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Joe Ponte Becomes 34th Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction

On April 7, 2014, Joseph Ponte assumed his responsibilities as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction.   Over his 40-year career in corrections, Commissioner Ponte has served as an officer, a warden, and as director and commissioner of numerous corrections systems around the country.  As he assumes his new responsibilities, Commissioner Ponte will be meeting extensively with civilian and uniform members of staff as well as with other key stakeholders.



Joseph Ponte Named as New DOC Deputy Commissioner
Joseph Ponte Named as New DOC Commissioner

At a March 11 press conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of Joseph Ponte (second from left, above) as the next Commissioner of the Department of Correction. Ponte (pronounced Pahnt), who has a national reputation as a successful reformer, has served as a correctional officer, a warden, and as director and commissioner of numerous corrections systems around the country during his forty-year career. He is currently Commissioner of the Maine Department of Corrections. "Every resident of this city deserves to be treated with dignity and respect,” he said at the press conference. “From schools to hospitals to prisons, we cannot let our commitment to safety and fair resources falter for a single member of our society.”  The mayor also thanked First Deputy Commissioner Mark Cranston for his interim service as Acting Commissioner and said he would resume his position as First Deputy when Ponte arrives in New York in the coming weeks.




Commissioner Cranston Tweets Congrats to New Captains
Forty-seven members of staff took the oath of office to become NYCD Captains at a ceremony at GMDC on Friday, February 21.   Using his new Twitter account, announced that same morning, Acting Commissioner Mark Cranston tweeted this photo of the new captains along with his congratulations.  If you use Twitter, sign up to follow Commissioner Cranston’s handle, @NYCD_Commish, for information on special activities, agency milestones and calls to action.


DOC Program Staff Honored
DOC Program Staff Honored
Two DOC staff, Winette Saunders, Assistant Commissioner of Community Partnerships and Program Development, and Veronica Scudder, Director of Program Development, were honored in November by the Bronx-based nonprofit organization Voices UnBroken.  Voices Unbroken provides creative writing workshops to young people in the juvenile and adult justice systems as well as to those in out-of-home placements with the foster care system.  Assistant Commissioner Saunders and Director Scudder were awarded the Hearing Our Voices Award for their role in promoting positive development and change by ensuring that that youth in DOC custody have access to programs including but not limited to creative writing workshops.
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The Esteemed Service Partner Award

Valerie Levshin, Director of Reentry Services and Program Performance in the Department’s Strategic Planning and Programs Division, received the Esteemed Service Partner Award from the Fortune Society at its 5th Annual Community Partnership Celebration on Monday, October 2.
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Sesame Street Visits Rikers
Sesame Street Visits Rikers

The Today Show broadcasted a special Father's Day segment from Rikers Island featuring two of Sesame Street's Muppets, Gordon, and the Cookie Monster, who together visited EMTC that Saturday during family visiting hours to mark the release of Sesame Street's new educational material aimed at helping children of incarcerated parents cope with the separation and the stigma they often experience. 
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New Mental Health Initiative Will Intervene and Provide Treatment for Seriously Mentally Ill Among Jail Population
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Funding the ABLE Program

“ABLE provides adolescents in our custody the opportunity to develop the problem-solving and decision-making skills they need to turn their lives around.” -- former Commissioner Dora Schriro
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New Initiative for Mentally Ill Defendants

Building on his record of reducing crime, the former Mayor Bloomberg announced a plan in December to bolster support for people with mental illness who become involved with the criminal courts.
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Documents Posted as Required by Local Law 11 of 2003
Local Law 11 of 2003 requires that certain documents, which a department is required by law to provide to the Mayor and/or the City Council, also be posted on the department's website and provided to the city's centralized records department. These documents are posted below.
Annual Report for 2008 to the Mayor and City Council on Implementation of Administrative Code Sections 9-127 and 9-128 Regarding Discharge Planning Services
Letter to the City Council Regarding Department Purchase of Buses Pursuant to Local Law 38 Section 24-163.2 of the Administrative Code
Annual Report for 2007 to the Mayor and City Council on Implementation of Administrative Code Sections 9-127 and 9-128 Regarding Discharge Planning Services
Annual Report for 2006 to the Mayor and City Council on Implementation of Administrative Code Sections 9-127 and 9-128 Regarding Discharge Planning Services

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