The Departmental Mission currently leads the Department of Corrections and is responsible for the detention and habilitation of 54,000 offenders in the State of New York. These individuals are held at 60 state facilities and at the 915 bed Willard Drug Treatment Campus.
The Departmental Mission aims to boost public safety in NY. It uses supportive supervision to prevent revert criminal behaviors in the future. The main goal of the Departmental Mission is to maintain a secure environment for offenders and the prisons staff. Offenders are also being taught the critical importance of respect and discipline. Work ethics are also thoroughly explained to the offenders living in the NY State facilities.
Skill Development and Treatment
Offenders also get the opportunity to improve their skills and also undergo special treatment as per their individual requirements. Medical and special mental health care services are also used to make offenders’ rehabilitation more effective.
Special Programs and Services
The Department is also able to provide offenders with special programs and services. These programs include educational and vocational training, substance abuse treatments, anger management programs, parenting skills, domestic violence counseling, special treatments for sex offenders and religious services.
Here is a list of the main program units that are to be found in the State of New York:
- Correctional Industries
- Education (Academic)
- Education (Vocational)
- Guidance and Counseling
- Division of Hispanic and Cultural Affairs
- Library Services
- Ministerial, Family and Volunteer Services
- Resource Management
- Special Subjects
- Substance Abuse Treatment Services
- Temporary Release
- Transitional Services Program
Certificate of Relief
Individuals who have not been convicted of more than one felony are eligible for a Certificate of Relief. The Board of Parole is responsible for issuing a Certificate of Relief to eligible offenders convicted in a different jurisdiction and currently living in the State of New York.
For more information about New York prisons and jails, visit this link here http://www.doccs.ny.gov/.