New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

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New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Abbreviation NYS DOCCS
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Patch of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
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Logo of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Agency overview
Preceding agency New York State Board of Prisons
Employees 31,300
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* State of New York, United States
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Main Office Building 2 W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus 1220 Washington Ave. Albany, New York
Training Academy 1134 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York
Sworn members 23,000
Elected officer responsible Brian Fischer, Commissioner
Facilities
Prisons 60
Website
www.docss.ny.us
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS) is the department of the New York state government responsible for the care, confinement, and rehabilitation of approximately 54,700 inmates at 54 correctional facilities funded by the State of New York.[1] The department employs a staff of approximately 31,300 individuals, including approximately 23,000 uniformed correction officers. Currently, this is the 12th largest state prison system in the United States[1]. The headquarters is located in Building 2 of the W. Averell Harriman State Office Building Campus in Albany.[2]

In response to falling crime rates and prison populations in New York State, the Department has closed a number of facilities between 2009 and 2014.[3]

In 2011, the New York State Department of Correctional Services and the Division of Parole merged to form the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.[4] The department currently supervises 36,500 parolees at seven regional offices.[5]

The Commissioner is currently Brian Fischer.

The Departmental Mission[edit]

The mission of NYSDOCS is to provide for public protection by administering a network of correctional facilities that:

  • Retain inmates in safe custody until released by law;
  • Offer inmates an opportunity to improve their employment potential and their ability to function in a non-criminal fashion;
  • Offer staff a variety of opportunities for career enrichment and advancement; and,
  • Offer stable and humane "community" environments in which all participants, staff and inmates, can perform their required tasks with a sense of satisfaction.

History[edit]

The New York State prison system had its beginnings in 1797 with a single prison called Newgate located in New York City. A second state prison opened 20 years later in Auburn in 1817, and in 1825 a group of Auburn prisoners made the voyage across the Erie Canal and down the Hudson River to begin building Sing Sing.

Facilities[edit]

List of New York state prisons (including those closed). A list with addresses, phone numbers, and other details is found at http://www.doccs.ny.gov/faclist.html.

Legal Power And Authority Of Correction Officers[edit]

New York State Correction Officers have Peace Officer status under section 2.10 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law. This authorizes them to make warrantless arrests, carry and use a firearm, and use physical and deadly physical force.

Death row[edit]

Prior to the 2009 repeal of the death penalty, the male death row was at the Clinton Correctional Facility and the female death row was at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.[6]

The last location for the execution chamber was in Green Haven Correctional Facility.[7] The death chamber at Green Haven had never hosted an execution.[8] Previously inmates were executed at the Sing Sing Correctional Facility.[9]

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the inception of the New York State Department of Correctional Services, 32 officers have died in the line of duty.[10]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.doccs.ny.gov/, http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/inc_Fewer_Prisoners_Less_Crime.pdf retrieved 2014-08-14
  2. ^ "Contact Information." New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Retrieved on January 9, 2012. "Building 2 1220 Washington Ave Albany, New York 12226-2050"
  3. ^ http://www.doccs.ny.gov/PressRel/2013/Prison_Closure_Announcement.html, http://www.doccs.ny.gov/PressRel/2008/prisonclosure.html, http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/06302011ClosureOfSevenStatePrisonFacilities, retrieved 2014-10-08
  4. ^ Merger of Department of Correctional Services and Division of Parole, http://www.doccs.ny.gov/FactSheets/DOCS-Parole-Merger.html, retrieved 2014-08-18
  5. ^ http://www.doccs.ny.gov/
  6. ^ "Repeal of Death Sentence Regulations (Section 103.45 of 7 NYCRR)." New York State Department of Correctional Services. Retrieved on September 2, 2010.
  7. ^ "Inmate 99-B-0067." New York State Department of Correctional Services. Saturday January 16, 1999. Retrieved on September 2, 2010."The UCP at Clinton has been physically operable for use since August 31, 1995, the day before the death penalty law took effect, as has a similar three-cell UCP for females at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County plus the single-cell death house at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville in Dutchess County. Neither of the two latter units will be staffed until there are inmates on them."
  8. ^ Scott, Brendan. "GOV PULLS SWITCH ON DEATH CELL." New York Daily News. July 24, 2008. Retrieved on September 2, 2010.
  9. ^ "Department Receives First Death Penalty Inmate." New York State Department of Correctional Services. July 22, 1998. Retrieved on September 2, 2010.
  10. ^ The Officer Down Memorial Page

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