Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

About DOCCS

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, guided by the Departmental Mission, is responsible for the confinement and habilitation of approximately 48,000 individuals under custody held at 54 state facilities and 35,500 parolees supervised throughout seven regional offices.

Please find the NYSDOCCS current Factsheet.



Notice to Family and Friends of New York State Incarcerated Individuals

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is pleased to announce that the new electronic inmate Trust Account Services system is now available to all inmates statewide. click here for more information on the account system and for a money order or check deposit form you can print and complete click here

Willard Drug Treatment Campus

Willard DTC staff adopt 75 children in collaboration with the Seneca County Community Christmas Project. For more information, click here.

Wallkill Correctional Facility

Wallkill employee Nicole Rutland receives New York State Correctional Facility Superintendent's Association first educational scholarship award. To learn more, click here.

DOCCS TODAY Fall 2018 Issue

To view the Fall 2018 issue of DOCCS TODAY, or to print a copy, click here.

Edgecombe Staff Provided Thanksgiving Turkeys to the Community

During the Thanksgiving holiday, the staff of the Edgecombe Residential Treatment Facility continued their commitment to providing assistance to their neighbors in need. To read more, click here

Bare Hill Correctional Facility Raises Over $1,600 for Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York

Bare Hill Correctional Facility's Make A Difference Day Committee utilized basket raffles, bake sales, and an employee spaghetti lunch to raise funds for the Autism Alliance of Northeastern New York, Inc. For more information, click here.

Five Points Correctional Facility

Five Points Horticulture Class brightens the facility with holiday trimmings. For more information, click here.

Five Points CF Make a Difference Committee members Deb Kennett and Mandi Schultz launched a Thanksgiving Food Drive. For more information, click here.

On November 5, Five Points Correctional Facility and Willard Drug Treatment Campus held a recognition dinner for its volunteers. To read more, click here.

Groveland Correctional Facility

Groveland Correctional Facility recently held its second graduating class of the Shelter Pups and Inmate Rehabilitation and Integration Training Program (S.P.I.R.I.T). To read more, click here.

The Make a Difference Day Committee, at the Groveland Correctional Facility, recently completed a goal of decorating three non-profit businesses for the fall season. To read more, click here.

Groveland Correctional Facility currently provides services for 128 veterans. On November 8th, Groveland Correctional Facility celebrated its first annual Veteran's Education Training (VET) Day. For more information, click here.

Lakeview S.I.C.F. Make A Difference

In November, Lakeview S.I.C.F. Make A Difference Day (MADD) Committee held an employee lunch and basket raffle to raise funds for veterans. MADD also participated in the Union Relief Association's Christmas Angel Tree Project. For more information, click here.

Sullivan Correctional Facility Staff Raise $700 for Toy Drive, Make Contribution in Honor of Deceased Correction Officer

Sullivan Correctional Facility staff recently donated a check in the amount of $700 to the Town of Fallsburg Policeman’s Benevolent Association for their annual Toy Drive. For more information, click here.

Albion Correctional Facility Raises Money for HIV Awareness

For the third consecutive year the Albion Correctional Facility held its annual AIDS Walk to raise money for local groups in the fight against the disease. To read more, click here.

Wende Correctional Facility Staff Donates to Two Causes

Wende Correctional Facility recently held a bake sale to support both Breast Cancer Research and Domestic Violence Prevention. To read more, click here.

Cape Vincent Donates Food to Local Pantries

Staff and inmates at the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility recently donated 24,180 pounds of vegetables to local food banks. To read more, click here.

Correction Officer Trainee Exam Date Announced

In an effort to maintain safety and security in New York State prisons, the New York State Department of Civil Service will hold a competitive Civil Service exam for the position of Correction Officer Trainee, both English- and Spanish-speaking, statewide on February 2nd, 2019. For more information, click here.

DOCCS Receives National Award for Compliance

DOCCS Has been awarded the Lucy Webb Hayes Award at this year’s American Correctional Association (ACA) 148th Congress of Correction. To read more, click here.

2018 Annual SHU report

DOCCS continues to improve the conditions and reduce the use of solitary confinement in its facilities. For the 2018 annual report click here.

Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion and Combating Harassment and Discrimination in the Workplace

Effective December 1, 2018, pursuant to Executive Order 187, all complaints of protected class employment discrimination by employees of New York State will be investigated by the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) Anti-Discrimination Investigations Division and will no longer be under the purview of individual state agencies.

Information regarding what constitutes protected class employment discrimination can be found in the Equal Employment Opportunity Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for New York State Employees (Handbook) located at https://goer.ny.gov/equal-employment-opportunity-rights-and-responsibilities-handbook-employees-new-york-state-agencies. A copy of the New York State Discrimination Complaint form can be found at https://goer.ny.gov/new-york-state-discrimination-complaint-form. This form may be submitted electronically to GOER or printed out and mailed directly to GOER at the address on the form.

For assistance with filing a complaint, DOCCS employees may contact the assigned GOER Affirmative Action Administrators listed below by email, or by phone, at 518-485-5806.

Michael Washington - Michael.Washington@goer.ny.gov
Nicole Keith - Nicole.Keith@goer.ny.gov
Kimberly Carr - Kimberly.Carr@goer.ny.gov
Lasonya Spearman - Lasonya.Spearman@goer.ny.gov
Dennis Brandow - Dennis.Brandow@goer.ny.gov
Antionette Santos - Antoinette.Santos@goer.ny.gov

NOTICE TO FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF NEW YORK STATE INMATES

Transition to new phone system complete at all correctional facilities

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision has entered into a new agreement with Securus Technology, who will soon be providing the inmate telephone system at each state operated facility at a reduced rate. Those wishing to accept calls from incarcerated individuals in NYS Correctional Facilities are required to have an account with Securus. An account can be created by visiting the website (www.securustech.net) or calling them at 1-800-844-6591. The account can be created and not funded until the individual correctional facility is transitioned to the new vendor.

The calling rate is dropping from less than a nickel at $.048 to $.043 per minute for all calls terminating within the United States, Canada, and US Territories (American Samoa, Federated states of Micronesia, Guam, Midway Islands, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands) and there are no additional call set-up or connect fees. The chart below shows the calling rate for the average twenty-minute call. Applicable governmental taxes and fees are not included and will also apply.

Description Old Rate New Rate
Charge per minute $.048 $.043
Cost of a 20-minute call $0.96 $0.86

Neither the State nor the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision receive any commission.

Securus offers three (3) main forms of billing:

  • A Local Exchange Carrier (LEC)-billed account bills collect calls from the facility to the local phone company, subject to local phone company approval. Charges appear on the called party’s monthly phone bill
  • A Direct-billed account allows collect calls to be billed monthly from Securus Correctional Billing Services. The called party creating the account will be subject to a credit check (as allowed by state regulations) to create a Direct Billed account
  • An AdvanceConnect/Prepaid account allows the call recipient to fund an account in advance and manage how much money they would like to spend on collect calls. This account can be funded by mailing a check or money order to Securus, visiting a MoneyGram location, or utilizing a credit card online or over the phone. There is a $3.00 fee for credit card usage.

A new account MUST be created AND funded before calls can be accepted.

To view a copy of the planned schedule for installing the Securus system at New York State correctional facilities click here

To create an account, contact Securus at 1-800-844-6591 or on the internet at www.securustech.net. They can also answer any questions or concerns.

As NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facilities transition to Securus as the new provider of Inmate Telephone Services, those with GTL AdvancePay accounts can request a refund by contacting GTL at 1-800-777-2522. It is important to take note of the transition schedule ( changes schedule ) to ensure you do not close your account too soon. Also, GTL continues to provide phone services to county jails, as such, if you communicate with friends or family in one of these locations, you may not want to close your account.

GTL Customer Service is available to assist with closing your account, issuing a refund, and any other questions regarding GTL service locations. Contact them at 1-800-777-2522 or on the web at https://web.connectnetwork.com/.

For more DOCCS NEWS

Youth Pardon Program

As of December 21, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo is offering executive pardons to New Yorkers convicted of non-violent crimes at ages 16 and 17 who have been crime free for a minimum of ten years since their offense. For individuals who receive this pardon, the New York State Office of Court Administration has stated that it will restrict public access to criminal history records, meaning that they will not be available to private employers, landlords or other companies that seek this information. To learn more, and to find out if you are eligible for this relief, please go to the following website and click the Pardons tab.

Pro Bono Clemency Program

To assist individuals in applying for clemency, Governor Cuomo is partnering with several organizations from the legal community to provide free clemency petition services to individuals incarcerated by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Although individuals may apply for clemency without the assistance of an attorney, free assistance from one will enhance the quality of an inmate's application and present his or her best case to the Governor. To learn more about this process please contact the Executive Clemency Bureau at PardonsAndCommutations@doccs.ny.gov

DOCCS Joins Other State Agencies in Hiring Veterans

Executive Law § 369 was amended to include Chapter 17-A, known as the Veteran's Employment Act. It is now the policy of New York State to hire discharged veterans for temporary appointments and temporary-hourly positions within state agencies. In order to be eligible an individual must have served on active duty in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard or the Reserved Components of the Armed Forces of the United States or served in the active military service of the United States as a member of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard or the New York Militia and have been released from service for any such service other than dishonorable discharge, after September 11, 2001.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has created an online portal which will allow agencies to be provided with a pool of veterans they must consider when making temporary- hourly appointment. To learn more about the program, including ways to sign up, click here.

DMV Identification Program

To further enhance the Department’s reentry efforts, a set of protocols developed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been created to educate the inmate population on which steps are necessary to allow newly released individuals to apply for a learner’s permit, driver’s license or non-driver ID. The flyer can be found here.

Employee Benefit Programs

Work-Life Services provides New York State employees with a comprehensive network of resources to address their work, home, and life issues. Detailed information about these negotiated benefits is available at www.worklife.ny.gov and through program-specific telephone numbers and websites./p>

Additionally, we are pleased to share “Benefits of the NYS Peer Employee Assistance EAP”  with you. This document describes the many benefits of the NYS EAP peer model and the wide range of EAP services available to both employees and agencies.

Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account for the 2016 plan year have until March 31, 2017 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. For more information, log onto www.flexspend.ny.gov or call 1-800-358-7202.

New York State offers its executive branch employees pre-retirement planning information through both online resources and Directions seminars. If you are eligible to retire in five years and have not previously attended a Directions: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar, you are eligible to attend. Please contact your agency Human Resources Office to let your agency liaison know of your interest. You must be registered by your agency and have a confirmation notice in order to attend. For pre-retirement planning information including the Self Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning and 22 short videos, visit www.worklife.ny.gov/preretirement.

If you need care during the summer for a school-age child, please see the attached flyer about the NYS worksite child care centers which provide quality, full-day camp programs. For information about other summer programs, please contact your EAP coordinator. If you are paying for child care for a child under age 13 in order to work and have not already done so, consider enrolling in the Dependent Care Advantage Account (DCAAccount). Visit www.flexspend.ny.gov or call (800) 358-7202, and choose option 2 to talk with us about your eligibility for the employer contribution and how this valuable, money-saving benefit could help you with camp expenses. For additional details on the 33 worksite child care centers, please visit www.worklife.ny.gov or send email to worklife@goer.ny.gov.



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