Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

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.

Please find the NYSDOCCS current Factsheet.

Secure Vendor Package Pilot Program

NYSDOCCS will begin a pilot Secure Vendor Program at Greene, Green Haven and Taconic Correctional Facilities on December 04, 2017. The goals of the Department’s Secure Vendor Program are to offer, through approved vendors E-Ford Commissary, www.efordcommissary.com, Keefe, www.nypackages.com, and Union Supply group, www.NYinmatepackage.com , JL Marcus, https://jlmarcuscatalog.com, Walkenhorst, https://walkenhorsts.com, a variety of food and articles at competitive pricing for inmates, their families and friends; while maintaining security, and providing an efficient operation. The remaining three approved vendor links will be added as they become available.

The new DIRECTIVE # 4911A – Inmate Packages will replace Directive 4911, “Packages & Articles Sent or Brought to Facilities,” at the three designated pilot facilities. Directive 4911 will continue to be in effect at the Department’s 51 other facilities.

DOCCS intends on fully implementing the Secure Vendor Program statewide by the Fall of 2018. The DOCCS website will be updated prior to the Department adding any additional facilities to the pilot program as inmates being housed at these pilot facilities will be governed by Directive #4911A.

In accordance with Directive #4911A, family and friends of inmates may order three packages per month and an additional three packages may be ordered by the inmate for a total of six packages per month with the following restrictions:
• The total weight of a package (including packaging) may not exceed 30 pounds as calculated by the vendor.
• The total weight of food items may not exceed 8 pounds per package as calculated by the vendor.

It is important to note that as of January 2, 2018, inmates at the pilot facilities may only receive packages directly from an approved vendor with the exception of a wedding ring, release clothing, and non-electric musical instruments from their family. Any other items received in these packages, from non-approved vendors, will be considered contraband. These packages must be sent to the facility by the inmate’s family and must bear the name and return address of the sender. Release clothing sent by family can only be received through the facility Package Room within two weeks of the inmate’s release date. Under no circumstances will packages be accepted from a visitor or dropped off at the facility, please refer to Directive # 4911A, “Inmate Packages,” on the Department’s website, www.doccs.ny.gov.

For further information, inmates at the three pilot facilities who are in Special Housing Units (SHU), inmates on "loss of package" sanctions, "reception", or "in-transit" status, Shock, Drug Treatment Centers, CASAT, FRP and Work Release Centers, should contact the facility for information specific to these special populations.

The package restrictions outlined in Directive # 4921, “Inmate Television Sets,” will not be in effect at the designated facilities participating in the Secure Vendor Program.

Packages for the Family Reunion Program will continue in accordance with Directive #4500, “Family Reunion Program,” and the facility’s local policy.

Important VINE Notification

From 4 a.m. until approximately 2:00 pm on Wednesday, December 13, the statewide VINE service will be undergoing system upgrades. During that time, VINE will be unavailable for offender searches, registrations and notifications. VINE notifications will resume as soon as the upgrades have been completed. If you are a victim or victim's family member with questions about an offender's custody status, please call the Department's Office of Victim Assistance toll-free at 1-800-783-6059 for information.

Correction Officer Trainee Exam Date Announced

In an effort to maintain safety and security in New York State prisons, the New York State Department of Civil Service will hold a competitive Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee, both English- and Spanish-speaking, statewide on February 3, 2018.

The deadline to sign up for the exam is December 13th, 2017!

The test is administered through the New York State Department of Civil Service. A link to the exam announcement is here.

Correction Officers also receive a health insurance program, benefits package, retirement program and multiple opportunities to grow within the Department. For any questions on the exam please contact the New York State Department of Civil Service at 518-457-9375.

Queensboro Correctional Facility Superintendent Honored with Department of Health Commissioner's Special Recognition Award

On December 5, 2017, Queensboro Correctional Facility Superintendent, Dennis Breslin, was awarded with a Special Achievement Award during the New York State Department of Health's World AIDS Day event held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center. To read more, click here.

Eastern Correctional Facility Hosts Bard College Conservatory Orchestra

Eastern Correctional Facility recently welcomed the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra for a concert conducted by Bard College President, Leon Botstein. To read more, click here.

Cayuga Correctional Facility Staff Help Feed Local Families in Need

Cayuga Correctional Facility staff recently gave back to their local community in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday. To read more, click here.

Cardinal Dolan Delivers Thanksgiving Week Mass at Green Haven Correctional Facility for 50th Anniversary of Chapel of St. Paul

On November 20th, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, delivered a mass at the Green Haven Correctional Facility in Dutchess County. Cardinal Dolan performs mass at least twice a year in New York State prisons. To read more, click here.

Cape Vincent Correctional Facility Staff Donate Winter Clothes to Local Children in Need

The Make A Difference Day Committee at Cape Vincent Correctional Facility recently held a Coat and Boot Drive to benefit five local elementary schools in the Cape Vincent community. To read more, click here.

Gowanda Correctional Facility Hosts Book Showdown Challenge

Gowanda Correctional Facility recently hosted its popular Book Showdown Challenge, a competition among teams of inmates who prepare for the competition by reading a number of books and answering trivia-style questions about the readings. To read more, click here.

Juvenile Justice Author Visits Greene and Hudson Correctional Facilities

Author Jean Trounstine and the subject of her book, Karter Reed, recently visited Greene and Hudson Correctional Facilities to speak to inmates about Trounstine's book, Boy With A Knife: A Story of Murder, Remorse, and a Prisoner's Fight for Justice. To read more, click here.

Groveland Correctional Facility Inmates Give Back to Local Community

Inmates at Groveland Correctional Facility recently supported the local community in two very impactful ways. To read more, click here.

Groveland Correctional Facility Hosts Sporting Events for Inmate Athletes

Groveland Correctional Facility recently offered two exciting events for inmate athletes. To read more, click here.

Women in Corrections Committee Gathers at Wende

The Wende Hub of Women in Corrections and Community Supervision (WICCS) recently hosted their 13th annual training day. To read more, click here

DOCCS Staff Honor Make A Difference Day Through Community Outreach

The Make A Difference Day Committees at correctional facilities across the state plan programs and fundraisers throughout the year to give back to the local community in a variety of ways. To read more, click here.

For more DOCCS NEWS

Youth Pardon Program

As of December 21, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo is offering executive pardons to New Yorkers convicted of non-violent crimes at ages 16 and 17 who have been crime free for a minimum of ten years since their offense. For individuals who receive this pardon, the New York State Office of Court Administration has stated that it will restrict public access to criminal history records, meaning that they will not be available to private employers, landlords or other companies that seek this information. To learn more, and to find out if you are eligible for this relief, please go to the following website and click the Pardons tab.

Pro Bono Clemency Program

To assist individuals in applying for clemency, Governor Cuomo is partnering with several organizations from the legal community to provide free clemency petition services to individuals incarcerated by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Although individuals may apply for clemency without the assistance of an attorney, free assistance from one will enhance the quality of an inmate's application and present his or her best case to the Governor. To learn more about this process please contact the Executive Clemency Bureau at PardonsAndCommutations@doccs.ny.gov

New Location for Brooklyn Community Supervision Office

The Brooklyn Area Community Supervision Office has re-located to 15 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

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.

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./p>

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 2016 plan year have until March 31, 2017 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. 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.



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