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2020

  • October 21 - Major Milestone Reached in City's Commitment to Close Rikers Island Jails

  • September 22 - DOC Chief Jennings Testimony before NYS Joint Public Hearing: Impact of COVID-19 on Prisons and Jails Senate Standing Committee on Health

  • September 21 – DOC Commissioner Brann Testimony before New York City Council Meeting Committee on Criminal Justice Committee on Hospitals

  • September 11 – Statement by Commissioner Brann on DOC’s 9/11 Wreath Laying Ceremony - We Remember, We Were There

  • August 15 - Statement by Commissioner Brann on shooting of Off-Duty Correction Officer

  • June 30 - DOC Hosts ‘Boldest Food Drive’ for Families Impacted by COVID-19

  • June 29 - Mayor de Blasio and Board of Correction Chair Jennifer Jones Austin Announce Working Group to End Punitive Segregation

  • June 15 - NYC Department of Correction Gets Out the Vote

  • June 8 - Summer Heat Plan

  • May 19 – DOC Commissioner Brann Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice

  • May 12 – Commissioner Brann testimony before the Board of Correction

  • May 7 - A Message from the New York City Department of Correction

  • May 6 – DOC Provides New Televisiting Capabilities for People in Custody

  • April 21 – City Jail Population Drops Below 4,000 For The First Time Since 1946

  • March 17 – ADVISORY: TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF IN-PERSON VISITS

  • March 16 – Commissioner's Statement on the Passing of a Member of Service

  • March 12 – Important Notice For Visitors Regarding Coronavirus

  • February 3 – Commissioner Cynthia Brann Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice

  • January 25 – DOC at a glance report


  • 2019

  • December 20 - NYC Department of Correction Fraternal Organization Volunteers to Help Bahamas Hurricane Victims

  • December 18 - NYC Department of Correction Brightens Lives of Children During Holiday Season

  • December 10 - Cold Weather Protocol

  • December 2 - Correction Joins the Citywide Meatless Mondays Project

  • November 26 - De Blasio Administration Announces Outposted Therapeutic Housing Units To Serve Patients In Custody With Serious Health Conditions

  • November 21 - Roadmap to Closing Rikers: De Blasio Administration to Close Two Jails Next Year

  • October 15 – Jails to jobs: City expands re-entry services and training for justice impacted individuals

  • October 14 – Projected City Jail Population Falls to 3,300 by 2026

  • October 2 - Chief of Staff Brenda Cooke Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice and General Welfare

  • September 23 - New Bail Window Opens at Bronx Criminal Court

  • September 10 - In major milestone DOC achieves PREA compliance

  • September 7 - Commissioner Cynthia Brann 911 Memorial Ceremony Remarks

  • September 7 - Commissioner Cynthia Brann 911 Monument Unveiling Remarks

  • September 5 – Commissioner Cynthia Brann Testimony before the New York City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses

  • August 2 - DOC at a glance report

  • July 31 - Commissioner Cynthia Brann Graduation Ceremony Remarks

  • July 27 - DOC Extreme Heat Protocol

  • July 26 - NYC Department of Correction Welcomes New Director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives

  • July 20 - FACT SHEET - DOC Extreme Heat Protocol

  • July 8 - Charity Provides DOC’s Dogs with Protective Vests

  • June 17 - Department of Correction testimony before the New York City Council Committees on Criminal Justice, Justice Systems and Mental Health, Disabilities & Addiction

  • June 11 - Commissioner Brann testimony before the Board of Correction

  • May 16 - Jail: Who is in on bail?

  • May 14 – Director Kaiser testimony before the Board of Correction on DOC Visit Reforms

  • May 13 - Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules

  • May 9 – Commissioner Brann testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice on the Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2020

  • May 6 - Street Co-naming ceremony to honor fallen Corrections Officer Jonathan Narain

  • May 1 - Mayor de Blasio Announces Full Implementation of Free Phone Calls for People in Custody

  • May 1 - City Council Hearing on Oversight – The Experience of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals in New York City Jails

  • April 28 – New York City Department of Correction Recognized at 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk & Community Day

  • April 23 – Commissioner Brann testimony before the Board of Correction

  • April 23 - Deputy Commissioner Townsend testimony at the Board of Correction

  • April 18 2019 - DOC at a glance report

  • April 8 – New York City Department of Correction Opens George Motchan Employee Wellness Center

  • March 28 - DOC hosts 3rd annual Minority & Women-owned business vendor event

  • March 14 – Commissioner Brann testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice

  • February 26 - Deputy Commissioner Michael Tausek, Acting Bureau Chief Becky Scott and Deputy Commissioner L. Patrick Dail testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice Services

  • February 8 – Rikers Inmate Arrested for Attempting to Hire Hitman to Murder his Half-Brother

  • January 29 – DOC at a glance report

  • January 9 - NYC Department of Correction K9s to Receive Body Armor Thanks to National Charity

  • 2018

  • December 17 - First Lady Chirlane McCray and Department of Correction Announce Expansion of Groundbreaking Program Uniting Families of Incarcerated Women Through 2020

  • December 3 – City Launches New Bail Initiatives to Make it Easier for New Yorkers to Pay Bail for Themselves or Loves Ones

  • November 1- Mayor de Blasio Announces that Nearly 900 Incarcerated Individuals and DOC Facility Visitors Have Registered to Vote

  • October 24 - DOC at a glance report

  • October 11 - DOC and ACS announce changes to encourage greater safety and youth engagement at Horizon Juvenile Facility

  • October 4 - Commissioner Brann Transition Statement

  • October 3 - Deputy Commissioner Michael Tausek testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Government Operations and Criminal Justice

  • October 2 - Statement from Mayor de Blasio on Signing of Body Scanner Legislation

  • October 1 - Mayor de Blasio Announces Change in Juvenile Justice as the Age of Criminal Responsibility is Raised to 18 Years Old

  • September 16 - Statement by Commissioner Brann on arrest of suspect in shooting of an Off Duty Correction Officer

  • September 14 - Statement by Commissioner Brann on shooting of an Off Duty Correction Officer

  • September 8- DOC Commissioner Brann Remarks at 9/11 Run/ Walk Ceremony

  • September 6 - Commissioner Cynthia Brann, Deputy Commissioner Townsend, and AC Yelardy testimony before the New York City Council Committees on Criminal Justice, the Justice System, and Women

  • August 15 - de Blasio Administration Unveils Plans for Borough-Based Jails to Replace Facilities on Rikers Island

  • July 31- DOC AT A GLANCE REPORT

  • June 28 - Latest Academy Graduation Reflects Improvements in Work-Life Balance for City Correction Officers

  • June 28 - DOC Commissioner Brann Graduation Remarks

  • June 14 - Statement from Mayor de Blasio on Passage of Legislation Authorizing Ionizing Body Scanners

  • June 14 - Commissioner Brann Remarks at GMDC Ceremony

  • June 7- DOC Commissioner Brann Promotion Ceremony Remarks

  • May 21 – DOC AT A GLANCE REPORT

  • May 19 - Commissioner Cynthia Brann remarks at Correction Officer's for Christ First Annual Awards Brunch

  • May 11 - Commissioner Brann remarks before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice and Committee on Finance

  • May 2 - The NYPL and DOC Celebrate Grand Opening of New Library at Manhattan Detention Complex

  • May 1 - First Lady Chirlane McCray, Department of Correction and Children's Museum of Manhattan Launch Pilot Program to Unite Families of Incarcerated Women

  • April 27 - Mayor de Blasio announces launch of online bail in New York City

  • April 25- DOC launches free, express visitor bus service to Rikers Island

  • April 23 - Senior Deputy Commissioner Timothy Farrell remarks before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice Services regarding Safety and Security in DOC Facilities

  • April 18 – City to invest $3 million per year in services to reduce the number of teens in City custody

  • April 18 – New Federal Monitor Report finds DOC in 98% substantial or partial compliance with key Nunez provisions

  • April 16 - Mayor de Blasio announces Department of Correction will house incarcerated individuals according to gender identity, working with city human rights commission to maintain transgender housing unit

  • April 12 - Department of Correction Opens First Ever Housing Area Exclusively for Military Veterans

  • April 5 - DOC 2nd annual Minority and Women-owned business vendor event

  • March 29 - DOC and Food Bank For New York City Collaborate On Lending Hands Program

  • March 16 - Commissioner Cynthia Brann Remarks for NYC DOC Medal Day

  • March 15 - Commissioner Brann remarks before the New York City Council Committee on Criminal Justice and Subcommittee on Capital Budget

  • February 14 – Mayor de Blasio and City Council reach agreement to replace Rikers Island Jails with Community-based facilities

  • February 14- Mayor de Blasio announces funding for safety and security measures to immediately address violence against New York City Department of Correction officers

  • February 1 - First Lady Chirlane McCray Announces $6 Million Investment to Break Cycle of Incarceration for Women in NYC

  • January 31 - DOC to Open State of the Art Compliance and Safety Center

  • January 26 - DOC Promotes Hazel Jennings to Chief of Department

  • January 22 - DOC Fact Sheet: CAPS & PACE

  • January 22- DOC AT A GLANCE REPORT

  • January 9 - Commissioner Cynthia Brann Remarks to the Board of Correction

  • January 2 - New York City to Close First Jail on Rikers Island by Summer 2018


  • 2017

  • December 27 - Mayor de Blasio Announces City Jail Population is Below 9,000 for the First Time in 35 Years

  • December 14- DOC Statement on Indictment of Inmates in Attack on Correction Captain

  • November 29- DOC Commissioner Brann Graduation Remarks

  • November 29 - New York City Department of Correction Graduates Largest Academy Class Ever

  • November 16 - DOC Hosts Panel and Job Fair

  • October 30 - Commissioner Cynthia Brann remarks before the New York State Assembly Committees on Health and Correction

  • October 25 - DOC Commissioner Brann City Council Remarks

  • September 20 - Statement on Mayor’s Management Report 2017

  • September 14 - DOC at a Glance Report

  • August 24 - 29 Former and Current Rikers Island Inmates Indicted for Brutal Assaults in the Jail

  • July 27 - DOC Statement on Inmate Returned to Custody

  • July 18 – DOC Reform In Action

  • July 17 - DOC Investigators Discover Weapons Cache Meant for Inmate

  • June 22- REPORT - Smaller, Safer, Fairer: A Roadmap to Closing Rikers Island

  • June 13 - DOC Young Adult presentation at the Board of Correction meeting

  • June 9 - DOC Names Acting Chief of Department

  • May 31 - DOC Fact Sheet – Body Scanners

  • May 22 - Largest-Ever Class of 902 Recruits Shows Agency’s Strength

  • May 22 - Acting First Deputy Commissioner Cynthia Brann Graduation Remarks

  • May 12 - Statements from Mayor DeBlasio and Commissioner Ponte Announcing Commissioner Ponte's Retirement

  • May 12 - DOC statement on First Deputy Commissioner

  • May 9 – DOC Appoints Acting Deputy Commissioner Investigation Division

  • May 8 - Commissioner Ponte's City Council Budget Hearing Testimony

  • May 1 - DOC Statement on Departmental Vehicle Use

  • April 28 - Statement on Department of Investigation Report

  • April 4 - Statement of Commissioner Ponte on the Selection of Warden Raleem Moses for the NYC Management Academy

  • March 31 - Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Mark-Viverito Announce 10 Year Plan to Close Rikers Island

  • March 29 - Mayor de Blasio Announces Re-entry Services for Everyone in the City Jails by End of This Year

  • March 27 - NYC Dept. of Correction Holds Vendor Event for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

  • March 24 - Mayor de Blasio Announces 18% Drop in City Jail Population Since Taking Office

  • March 20 - Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark, State Sen. Jeff Klein Visit Rikers Island Prosecution Bureau

  • March 20 - First Deputy Commissioner Honored As 'Influential Black Woman'

  • March 16 - NYC DOC Appoints first Staff Chaplain

  • March 9 - Commissioner Ponte Budget Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services

  • February 27 - Bronx Man Will Serve Consecutive Prison Terms for Violence in Rikers Jail

  • February 14- Fact Sheet: Restraint Desk Use in Enhanced Supervision Housing

  • February 14 - Mayor De Blasio appoints James Perrino to Board of Correction

  • February 3 - DOC at a Glance Report

  • January 17- DOC Fact Sheet – Reducing Jail Violence

  • January 17- Commissioner Joseph Ponte testimony before the New York City Council committees on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and Public Safety regarding Prosecuting Violence in the City's Jails

  • January 12- NYC Dept. of Correction Receives Federal Grant to Help Inmates with Mental Health Needs

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