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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.

2015 National Women's History Month Celebration

Women's History Month was celebrated at DOCCS with a brief presentation on March 25th followed by an award ceremony. Four female employees from across the state were honored for representing the very best of the Department. The event began with a reading of the proclamation issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. READ MORE.

National Volunteer Week

This year, National Volunteer Week is scheduled for April 12-18, 2015, and the theme designated by the Points of Light Foundation is Volunteers: A Work of “Heart.” To view this years poster, click here.

Former Inmate Brings Off Broadway Play Back to Otisville Where It All Began

Former Otisville Correctional Facility inmate, Joseph Assadourian, will bring his one man play “The Bullpen” back to the correctional facility where he first performed the show. On March 26th, Assadourian will perform the play for current inmates at Otisville and take questions following the performance. The performance will take place a year and a half after Assadourian was paroled. The play “The Bullpen” has received numerous accolades as an Off Broadway Play in New York City including a New York Times critic calling the play “wildly funny.”

Coxsackie Correctional Facility Staff Makes A Difference With Toys

The Make a Difference Day Committee from the Coxsackie Correctional Facility recently joined doctors from Columbia Memorial Pediatrics in Catskill to donate teddy bears and games for young patients. Read More.

"Latinos in Progress" Inmate Organization Donates To Charity

A group of inmates at the Mohawk Correctional Facility recently donated several hundred dollars to a local rescue mission. READ MORE.


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 March 2015: Get It Together – Make your disaster plan. The corresponding monthly webinar, Practical Strategies to Stay Safe, is scheduled for Thursday, March19, 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 March is Get It Together – Make your disaster plan. The corresponding monthly webinar, Practical Strategies to Stay Safe, is scheduled for Thursday, March 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.
  • Disaster Planning Basics: Why Prepare? Being prepared can reduce the fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. The need to prepare is real as disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. To learn how you can prepare, type Disaster Planning into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Articles, click on View all and then on Disaster Planning Basics: Why Prepare?
  • Property Inventory Checklist. Floods, fires, earthquakes, and other natural disasters can wreak havoc with your personal life, including your finances. Use this tool to create an inventory of your personal property. To get the checklist, type Disaster Planning into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Resources, click on Property Inventory Checklist, and then again to open the Checklist.
  • Five New Handbooks. NYS-Balance recently introduced five new online Handbooks: Childcare, Financial Basics, Elder Care, Pet Care, and Wellness Basics. To read one of these electronic Handbooks, type Handbooks into the search box in the upper right hand corner of the NYS-Balance homepage, scroll down to Handbooks, and click on the one you wish to read. After clicking on a specific title, you will also find a link allowing you to view the Handbook as an e-book on your iPad or Kindle.