Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Fact Sheets

In an effort to explain new programs and services, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has generated "Fact Sheets" that summarize key points on timely topics. Fact sheets are listed in reverse chronological order.

  • Special Housing Unit Reforms Result in Dramatic Change

    The Department has posted its first update as part of the historic endeavor to reform the use of Special Housing Units (SHU) for inmate discipline. One of the highlights of the report is a 24% reduction in the number of inmates serving a sanction in a SHU cell. There are other meaningful initiatives and programs which have been implemented, several of which exceed the scope of the agreement, and are detailed in this report.

  • Women's Health Care(February, 2015)

    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.

  • Merger of Department of Correctional Services and Division of Parole (April, 2011)

    Commissioner Brian Fischer has released a Fact Sheet highlighting how the merger of DOCS and Parole came about and the manner in which the new agency, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, will operate. The document also details the Parole Board’s independence as stated in statute, and its continued responsibilities.

  • 2011 Prison Closures (January, 2010)

    The 2010-11 Executive Budget calls for the closure of three men's correctional facilities and a portion of a fourth. Under the plan, the minimum security Lyon Mountain and the minimum security portion of Butler would close by January 31, 2011, while the medium security Ogdensburg and minimum security Moriah Shock Incarceration would close by March 31, 2011 (The enacted 2010-11 State Budget calls for keeping Ogdensburg and Moriah Correctional Facilities open).

  • Occupancy, Staffing and Safety (June, 2009)

    The planned closure of three correctional camps and seven prison annexes this year has prompted debate over whether New York's State prisons are overcrowded and whether the closures will create more dangerous conditions within the prisons. A snapshot from June 1, 2009 shows New York had more than 6,000 vacant general confinement beds and more than 7,500 vacant beds altogether and had virtually unchanged in-prison assault rates this year even after two rounds of housing unit consolidations in Fall 2008.

  • 2009 Prison Closures (May, 2009)

    The Department of Correctional Services plans to close Camps Mt. McGregor, Gabriels and Pharsalia on July 1, 2009 and the annexes at Butler, Eastern, Green Haven, Groveland, Lakeview, Sullivan and Washington Correctional Facilities on October 1, 2009, in accordance with the 2009-10 State Budget (The annex at Butler, also known as Butler Minimum, was not closed as planned on October 1, 2009 but is scheduled to close January 31, 2011 – see “2011 Prison Closure” Fact Sheet).

  • 2009-10 State Budget (April, 2009)

    The 2009-10 State Budget, adopted in April 2009, makes numerous changes in the law that affect the Department of Correctional Services, including prison closure and reform of the Rockefeller Drug Laws.

  • SOMTA/Civil Management (December, 2007)

    The Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act, which took effect April 13, 2007, authorizes the civil confinement or strict post-release supervision and treatment of New York’s most dangerous sex offenders while requiring the Department of Correctional Services to expand treatment of sex offenders during their incarceration.

  • DAI Settlement (November, 2007)

    The State’s settlement of a lawsuit brought in 2002 by the public interest and advocacy organization Disability Advocates Inc., approved by a federal judge on April 27, 2007, requires enhanced treatment and more out-of-cell time for seriously mentally ill prison inmates in New York while recognizing the need to maintain safety in correctional facilities.

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