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.

DOCCS Staff at Facilities State-Wide Give Back to Their Communities

Staff at facilities across the state have recently donated their time, money, and goods to support their local communities both in the spirit of the holidays and in the spirit of paying it forward year-round. To read more, click here.

AA Corrections Connection Training Held for Wende Hub Program Services Staff

Recently, Central Office and Wende Hub Volunteer Services staff collaborated with volunteers and members of the Areas 47 and 50 delegations of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) to offer a unique training opportunity to DOCCS Program staff and potential AA volunteers. To read more, click here.

DOCCS Inmates Celebrate the Holiday Season

Inmates at correctional facilities across New York State celebrate the holidays in a variety of ways each year. To read more, click here.

Riverview and Ogdensburg Correctional Facilities Support Local Communities for the Holidays

The Make A Difference Day (MADD) Committees at Riverview and Ogdensburg Correctional Facilities worked together this holiday season to support two causes that benefit the local community. To read more, click here.

Sullivan Correctional Facility Inmates Donate to Local Organizations

The Inmate Liaison Committee (ILC) at Sullivan Correctional Facility recently raised a total of $1,000 for donation to two community agencies. To read more, click here.

All 24 DOCCS Facilities Receive National Accreditation Honors

The final 10 of the total 24 DOCCS correctional facilities, to be audited in 2017, 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.

Eastern Correctional Facility Hosts Eighth Intercollegiate Debate

The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) Debate Union recently hosted Morehouse College at Eastern Correctional Facility for BPI's eighth intercollegiate debate. To read more, click here.

Gowanda Correctional Facility Honors Native American Heritage Month

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, both staff and inmates at Gowanda Correctional Facility organized a community outreach project to benefit the local native American community. To read more, click here.

Collins and Gowanda Correctional Facilities Unveil Refurbished Quality of Work Life and Training Center

This fall, staff from both Collins and Gowanda Correctional Facilities joined together for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate their newly refurbished Quality of Work Life and Training Center (QWL). To read more, click here.

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 and Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility Staff Help 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.

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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