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Assembly holding hearing December 2 on DOCCS Dannemora prison escape.
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Text of press release.

ASSEMBLY STANDING COMMITTEE ON CORRECTION TO HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING ON OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND COMMUNITY SUPERVISION (DOCCS)

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR WEDNESDAY: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Contact: Liznel Aybar-Ventura (347) 674-0192 / aybarl@assembly.state.ny.us
What: Public hearing regarding the oversight and investigations of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS)
Who: Assembly Standing Committee on Correction
Where: Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Hearing Room C, Albany, New York
When: Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Why: To examine oversight of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision


MANHATTAN- The Assembly Standing Committee on Correction will hold a public hearing on Oversight and Investigations of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m.

In June 2015, two inmates escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility with the assistance of a civilian employee. In the aftermath of the escape, nine correction officers were suspended pending investigation. The Governor directed the State Inspector General to conduct a thorough investigation to determine all factors in the escape of the two inmates. Historically, although not expressly authorized in statute to maintain its own inspector general's office, DOCCS has conducted its own investigations internally.

Additionally, the State Commission of Correction has the ability to inspect correctional facilities and make recommendations concerning the safety, security, health and sanitary conditions in those facilities, among other topics, and is responsible for investigating and reviewing inmate deaths. The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs is responsible for monitoring the quality of mental health care provided to inmates with serious mental illness and DOCCS' compliance with the law governing diversion of mentally ill inmates from segregated confinement.

This hearing will investigate oversight of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision and examine both the internal and external options for independent, investigations to ensure the safety of staff and inmates, and guarantee the integrity of the Department.

Contact: Liznel Aybar-Ventura(347) 674-0192 / aybarl@assembly.state.ny.us

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