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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 to lower the risk of reoffending.

Organization and Staffing

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision operates 54 correctional facilities across the State. Each facility is managed by a superintendent, who reports to the Commissioner. More than 66 percent of the Department's staff are security personnel with the remaining staff primarily dedicated to the delivery of inmate programs, health services, community supervision, and facility operations.

The Parole Board operates as an independent body housed within DOCCS. The members of the board are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. One member is designated by the Governor to serve as the Board's Chair. Board members review the cases of offenders eligible for parole and determine if the offender should be released to parole supervision.

Budget Highlights

The FY 2020 Executive Budget recommends $3.38 billion for the Department, an increase of $84.2 million from FY 2019. This increase includes $70 million in the capital program and an increase of $14.2 million in State Operations funding. Increases in State Operations funding are largely attributable to the addition of staffing, which is necessary to meet the terms of the NYCLU SHU settlement. The capital appropriation increase will be used to fund projects related to solitary confinement reform.

The Executive Budget recommends a workforce of 29,328 FTEs for the Department, an increase of 153 FTEs from FY 2019. This workforce level reflects an increase in program services and supervision of inmates staff related to the NYCLU SHU agreement and the DOCCS solitary confinement reform bill.

Program Highlights

Correctional Services

Since peaking at nearly 72,600 in 1999, the under-custody prison population is projected to decline by over 25,000 inmates to approximately 47,400 inmates by the end of the current fiscal year. This decline can be largely attributed to the dramatic drop in the State’s crime rate over the last decade, and the success of legislatively-enacted programs that allow certain non-violent offenders to earn time off from their sentences for good behavior and program achievements.

As soon as an inmate enters prison, an assessment is conducted to determine the need for rehabilitative programs. The Department offers a variety of programs designed to improve the prospects of an offender’s successful re-entry into the community. These include educational programming, with the minimum goal of assisting inmates who do not have high school diplomas to receive New York State High School Equivalency Diplomas; apprenticeships; substance abuse treatment services; anger management therapy; and sex offender treatment programs.

Meeting the critical need of providing appropriate levels of medical services is important to the safety of the prison system and to the general public when an inmate is released. The Department acts quickly to diagnose and begin treatment, if necessary, when an inmate enters prison, and provides the greatest degree of services possible to seek a cure. The Department also offers mental health services at several facilities and operates state-of-the-art Residential Mental Health Units to treat inmates with serious mental illness and disciplinary sanctions.

Community Supervision

The focus of the Community Supervision program is to prepare inmates for reentry into the community and to supervise parolees released from prison while supporting their successful reintegration into the community. Immediately upon being released from prison, parolees are assigned to a Parole Officer. Parole Officers supervise parolees by monitoring behavior, reviewing employment, evaluating treatment progress, and administering drug tests. In addition to closely monitoring offenders in the community, the Department helps parolees avoid reverting to a life of crime by contracting for various services to support their return to society, such as supportive housing and employment training.

ALL FUNDS
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Category Available
FY 2019
Appropriations
Recommended
FY 2020
Change From
FY 2019
Reappropriations
Recommended
FY 2020
State Operations 2,839,732,000 2,853,977,000 14,245,000 86,347,000
Aid To Localities 29,493,000 29,493,000 0 67,283,000
Capital Projects 427,000,000 497,000,000 70,000,000 704,528,000
Total 3,296,225,000 3,380,470,000 84,245,000 858,158,000

ALL FUND TYPES
PROJECTED LEVELS OF EMPLOYMENT BY PROGRAM
FILLED ANNUAL SALARIED POSITIONS
Program FY 2019
Estimated FTEs
03/31/19
FY 2020
Estimated FTEs
03/31/20
FTE Change
Administration
General Fund 158 158 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 646 646 0
Enterprise Funds 7 7 0
Community Supervision
General Fund 1,335 1,335 0
Correctional Industries
Enterprise Funds 3 3 0
Internal Service Funds 280 280 0
Facilities Planning and Development
Capital Projects Funds - Other 1,009 1,009 0
Health Services
General Fund 1,651 1,651 0
Parole Board
General Fund 74 74 0
Program Services
General Fund 2,970 3,007 37
Supervision of Inmates
General Fund 19,330 19,446 116
Support Services
General Fund 1,708 1,708 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 4 4 0
Total 29,175 29,328 153

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
Enterprise Funds 43,343,000 48,443,000 5,100,000
General Fund 2,647,139,000 2,656,284,000 9,145,000
Internal Service Funds 74,895,000 74,895,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 40,500,000 40,500,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 33,855,000 33,855,000 0
Total 2,839,732,000 2,853,977,000 14,245,000
Adjustments:
Transfer(s) To
Civil Service, Department of
General Fund 162,000
Employee Relations, Office of
General Fund 584,000
Appropriated FY 2019 2,840,478,000

STATE OPERATIONS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
Administration
Enterprise Funds 2,701,000 2,701,000 0
General Fund 13,564,000 13,564,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Federal 40,500,000 40,500,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 25,700,000 25,700,000 0
Community Supervision
General Fund 134,614,000 134,614,000 0
Special Revenue Funds - Other 2,325,000 2,325,000 0
Correctional Industries
Enterprise Funds 742,000 742,000 0
Internal Service Funds 74,895,000 74,895,000 0
Health Services
General Fund 399,842,000 398,848,000 (994,000)
Parole Board
General Fund 7,100,000 7,100,000 0
Program Services
Enterprise Funds 39,900,000 45,000,000 5,100,000
General Fund 228,067,000 230,681,000 2,614,000
Special Revenue Funds - Other 2,100,000 2,100,000 0
Supervision of Inmates
General Fund 1,507,248,000 1,515,103,000 7,855,000
Support Services
General Fund 356,704,000 356,374,000 (330,000)
Special Revenue Funds - Other 3,730,000 3,730,000 0
Total 2,839,732,000 2,853,977,000 14,245,000

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service Regular
(Annual Salaried)
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 11,881,000 0 11,779,000 0
Community Supervision 109,339,000 0 103,339,000 0
Health Services 145,461,000 0 128,008,000 0
Parole Board 6,577,000 0 6,517,000 0
Program Services 202,584,000 2,690,000 196,830,000 2,690,000
Supervision of Inmates 1,495,246,000 7,819,000 1,294,495,000 7,819,000
Support Services 112,915,000 0 103,718,000 0
Total 2,084,003,000 10,509,000 1,844,686,000 10,509,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF PERSONAL SERVICE APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Temporary Service
(Nonannual Salaried)
Holiday/Overtime Pay
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 0 0 102,000 0
Community Supervision 0 0 6,000,000 0
Health Services 7,053,000 0 10,400,000 0
Parole Board 0 0 60,000 0
Program Services 4,413,000 0 1,341,000 0
Supervision of Inmates 11,788,000 0 188,963,000 0
Support Services 0 0 9,197,000 0
Total 23,254,000 0 216,063,000 0

STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Supplies and Materials
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 1,683,000 0 338,000 0
Community Supervision 25,275,000 0 1,197,000 0
Health Services 253,387,000 (994,000) 126,676,000 (391,000)
Parole Board 523,000 0 33,000 0
Program Services 28,097,000 (76,000) 6,140,000 (2,000)
Supervision of Inmates 19,857,000 36,000 10,242,000 36,000
Support Services 243,459,000 (330,000) 176,143,000 (330,000)
Total 572,281,000 (1,364,000) 320,769,000 (687,000)
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Travel Contractual Services
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 214,000 0 918,000 0
Community Supervision 2,358,000 0 21,240,000 0
Health Services 271,000 0 125,578,000 (603,000)
Parole Board 390,000 0 97,000 0
Program Services 368,000 0 20,839,000 (74,000)
Supervision of Inmates 2,400,000 0 5,420,000 0
Support Services 2,050,000 0 53,290,000 750,000
Total 8,051,000 0 227,382,000 73,000
STATE OPERATIONS - GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF NONPERSONAL SERVICE AND MAINTENANCE UNDISTRIBUTED
APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Equipment
Amount Change
Administration 213,000 0
Community Supervision 480,000 0
Health Services 862,000 0
Parole Board 3,000 0
Program Services 750,000 0
Supervision of Inmates 1,795,000 0
Support Services 11,976,000 1,000,000
Total 16,079,000 1,000,000

STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED
(dollars)
Program Total Personal Service
Amount Change Amount Change
Administration 68,901,000 0 49,900,000 0
Community Supervision 2,325,000 0 0 0
Correctional Industries 75,637,000 0 25,563,000 0
Program Services 47,100,000 5,100,000 0 0
Support Services 3,730,000 0 214,000 0
Total 197,693,000 5,100,000 75,677,000 0
STATE OPERATIONS - OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND
SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND CHANGES
FY 2020 RECOMMENDED CONTINUED
(dollars)
Program Nonpersonal Service
Amount Change
Administration 19,001,000 0
Community Supervision 2,325,000 0
Correctional Industries 50,074,000 0
Program Services 47,100,000 5,100,000
Support Services 3,516,000 0
Total 122,016,000 5,100,000

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY FUND TYPE
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Fund Type Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
General Fund 20,493,000 20,493,000 0
Internal Service Funds 9,000,000 9,000,000 0
Total 29,493,000 29,493,000 0

AID TO LOCALITIES
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change
Community Supervision
General Fund 5,613,000 5,613,000 0
Internal Service Funds 9,000,000 9,000,000 0
Health Services
General Fund 14,000,000 14,000,000 0
Program Services
General Fund 680,000 680,000 0
Support Services
General Fund 200,000 200,000 0
Total 29,493,000 29,493,000 0

CAPITAL PROJECTS
ALL FUNDS FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS BY PROGRAM
APPROPRIATIONS
(dollars)
Comprehensive Construction Program Available
FY 2019
Recommended
FY 2020
Change Reappropriations
FY 2020
Facilities Maintenance and Operations
Correctional Facilities Capital Improvement Fund 92,000,000 93,000,000 1,000,000 60,955,000
Maintenance and Improvement of Existing Facilities
Correctional Facilities Capital Improvement Fund 335,000,000 404,000,000 69,000,000 643,573,000
Total 427,000,000 497,000,000 70,000,000 704,528,000

Note: Most recent estimates as of 1/15/2019

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