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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.

Acting Commissioner Annucci Testifies on 2015-16 Executive Budget

Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci appeared at the public hearing on the Public Protection portion of the 2015-16 Executive Budget, held by the State Legislature's fiscal committees on February 26, 2015. The Commissioner presented testimony on the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision's proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins April 1, 2015.

Women's Health Care

The Department released a fact sheet outlining several important aspects of women's health care policies. The fact sheet is not meant to be inclusive, but rather compliment our agency policies involving a few of the most important reproductive health care policies.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. DOCCS TV Studio staff provided several days of video production assistance to the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) staff by filming offsite at a local high school followed by further video editing at the Albany Training Academy. OPDV produced a four minute video that was distributed to schools throughout New York and can be watched here. For more information about Teen Dating Violence and how you can get involved, click here.

44th Annual Black and Puerto Rican Legislative Conference

DOCCS personnel tended to an informational booth at the 44th Annual Legislative Conference held by the NYS Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators. The conference was held from February 13th to 15th in Albany, NY. The annual statewide event allows The Association to raise scholarship funds for the educational advancement of African American, Hispanic, and other minority youth. This year’s theme was “United we Stand!”



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

The Governor's Office of Employee Relations has announced the NYS-Balance topic for February 2015 - "Financial Fitness - How to live lean." The corresponding monthly webinar, Financial Fitness: Living Within a Realistic Budget, is scheduled for Thursday, February 19, 2015, 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 February is Financial Fitness - How to live lean. The corresponding monthly webinar, Financial Fitness: Living Within a Realistic Budget, is scheduled for Thursday, February 19 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.
  • Ten Ways to Cut Your Debt Now. For many, the decision to get out of debt is preceded by weeks, months, or possibly years of worry about these obligations. But it is important to know that getting rid of debt can actually start with some very small steps and strategies that you can begin today. To read the ten steps, type Getting out of debt into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down, and click on Ten Ways to Cut Your Debt Now.
  • Forty Financial Calculators. No more figuring out lengthy or complicated calculations by hand! These financial calculators will allow you to get answers and explore different options with regards to home financing, personal financing, investments, and retirement. To use these calculators, type Getting out of debt into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to calculators, and click on Financial Calculators.