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New position created to address complaints regarding New York state prison system

An influx of complaints regarding the New York state prison system has led New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang to announce a new position responsible for coordinating investigations.

Lang announced this week that an attorney in charge will be appointed to coordinate the Office of the Inspector General’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) investigations, audits, and compliance measures, according to The Citizen.

According to Lang, the Office of the Inspector General received 2,524 complaints in 2021, 1,447 of which were related to DOCCS. Lang stated that the creation of an attorney-in-charge position “will equip us to proactively identify and address gaps and trends that can affect some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers, those in the prison system.”