- Art/Handicrafts and Music
- Inmate Organizations
- Special Events Program
- Youth Assistance Programs
ART/HANDICRAFTS AND MUSIC
Music, Art and Handicraft activities exist in many of our facilities. These activities are provided in an informal setting and are usually available only during the evenings and on weekends. Inmates are encouraged to participate in these constructive leisure time activities. Waiting lists are maintained where interest exceeds available space and time.
Inmate music performances and art shows are sponsored at some facilities.
- To gain an appreciation of the visual and performing arts.
- To provide a mechanism to improve the quality of life of participants through self-expression.
- To encourage the development and maintenance of fine motor skills.
- To provide a constructive outlet for the creative abilities of our inmates and the reduction of tension that may develop within the constraints of institutional life.
- To encourage continued participation in the creative arts following reentry into the community.
Depending on the facility, programs may be available throughout the year. Further information on these programs is available from the facility Recreation Program Leader 2.
Where available, music and art programs are offered as leisure time activities on a first come, first served basis. Inquiries should be addressed to the staff person in charge.
Inmate Program Associate
At various facilities throughout the state; as staffing allows.
An inmate organization is a collective group of inmateses that has been approved to function by the Deputy Commissioner for Program Services through a formal application process. The Department encourages constructive interaction between inmates and the community. Approved Inmate Organization activities are designed to closely meet similar community organization requirements and include: Organization General Membership meetings;
- An organization executive board of inmates, elected by the organization membership;
- An organization Constitution and Bylaws, approved by thwe organization membership;
- Organization guidance provided by registered community volunteers from similar community organizations;
- Special organizational programs including cultural and other educational classes for organization members;
- Fund raising projects to provide funding of organizational activities, facility activities, and donations to community non-profit organizations or disaster relief.
Inmate Organizations are designed to encourage an inmate's participation in community organizations upon reentry to society through:
- Improving the attitudes and social development of each participant
- Stimulating growth in understanding and the responsibility of participation in community organizations upon reentry to society.
- Promoting constructive use of leisure time;
- Providing additional educational and social experiences for inmates.
Qualifications for membership in any inmate organization are set forth in the proposal for the formation of the organization.
Membership cannot be denied to any inmate on the basis of race, religion, creed, offense, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation.
Organized recreational activities include intramural team sports, competitive athletic contests with local community volunteer teams, physical fitness programs, table and board games, and scheduled movie presentations. Activities are scheduled and coordinated by a facility Recreation Program Leader.
- To promote the positive use of leisure time which encourages achievement, reduces stress, and assists in the transitional process.
- To offer a variety of recreation options during non-programmed hours which meet the needs and preferences of the inmate population and complement the facility routines of work, education, and treatment programs.
- To offer a selection of recreation activities that will encourage acceptable and productive behavior in the facility and upon return to the community.
- To encourage the team approach as a model for progress that can be transferred to other areas of school, work, and civic organizations.
- To build confidence and self worth as a necessary ingredient to personal development and success.
Programs are available throughout the year. Information should be obtained from the Special Subjects Supervisor or Recreation Program Leader 2.
The majority of programs are open to everyone and waiting lists are maintained. Programs such as boxing, football and some exercise groups require prior approval of the medical staff. A physical may be required.
SPECIAL EVENTS PROGRAM
Facility Special Event Programs include Facility Family Day Picnics; Religious, Ethnic, Cultural and Holiday Celebrations; and community volunteer presentations and entertainment programs.
To strengthen community and family ties;
Recognize individual and group achievements.
Facility Special Events are scheduled throughout the year. An Annual Facility Special Event Calendar is distributed in a manner which ensures that all inmates are informed and have access to a copy. Family Day Picnic dates are established by each facility provided adequate inmate interest exists.
Family Day Picnics: Since these are family participation events, inmates must invite guests in order to attend.
If a particular inmate's invited guests do not attend, the inmate may not participate. An inmate's invited guest will only be allowed to participate if he or she has visited the inmate at least twice in a NYS DOCCS facility during the current incarceration and is authorized for contact visits with that inmate. An exception may be made for an inmate's legal child, under the age of 18, who has not previously visited, provided that child is accompanied by an adult visitor who has met the visiting requirement.
Specific Special Events may require participation in a particular program and approval of the program staff advisor.
YOUTH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Youth Assistance Program is specifically designed to provide positive guidance and direction to at risk youth in the surrounding community from becoming involved in illegal activities or committing crimes which may lead to the Criminal Justice system. The program includes presentations by selected inmate facilitators who discuss the circumstances and behaviors that led to the inmates incarceration and the consequences of life in prison. Youth Assistance Programs are supervised by designated facility staff and held in an area of the facility as directed by the Superintendent.
To help young people by teaching and showing them how to develop positive attitudes that will help them realize that they have choices in their lifestyles and making the right choice can help them to avoid incarceration.
Designated offenders speak to youth who are interested in this specific type of initiative or those who are referred for this type of program by Social Services, Family Court, School Districts, or other community based entities.
To be determined by the facility administration.
Youth participating in this program are selected per the recommendation of appropriate community agency or representative. Inmate participants are screened and selected for assignment based upon personal interview with designated facility staff.