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The Departmental Mission

Vision & Mission

The vision of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is to enhance public safety by having incarcerated persons return home, under supportive supervision, less likely to revert to criminal behavior.

The mission is to improve public safety by providing a continuity of appropriate treatment services in safe and secure facilities where all incarcerated individuals' needs are addressed and they are prepared for release, followed by supportive services for all parolees under community supervision to facilitate a successful completion of their sentence.


  • Create and maintain an atmosphere where all incarcerated individuals, parolees, staff, volunteers, and visitors feel secure.
  • Develop and implement individualized treatment plans for each incarcerated individual and parolee that includes post release reentry plans.
  • Teach incarcerated individuals the need for discipline and respect, and the importance of developing a principled work ethic.
  • Establish a risks/needs/responsivity approach to programming, treatment, and community supervision to ensure a continuity of services.
  • Assist all staff by providing the requisite training and resources needed to perform their duties while enhancing their skills.
  • Offer career development opportunities for all staff.
  • Ensure workforce stability through mentoring and succession planning.


  • Operate with ethical behavior.
  • Recognize the value of each person.
  • Protect human dignity.
  • Offer leadership and support to all.
  • Offer respect and structure at all times.


  • Offer opportunities for incarcerated individuals and parolees to improve their skills, and to receive individual treatment services, based on their ability and willingness to participate.
  • Provide psychiatric and medically necessary services to those requiring such care and treatment so that each incarcerated individual and parolee can maximize his or her own state of health and rehabilitation.
  • Provide a level of community supervision based on the releasee's needs and behavior.
  • Establish an orderly and productive environment that fosters respect through open communication, sound structure, and fair treatment.