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DOCCS is having trouble recruiting new staff: What can be done?

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The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCs) in New York is experiencing a significant shortage in law enforcement staff, an issue that started around 2019-2020.

Those doing the job now say the shortage directly to criminal justice reform limiting solitary confinement to 15 days citing safety concerns.


Recruitment numbers have fallen, with only 30 to 40 students graduating from the eight-week academy program recently, down from a typical 50 to 60.

The shortage of employees has forced corrections officers to work extended hours beyond their scheduled shifts.

Despite the challenges, the department is actively pursuing recruitment efforts, visiting malls and other venues to educate potential recruits about the job.

Discussions are ongoing with legislators and the governor’s office to find ways to enhance the compensation package for corrections officers. More information about working as a corrections officer can be found on the state’s website.



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