Corrections and Community Supervision, Department of

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Agency Web Site: http://www.doccs.ny.gov/Link to External Website

Mission

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is responsible for providing services that offenders need in safe and secure facilities, preparing offenders for release, and ensuring they receive appropriate monitoring and support while under community supervision. The goal of the Department is to enhance public safety by ensuring the successful completion of an offender’s sentence in order to lower the risk of reoffending.

Budget Highlights

The Executive Budget recommends $2.833 billion for the Department ($2.627 billion in the General Fund; $15 million in Capital Funds; and $191 million in Other Funds), reflecting a decrease of $280 million from SFY 2014. This decrease is primarily the result of a $295 million decrease in capital appropriations. As the agency will continue to have sufficient capital appropriations available from prior years, minimal new capital funding is sought in the Executive Budget.

General Fund support for State Operations increases by $15 million, reflecting the net result of $35.5 million in general salary increases, $3.8 million in support of updated policies and programs regarding supervision of inmates in Special Housing Units, $5.7 million for the increased cost of pharmaceuticals, and $30 million in savings from the closure of four prisons.

To realign the prison system’s capacity with continuing declines in the offender population and to achieve recurring savings for taxpayers, the Executive Budget reflects the closure of four prisons as previously announced in July 2013. The closures are expected to reduce capacity by more than 1,300 beds, and will save $30 million annually. The combined annual savings for taxpayers of these four closures and the nine prior closures is $162 million.

The planned closures were announced in July 2013, ensuring that this action complies with the statutorily-required one year notification process for staff and impacted communities. As has been the practice in the past, these communities will be eligible for economic development grants to ease the economic impact resulting from the closures. The Executive Budget makes $24 million in new capital funding available for this purpose.

The Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 29,067 FTEs for the Department, an increase of 66 FTEs from SFY 2014, as a result of updated policies and procedures for Special Housing Units.

Enacted State Operations appropriations for SFY 2014 have been adjusted downward by $20.7 million to account for the transfer of technology functions to the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS).

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
2013-14
Appropriations
Recommended
2014-15
Change From
2013-14
Reappropriations
Recommended
2014-15
State Operations 2,772,124,000 2,787,124,000 15,000,000 96,736,000
Aid To Localities 31,171,000 31,193,000 22,000 25,407,000
Capital Projects 310,000,000 15,000,000 (295,000,000) 933,313,000
Total 3,113,295,000 2,833,317,000 (279,978,000) 1,055,456,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program 2013-14
Estimated FTEs
03/31/14
2014-15
Estimated FTEs
03/31/15
FTE Change
Administration
General Fund 164 166 2
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 646 646 0
Enterprise Funds 7 7 0
Community Supervision
General Fund 1,590 1,590 0
Correctional Industries
Enterprise Funds 3 3 0
Internal Service Funds 285 285 0
Facilities Planning and Development
Capital Projects Funds - Other 30 30 0
Health Services
General Fund 1,664 1,664 0
Parole Board
General Fund 71 71 0
Program Services
General Fund 2,690 2,717 27
Supervision of Inmates
General Fund 19,047 19,084 37
Support Services
General Fund 2,800 2,800 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 4 4 0
Total 29,001 29,067 66

Note: Most recent estimates as of 01/20/2014

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