Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

Special Subjects


PROGRAMS



ART/HANDICRAFTS AND MUSIC

Description

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.

Goals

Length

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Job Titles

Recreation Aids
Inmate Program Associate

Locations

At various facilities throughout the state; as staffing allows.

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INMATE ORGANIZATIONS

Description

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;

Goals

Inmate Organizations are designed to encourage an inmate's participation in community organizations upon reentry to society through:

Admission Requirements

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.

Locations

All facilities

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RECREATION

Description

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.

Goals

Length

Programs are available throughout the year. Information should be obtained from the Special Subjects Supervisor or Recreation Program Leader 2.

Admission Requirements

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.

Job Titles

Gymnasium Porters
Recreation Aids
Sports Officials

Locations

All facilities.

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SPECIAL EVENTS PROGRAM

Description

Facility Special Event Programs include Facility Family Day Picnics; Religious, Ethnic, Cultural and Holiday Celebrations; and community volunteer presentations and entertainment programs.

Goals

To strengthen community and family ties;
Recognize individual and group achievements.

Length

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.

Admission Requirements

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.

Location

All facilities

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YOUTH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Description

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.

Goals

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.

Length

To be determined by the facility administration.

Admission Requirements

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.

Locations

Attica
Auburn
Bedford Hills
Collins
Eastern
Fishkill
Five Points
Gouverneur
Great Meadow
Green Haven
Greene
Orleans
Otisville
Riverview
Shawangunk
Sing Sing
Sullivan
 

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