Documents of interest to the public
The documents listed below may be of interest to anyone who may need to understand certain activities of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. These documents were prepared by the Department to provide general information or guidance to assist regulated parties in complying with any statute, rule or other legal requirement.
Listing of Directives containing general information about each Correctional Facility.
Sets forth the Department's policies on media access to information, facilities, employees and inmates.
Establishes the guidelines and procedures by which research is to be authorized and conducted, in accordance with the Department's policy to promote research in the field of corrections and to support professional studies involving Departmental operations, inmates, and staff.
Outlines responsibilities and procedures for access to and release of Department records, defined as any record, statistic or other information collected, obtained and maintained by the Department or its officers and employees acting in their official capacity, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Law.
Establishes procedures for the collection and repayment of money due from inmates as a result of advances or obligations.
Provides information concerning:
- the prevention of INMATE-ON-INMATE sexual abuse and sexual threats;
- the prevention of, detection of and response to allegations of INMATE-ON-INMATE sexual abuse and sexual threats, including prompt and effective intervention to address the safety and treatment needs of an inmate victim of sexual abuse; and
- the discipline and/or prosecution of those who commit such acts of sexual abuse or sexual threats.
Provides information concerning:
- the prevention of STAFF-ON-INMATE sexual abuse, sexual threats and staff voyeurism;
- the prevention of, detection of and response to allegations of STAFF-ON-INMATE sexual abuse, sexual threats and staff voyeurism, including prompt and effective intervention to address the safety and treatment needs of an inmate victim of sexual abuse; and
- the discipline and/or prosecution of those who commit such acts of sexual abuse, sexual threats or staff voyeurism.
Outlines the responsibilities of the inmate and the intended spouse and the obligations of the Department to ensure that an intended marriage is legally acceptable.
Covers the religious rights and obligations of inmates and chaplains within New York State correctional facilities and outlines religious programs and practices within those facilities.
Establishes policies and procedures for the timely notification to an inmate of grave illness or death of a family member.
Implements Executive Law, Section 259-r., "Release on Medical Parole," outlining specific responsibilities and functions of the Department.
Provides guidelines regarding the transfer of custody and transportation of inmates deemed in need of special arrangements upon release from DOCS due to mental illness, special needs, or sensorial disability.
Sets forth the policy and guidelines for uniform operation of the Inmate Visitor Program, which gives inmates opportunities for personal contact with friends and relatives; provides guidance for Department staff, inmates, and visitors to New York State correctional facilities.
Establishes the guidelines governing inmate legal visits within a facility or institution under the control of the Department.
Establishes and details the policies and procedures governing privileged correspondence for all inmates.
Establishes and details the policies and procedures governing regular correspondence for all inmates.
Sets forth the policy and procedures for operation of the inmate "Call Home" program.
Establishes that whenever an inmate is admitted to an outside hospital, the inmate’s “emergency contact” will be notified consistent with HIPAA privacy regulations.
Establishes guidelines for the operation of facility Law Libraries and provision of legal assistance and notary public services to inmates.
Defines the responsibility of the Division of Hispanic and Cultural Affairs as carrying out the Commissioner's mandate to improve communication between Hispanic inmates, as well as other monolinguals, and employees throughout the Department's correctional facilities and details Division functions and services.
Outlines the program that allows selected inmates and their families to meet for an extended period of time in privacy.
Outlines and details the Department’s policy to encourage inmates to read legitimate publications from varied sources and sets forth the Department’s authority to review such material to ensure that it does not encourage inmates to engage in behavior that might be disruptive to orderly facility operations.
Establishes the Department's policies and procedures for the administration and supervision of the Volunteer Services Program.
Establishes the Department's policy and provides general guidelines for conducting guided tours of correctional facilities for citizens and community groups.
States the Department's strong support of and establishes guidelines for Youth Assistance Programs, which originated with inmates who desired to communicate with young people in nearby communities about the consequences of criminal behavior, thus assisting in community crime prevention efforts.
Sets forth the policy and procedures for granting and withholding merit time allowances. Inmates serving sentences for certain non-violent crimes may receive merit time reductions to their sentences provided they have achieved certain significant programmatic objectives, have not committed any serious disciplinary infractions and have not filed any frivolous lawsuits.
Sets forth the policies and procedures governing the program for nonviolent inmates whereby eligible inmates who satisfy all statutory, program and disciplinary criteria may be released to parole supervision without the necessity of a personal appearance before, and a grant of parole by, the Board of Parole.
Establishes standard guidelines for programming inmates and the basic responsibilities of each facility Program Committee Chairperson in that individual's capacity as head of the facility’s Inmate Program Committee.
Establishes the Department's policy and accompanying procedures to implement a stated ninth grade level programming requirement for inmates and to encourage inmate attainment of a high school diploma or equivalency.
Establishes the Department's policy and accompanying procedures to ensure that students with a disability will be provided access to a free appropriate public education while incarcerated in an adult correctional facility.
Establishes the Department's policy and accompanying procedures to implement employment skills training of inmates and to encourage their completion of training and pursuit of an apprenticeship, where available.
Establishes the Department’s policy and accompanying procedures governing packages and articles sent or brought to facilities and received through each facility’s package room.
Establishes the Department's policy and accompanying procedures to limit accumulations of inmates’ personal property to protect the health and safety of inmates and employees alike.
Establishes basic grooming standards (including criteria for beards, mustaches, and length of hair) for inmates.
Outlines the Department’s policy and accompanying procedures governing the acquisition, use, and disposition of inmate television sets.
Sets forth rules that apply to visits to facilities by persons not employed by the Department.
Outlines the procedures to be followed by each facility in the administration of inmate urinalysis testing to verify whether or not an inmate has used drugs and/or alcohol.
Outlines the procedures to be followed by each facility in the testing of suspected contraband drugs.
Provides guidance to superintendents and facility staff in responding to requests for Executive Clemency Reports.
Establishes a uniform procedure for voluntary transfer of incarcerated foreign nationals to home countries under treaty arrangements with the U.S. Government and in accordance with New York State Correction Law.
Outlines the Department’s Criminal Prosecution initiative to provide a coordinated approach to criminal prosecution of inmates who commit penal law violations during incarceration and establishes protocols to advance the facilitation of such prosecution.
Defines the responsibilities, functions and locations of the Division of Correctional Industries Program. Corcraft manufactures articles and goods utilizing inmate labor, and, by law, can sell only to public entities and charitable organizations.
To instruct staff on the legal requirement to advise releasees of their right to vote upon reaching the maximum expiration of their sentences or the termination of their sentences pursuant to Executive Law § 259-j.
It is the policy of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to provide the most effective supervision of parolees, in order to protect the community, reduce further victimization, decrease the opportunities for domestic violence incidents to occur, and facilitate the successful re-entry of parolees released to community supervision. This directive provides guidance to staff regarding community preparation planning and the supervision of individuals identified as domestic violence offenders and it provides directions and procedures regarding the identification, classification, and development of individualized case plans for inmate/parolees with domestic violence history/allegations. This directive also provides guidance in employing available supervision strategies in order to protect the community, reduce further victimization, decrease the opportunities for domestic violence incidents to occur, and to facilitate successful re-entry.
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