In addition, your relationship with the person incarcerated has changed.Your contacts will be subject to the rules of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Family and friends also lose the ’freedom’ to have spontaneous and unsupervised contact with their incarcerated loved one.Changes have to be made in order to maintain a positive relationship.This handbook was designed to help you understand more about the New York State correctional system.Hopefully, this will guide you as you cope with these changes in your life.Back to Top The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is headed by the Commissioner.This handbook was revised with the help of many of the divisions within the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
The handbook was translated in its entirety, into the Spanish language to supplement the Department’s English web site component by the Division of Hispanic and Cultural Services.
Back to Top If you are a family member or friend of a person incarcerated in a state prison, your life has changed in many ways. You may have lost the person who supported the family financially or who cared for your children.
Relatives and friends may act differently, while others may act as if you are the criminal.
The Commissioner is responsible for the overall management and operation of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to ensure the care, custody, and treatment of individuals sentenced to state prison; as well as those offenders who are under Community supervision.
The agency employs approximately 30,000 workers and houses approximately 54,000 offenders in 54 correctional facilities.
Community Supervision, Field Parole is responsible for the community supervision and reintegration of offenders released from prison by action of the New York State Board of Parole, by conditional release, release to a period of post-release supervision or those sentenced to direct parole supervision.