As part of our continuing effort to enhance our policies to prevent the sexual abuse of inmates and parolees to provide for the care of victims of sexual abuse, the Department has:
- adopted Directive 4027A and Directive 4028A
- conducted employee training
- issued an all employees memorandum summarizing the agency’s zero tolerance policy
- introduced a new "Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response" employee training in 2015
DOCCS has also undertaken efforts to better inform our population by producing educational materials. These materials are updated periodically to ensure that incarcerated individuals and parolees are aware of the Department’s current policies. These materials include male and female versions of our comprehensive “The Prevention of Sexual Victimization in Prison: What You Need to Know” pamphlet and poster to encourage incarcerated individuals and other offenders to report any issues involving sexual abuse.
DOCCS contract providers distribute a similar orientation pamphlet to residents who are placed in Community-Based Residential Programs (CBRP) as a condition of their release.
In accordance with the National PREA Standards, the Department conducts PREA Audits at each of its correctional facilities, and has been conducting them since October 2015. PREA Audits are conducted by Department of Justice--Certified PREA Auditors. Under the Standards, the Department will have one-third of its facilities audited each year, so all facilities are audited during each three-year PREA audit cycle.
This report provides a summary of total allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment as reported to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) annually. Allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment are based on the most recent definitions provided by BJS and reporting requirements as specified in the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape, under 28 CFR part 115.
CBRP Final Audit Reports
In accordance with the National PREA Standards, the Department’s contract Community Based Residential Programs conduct PREA Audits in accordance with a schedule set in conjunction with the Department. PREA Audits are conducted by Department of Justice-Certified PREA Auditors.
Programs with contracts effective May 1, 2017 and beyond are required to be audited under the PREA Standards for Community Confinement Facilities. As required by the Standards, the Department ensures that one-third of the CBRPs are audited each year beginning May 2018 so that all facilities are audited during each three-year PREA audit cycle.
The CBRP final PREA Audit reports are listed below by date of issuance.
Community Missions of Niagara Frontier - Niagara Falls Final PREA Audit Report, December 5, 2020
Rescue Mission of Utica Parker House Aftercare Program Final PREA Audit Report, December 14, 2020
Bridges of New York Final PREA Audit Report, February 28, 2020
Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler Counties CBRP Audit Report, June 9, 2019
Saving Grace Ministries, Inc., Grace House CBRP - Buffalo Final PREA Audit Report, July 1, 2021