Anthony J. Annucci was named the Acting Commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo effective May 1, 2013. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner since October 2007.
As Acting Commissioner, Mr. Annucci played a lead role in negotiating the historic special housing unit interim stipulation with the New York Civil Liberties Union. Under the stipulation, New York's prison system barred the use of special housing units for disciplining prisoners under 18 years of age or pregnant, and created both an alternative program for those who are developmentally disabled, and disciplinary guidelines for hearing officers to apply with all infractions.
He devotes time and attention to the Department's use of evidence based programs designed to reduce recidivism through reliance on the risk, needs and responsivity model, with a renewed emphasis upon educational opportunities. In addition, he guides efforts in complying with the national Prison Rape Elimination Act standards while also focusing on the safety of staff, incarcerated individuals, and parolees.
Among his many duties as Executive Deputy Commissioner was serving as the agency contact for the New York State Legislature, the Department liaison with the Permanent Sentencing Commission, and the Acting Extradition Secretary to the Governor. Mr. Annucci also negotiated and implemented new programming for the treatment of mentally ill individuals incarcerated within the country's fifth largest prison system.
He joined the Department in 1984 as Deputy Counsel and was promoted to Deputy Commissioner and Counsel in 1989. In his nearly 34 years at DOCCS, Mr. Annucci has drafted legislation that has been signed into law by five different governors. He wrote and carried out new laws pertaining to Limited Credit Time Allowance and Merit Time, and the original Shock Incarceration law, which saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. He has long been a leader in sentencing reform and correctional program legislation, helping to draft and implement legislation ranging from the Willard Drug Treatment Program to Jenna's Law, as well as contributing to the Rockefeller Drug Law Amendments.
Mr. Annucci is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Association of the State Correctional Administrators, and is a regular lecturer on topics, such as prison operations and sentencing laws. He has twice been recognized by the New York State Bar Association for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Correction and for Excellence in Public Service.
He earned his B.S in Psychology at Fordham University, his M.A. in Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and his Juris Doctor at Brooklyn Law School.
He grew up in Brooklyn, is married, and is an accomplished pianist.