Ministerial, Family and Volunteer Services


PROGRAMS



CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS

Description

Children’s Play Areas are a separate part of the Visiting Room where the inmate and family members can go with their child to play with a variety of toys, puzzles or watch a video. This area of the Visiting Room is meant for the inmate to share some time with his/her child or children.

Goals

To encourage family interaction, particularly between children and the person who is in
prison.

Locations

Children’s Play Areas are in all facilities except Camps, Shock and Work Release.

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FAMILY REUNION PROGRAM

Description

The Family Reunion Program provides approved inmates and their families the opportunity to meet for a designated period of time in a private home-like setting.

Goals

Disqualifying conditions include when the inmate:

Special reviews are required to determine eligibility in the following cases:

  1. Central Monitoring Case classification
  2. Conviction of a sexual offense
  3. Outstanding warrant
  4. Crime is against elderly, family member or child
  5. Conviction of a heinous/unusual crime
  6. Attempted escape or escape
  7. Returned Parole Violator
  8. Domestic Violence of Order of Protection
  9. Diagnosed with a communicable disease
  10. Special Programs

Length of FRP visit

Varies per facility.

Locations

Albion
Attica
Auburn
Bedford Hills
Clinton
Collins
Eastern
Elmira
Fishkill
Great Meadow
Green Haven
Shawangunk
Sing Sing
Sullivan
Wallkill
Wende
Washington (at Great Meadow)
Woodbourne (at Sullivan)
Downstate Cadre (@ Fishkill and Green Haven)
Southport Cadre (@ Elmira)
Taconic (at Bedford Hills)
Ulster Cadre (@ Eastern)
 
 

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FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAMS

Description

Family Services Programs are multi-faceted programs which may be provided by outside agencies contracted by the Department, facility staff and/or community volunteers.

The programs include the following elements:

Goals

To enrich and strengthen family relationships in anticipation of the inmate’ s eventual return to the community and to strengthen bonds between parent and child.

Length

Varies according to each program.

Admission Requirements

Locations

Located at various facilities throughout the State.

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MINISTERIAL SERVICES

Description

Ministerial Services are provided through religious programs and practices that are delivered at each facility each facility by Department Chaplains and approved religious volunteers. Religious programs include various worship services, and religious education classes and study groups, and a variety of special event programs such as family day ceremonies. Department Chaplains are also expected to provide pastoral care to inmates of all faith groups at each facility.

Goals

To extend to committed offenders as much spiritual assistance as possible, as well as to provide many opportunities for the practice of their chosen faith, in recognition of the First Amendment right of freedom of religion.

Admission Requirements

Participation in religious programs is voluntary. An inmate may regularly attend only the religious programs of their designated religion. However, inmates who desire to learn about the religious practices of another faith may do so by attending up to three services or study sessions per year, after consultation with the Chaplain or Staff Advisor of that faith group, or the Coordinating Chaplain.

Locations

Ministerial services are available at all facilities.

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VISITOR HOSPITALITY CENTERS

Description

Visitor Hospitality Centers provide shelter and respite for visiting families and friends of inmates prior to going into the facility. Restrooms are available, a baby changing station, lockers for storing personal belongings and information concerning rules and regulations pertaining to visitation, including packages for inmates.

Goals

The goal of the Department’s Visitor Hospitality Centers is to enrich and strengthen family relationships by creating family/visitor friendly environments.

Locations

Albion
Attica
Auburn
Bare Hill
Bedford Hills
Cape Vincent
Cayuga
Clinton-Annex
Clinton Main
Collins
Coxsackie
Elmira
Fishkill
Franklin
Gouverneur
Gowanda
Great Meadow
Greene
Groveland
Hudson
Lakeview
Marcy
Mid-State
Mohawk
Ogdensburg
Orleans
Riverview
Sing Sing
Southport
Washington
Watertown
Wende
Wyoming
 

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VOLUNTEER SERVICES PROGRAM

Description

The Volunteer Services Program is designed to assess the Department's need for programs and services which can be provided by qualified community persons who will be trained and oriented to work in a correctional environment. The unit is responsible for the overall Volunteer Services Program, which includes volunteer recruitment, orientation and program evaluation, in addition to providing advisement and assistance to facility staff responsible for the day-to-day management and supervision of facility volunteer activities.

Facility staff must manage facility volunteer records, screen prospective volunteers and provide supervision to individual volunteers and volunteer programs. Volunteers are involved in a variety of religious and self help programs including but not limited to:

Various Religious Workshops and Religious Education Classes including:

Goals

Length

Varies according to program.

Admission Requirements

Interest in and the qualifications needed for the program being offered.

Locations

Volunteer Services programs and services are available at all facilities. The Division has fourteen Supervisors of Volunteer Services located across the state. Most have responsibility for several facilities. Each facility has a Volunteer Services Contact Person managing the facility volunteer program and volunteer Program Staff Supervisors responsible for specific volunteers and volunteer activities.

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