Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Brian Fischer, Commissioner (DOCCS)

DOCCS Contact: Peter K. Cutler, 518-457-8182peter.cutler@doccs.ny.gov

Tuesday, March 15, 2012

DOCCS PUBLISHES UPDATED DEPARTMENT FACT SHEET

Fact Sheet Provides Regularly Updated Statistical Information on Department Operations

ALBANY - The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision today distributed a fact sheet that provides statistical information on a variety of issues, including prison safety, security staff employment and inmate population.

The fact sheet will be posted on the DOCCS homepage (http://www.doccs.ny.gov/ then click the Current Agency Fact Sheet link in the upper right hand section of the page) and it will be updated twice every month (on the 1st and 15th of each month, or the closest business day to each of those dates).

The fact sheet is designed to provide accurate, reliable and easily accessible information regarding DOCCS operations. Recently, a New York City-based public relations firm has been distributing press releases on behalf of its client, the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), regarding inmate-on-staff assaults in various DOCCS facilities.

In these press releases, the New York City-based public relations firm asserts that "Despite the decrease in the inmate population, working in New York's corrections system is less safe today than it was four years ago." And yet, as the DOCCS fact sheet proves, 2011 marked the lowest year in four years for inmate-on-staff assaults and the Department experienced a 39% decrease in inmate-on-staff assaults for the first two months of 2012 versus the first two months of 2011 (56 in 2012 vs.92 in 2011).

Ironically, NYSCOPBA President Donn Rowe has been quoted in several of these New York City-generated press releases stating, "As the overall prison population declines, and as the prison system is 'right-sized,' it would only stand to reason that we should also see a decrease in these incidents." Based on the statistical data contained in the DOCCS fact sheet, Mr. Rowe is correct.