Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

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

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2012

DOCCS UPDATES VISITATION REGULATIONS

Updated Visitation Regulations Published Today in NYS Register; Scheduled to Take Effect on October 1, 2012

ALBANY � Updated New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) prison facility visitation regulations were published today in the New York State Register. In accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act, DOCCS Commissioner Brian Fischer, on March 13th, filed a Notice of Adoption of visitation regulation changes with NYS Department of State. The updated visitation regulations will go into effect on October 1, 2012.

Commissioner Fischer’s action followed a required 45-day comment period on the proposed visitation regulations changes. The changes cover the Department’s policies for its Visitation Program and related standards of inmate conduct, including disciplinary actions for inmates who violate the regulations and visiting sanctions for visitors who engage in misconduct.

"Visitation is a very important aspect of ensuring that inmates remain connected to their families and loved ones, and we know that it can help them adjust to their incarceration, serve their time productively and prepare for re-entry into the community," said DOCCS Commissioner Brian Fischer. "These updated visitation regulations will enhance this important program, while also strengthening the safety and security of our facilities."

As outlined in a new brochure (see attached), the updated visitation process includes the appropriate Department response for the few inmates and visitors who violate the visiting rules, and will enhance the benefits to the many that use their visiting privileges in a positive way.

Effective October 1, 2012, all adult visitors will be required to present photo identification when being processed to visit an inmate in DOCCS. A photograph will also be taken of each adult visitor, which will be filed in the DOCCS visitor identification system.

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is responsible for the care, custody and treatment of individuals sentenced to state prison and for working with them to ensure their successful re-entry into the community. The Department operates 60 correctional facilities (including the Willard Drug Treatment Campus and the Edgecombe Residential Drug Treatment facility) and oversees 38 community supervision (parole) field offices across the state. DOCCS currently provides care, custody and supervision of approximately 95,000 individuals:56,000 in custody in correctional and drug treatment facilities and 39,000 under post-release community supervision.