometimes even judges, who may know very little about what you would prefer. Do you want to know more about these documents? Type Living Will into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Articles, and click on Living Wills and Powers of Attorney for Health Care: How They Work.
  • Getting Your Affairs in Order. No one ever plans to be sick or disabled. Yet, it's just this kind of planning that can make all the difference in an emergency. Learn the steps to getting your affairs in order by typing the words Living Will into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Articles, click on View all, and then on Getting Your Affairs in Order.