Brian S. Fischer, Commissioner
Contact: Peter K. Cutler, Director of Public Information  457-8182
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2012
DOCCS EXTENDS STANDARD OFFENDER IDENTIFICATION CARD
Effort seeks to ease the transition of offenders returning to the community
after a period of incarceration
ALBANY – The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision today announced it has extended the validation period of the Standard Offender Identification card that is issued to newly-released offenders from 60-days to 90-days.
DOCCS Commissioner Brian Fischer said, “As of July 2nd, in an effort to ease the transition of offenders returning to the community after a period of incarceration, DOCCS extended the expiration of the Standard Offender Identification card by 30 days. By extending the validation period of the ID Cards issued by the Department, we’re acting upon recommendations received from our Community Supervision staff who suggested this modification at a recently completed labor/management summit. The additional 30 days will provide released offenders an additional opportunity to acquire their community-based identification, which is considered a critical stepping stone to an offender’s successful transition to the community.”
The Identification card is issued to each newly released offender and serves as a transitional form of identification for offenders until they can re-establish ties with the community, apply for and receive other forms of identification that cannot be acquired prior to their release.
Smart re-entry policies are recognized as a means of addressing the issues that cause offenders to cycle in and out of prison. Within DOCCS, release preparation starts at the beginning of an offender’s sentence and incorporates multiple rehabilitative programs followed by a cohesive transition within our community partnerships to develop individual plans and provide support services for employment, substance abuse treatment, HIV/AIDS treatment services, housing, personal documentation applications, veterans services, child support, etc. Last year, more than 23,000 individuals were released to communities across New York State.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) is responsible for the care, custody and treatment of individuals sentenced to state prison and for working with them to ensure their successful re-entry into the community. The Department operates 60 correctional facilities (including the Willard Drug Treatment Campus and the Edgecombe Residential Drug Treatment facility) and oversees 38 community supervision (parole) field offices across the state. DOCCS currently provides care, custody and supervision of approximately 94,000 individuals:56,000 in custody in correctional and drug treatment facilities and 38,000 under post-release community supervision.