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

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

Monday, October 1, 2012

UPDATED DOCCS VISITATION REGULATIONS IMPLEMENTATED AT ALL DEPARTMENT FACILITIES

Updated visitation regulations, adopted in March 2012, take effect today

ALBANY – Updated New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) prison facility visitation regulations, first published in June 2011 in the New York State Register, have today gone into effect at 60 DOCCS facilities. 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.

Commissioner Fischer’s action followed a required 45-day public 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 the new regulations (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.

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 94,000 individuals: 56,000 in custody in correctional and drug treatment facilities and 38,000 under post-release community supervision.

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