New York State Department of Corrections
First, if you are a family member or loved one, you may want to see this excellent Handbook for Families and Friends of NYS DOCS Inmates to help you understand more about the NYS DOCS.
Another great resource for family members to find support, information and assitance is Prison Talk
If you want to contact the New York State Department of Correctional Services to do an inmate lookup, there are some procedures of the system and some rules to follow.
You can do an Internet lookup of inmates at the facility 24 hours a day 7 days a week to get the necessary information about contacting them.
Need to send mail to an inmate in a NYSDOCS Facility?If you want to send any mail to an inmate, use the mailing address found for the appropriate state correctional facility. On the first line of the envelope, put the inmate's name along with their Department Identification Number(DIN).
Check the state's Departmental Directive #4422 for rules and regulations about the content of correspondence. Departmental Directive #4911 talks about the rules and regulations of sending or delivering packages to inmates.
Are All Inmates Allowed Visitors at NYSDOC?
Most inmates are part of the Inmate Visitor Program so that they may have some personal contact with loved ones, relatives, and friends.
Directive #4403 tells of the rules and regulations for Department staff, visitors, and inmates within the jurisdiction of the NYS DOCS.
Likewise, most inmates may receive or send personal telephone calls from or to up to 15 different telephone numbers. Department Directive #4423 sets down their governing rules and regulations. For any other rules and regulations concerning procedures, the Department of Correctional Services website contains a list of directives concerning these.
NYS Department of Correctional Services
1220 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12226-2050
Programs at the NYSDOCS
- Substance Abuse Treatment Services
- Guidance and Counseling
- Ministerial, Family and Volunteer Services
- Correctional Industries
- Education (Vocational)
- Education (Academic)
- Temporary Release
- Division of Hispanic and Cultural Affairs
- Library Services
- Resource Management
- Transitional Services Program
- Special Subjects
The NYSDOCS offers a lot of great resources for inmate and family members.
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