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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.

Bard Prison Initiative Wins
The Manhattan Institute's 2015 Award for Social Entrepreneurship

DOCCS congratulates the Bard Prison Initiative on being one of five winners of this years Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship by the Manhattan Institute. The award is designed to recognize entrepreneurs across the country who are working toward innovative solutions to our nation's most pressing social problems. READ MORE

Puppies Behind Bars Graduation Held At Bedford Hills Correctional Facility

Four puppies were recently let out of prison and given to their new owners following Bedford Hills Correctional Facility's most recent Dog Tags graduation ceremony. READ MORE.

NBC Feature Story On Former DOCCS Inmate Receives 4 Emmy Nominations

A Dateline feature story about a former DOCCS inmate wrongfully convicted of murder has been nominated for four Emmy awards. READ MORE.

79 Men And Women Graduate From DOCCS' Training Academy

On Friday, July 31st, DOCCS' Training Academy held its 12th graduation ceremony of 2015. READ MORE.

President Obama Aims To Restore Federal College Grants For Inmates

On Friday, July 31st, President Obama and the US Department of Education outlined a plan to offer Pell Grants to inmates seeking a college education. 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.

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 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 August 2015: The New Sandwich Generation. The corresponding monthly webinar, Strategies for Multigenerational Caregiving, will be offered on Thursday, August 20; the first one 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 August is Caught in the Middle - The New Sandwich Generation. The corresponding monthly webinar, Strategies for Multigenerational Caregiving, will be offered on Thursday, August 20, 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.
  • Alzheimer's Caregiving: How to Ask for Help. Alzheimer's caregiving is a tough job and it's difficult for one person to handle alone. No one is equipped to care for another person 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease, understand the stress you're facing - and know how to ask for help. To learn when to seek outside help, type Caregiving into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Articles, and click on Alzheimer's Caregiving: How to Ask for Help.
  • Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself. If you're like many caregivers, you have a hard time asking for help. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to feeling isolated, frustrated, and even depressed. Rather than struggle on your own, take advantage of local resources for caregivers. To learn about services in your community, type Caregiving into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Articles, and click on Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself.
  • Your Second Shift: Working and Caregiving. As the population ages, the number of workers who care for adult dependents grows. Explore the rewards and challenges of caregiving by listening to this online seminar. Type Caregiving into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Online Seminars, and click on Your Second Shift: Working and Caregiving.
  • Long Distance Caregiving for Elders. Taking care of an aging parent or loved one when you live far away can be challenging. Dealing with emergencies and day-to-day issues when your elderly loved one lives an hour or more away poses both logistical and emotional difficulties. This article explains how to assess an older relative's situation and needs, collect and store important information, access local services, and get help from others. To read this article, type Caregiving into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Legal Assist, and click on Long Distance Caregiving for Elders.