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.
Otisville Correctional Facility Welcomes President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Jeremy Travis, President of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Psychology Professor, Preeti Chauhan, recently visited Otisville Correctional Facility to lead a learning exchange for students. To read more click here.
Otisville Correctional Facility Staff Attend Burial of Korean War Soldier
On November 10, 2016, just prior to Veterans Day, Private First Class William Vito Giovanniello was laid to rest in Port Jervis, New York, 65 years after losing his life in the Korean War. To read more click here.
Acting Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners Receive Honors
In November, the New York State Minorities in Criminal Justice, Inc. (NYSMICJ) celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a gala in Albany. To read more click here
Shawangunk Correctional Facility Hosts Chappaqua Orchestra
Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci and Supervising Superintendent Kathleen G. Gerbing from Otisville Correctional Facility recently joined staff and inmates at Shawangunk Correctional Facility for a performance by the Chappaqua Orchestra. To read more click here.
Nine DOCCS Facilities Receive National Accreditation Honors
The remaining nine DOCCS correctional facilities, audited in 2016, have successfully became reaccredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Each correctional facility, and other components of DOCCS, continue to be nationally accredited tri-annually by the ACA. To read more click here.
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.
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.
End of contract language for NYS-Balance:
The contract for the NYS-Balance resource and referral service, jointly funded by the State and the unions, expires on December 31, 2015. If you need information or assistance related to resources and referrals, please contact the NYS Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at (800) 822-0244 (24/7) or email@example.com. You will be connected with an EAP coordinator who will be able to provide you with customized resources and referrals for a wide range of issues including work, family, daily life, finances, health and well-being, mental health, addiction, and stress. A list of EAP coordinators is available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.nysbalance.ny.gov. 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 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.
- 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.