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Effective Monday January 20, 2014, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is allowing calls to cell phones from the Department’s Inmate Telephone System. Because there is no method that allows for collect calling to cell phones, an inmate’s family and friends who wish to receive collect calls on their cell phones will need to open a pre-paid account with the Department’s Phone System Provider:  Unisys-VAC. A pre-paid account can be opened by contacting the customer service center at its toll-free number 800-777-2522 or by visiting the website for establishing and funding prepaid accounts at www.Offenderconnect.com. New York phone rates are one of the lowest in the country.  One rate for all calls – local and long-distance is $.048 (less than a nickel) per minute.  We have no connection fees and a 20 minute call costs $.96.

Harlem Re-Entry Court Graduation

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, 38 parolees received certificates of completion from the Harlem Re-Entry Court. The Harlem Re-Entry Court is a result of a positive collaboration between the Harlem Community Justice Center and DOCCS. Its mission is to assist inmates in making the transition from prison life back to the community successful, preventing recidivism, and providing access to crucial services. The case managers, parole officers and administrative law judges work closely together to monitor a parolee's success and compliance with their community supervision and court orders. The staff assigned from the Manhattan/Staten Island Region are: Bureau Chief Tennyson, Senior Parole Officer Delgado, Parole Officer Morro, Parole Officer Dungey, Parole Officer Harrison, and Parole Officer Nwakama.

Fishkill Superintendent’s Award for Excellence: Lynn Cortella

Congratulations to Lynn Cortella for receiving the Fishkill Superintendent’s Award for Excellence! Lynn started her DOCCS career in 2002 and is now a Health Care Classification Analyst in Central Office where she provides valuable assistance to various correctional facilities. She is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the process of long–term care planning for the incarcerated inmate.

2014 National Women’s History Month Celebration

Women’s History Month was celebrated at DOCCS with a brief presentation on March 27th followed by an award ceremony. Four staff members from various units and divisions across the state were honored for representing the very best of the department. The event began with a reading of the proclamation issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Click here to read more and to view photos from the event!

2014 Season for Nonviolence: Groveland Correctional Facility

The 2014 Season of Nonviolence  commenced on January 30th and concludes on Friday, April 4th. As part of Groveland Correctional Facility’s observance of the Season for Nonviolence, the facility has participated in a gun buy back program and they hosted Arun Gandhi, author, activist, and grandson of assassinated Mohandas Gandhi. Most recently, the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence taught a three session course on Nonviolent Communication to the inmates. Read More

Mercy College to Feature Award Winning Film: "The University of Sing Sing"

UPDATED: March 31, 2014

On March 31, 2014 at 6:00pm, Sing Sing Correctional Facility Superintendent Michael Capra will sit on a panel to discuss the role of higher education at Sing Sing. Superintendent Capra has over 31 years of experience in the field of Corrections and law enforcement.. Read More

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Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA)

DOCCS has also undertaken efforts to better inform our population by producing educational materials. These materials were updated in June, 2013 and include a new inmate orientation pamphlet, a comprehensive "What Inmates Need to Know" pamphlet and poster to encourage inmates and other offenders to report any issues involving sexual abuse. In January 2014, DOCCS contract providers began distributing a similar orientation pamphlet to residents who are placed in Community-Based Residential Programs (CBRP) and Residential Stabilization Programs (RSP) as a condition of their release.