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 Announces Correction Sergeant Exam
The Correction Sergeant examination is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017. The time frame to sign up for the exam, with the New York State Department of Civil Service, is April 21, 2017 through May 24, 2017. For more on the exam announcement, click here.
Groveland Correctional Facility Celebrates 5th Annual Season for Nonviolence
Groveland Correctional Facility recently held the closing ceremony for its 5th annual observance of the Season for Nonviolence, designated as the 64 days between the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi. To read more click here.
Groveland Correctional Facility Holds Graduation Ceremonies
Groveland Correctional Facility recently held a facility graduation day for students in both the academic and vocational departments. To read more click here.
DOCCS Celebrates Women's History Month
In March, DOCCS celebrated Women's History Month by recognizing four women within the Department who have achieved excellence. The theme of this year's event was "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business". click here.
Livingston Correctional Facility Hosts "Book Showdown"
Livingston Correctional Facility recently held a "Book Showdown" led by the facility's Senior Librarian, Amy Jones. 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./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 firstname.lastname@example.org.