New York City
Jan. 18, 1984 -- Sept. 22, 1986
NYS Correctional and Youth Services Association
activities involving NYC DOC:
was the caption kicker for the front page photo of ACA convention planners who included, from left, DOC Special Events Director Sandra Lewis Smith, former DOC Commissioner and then CAYSA President William Ciuros, CAYSA Treasurer Michael Theis, DOC Commissioner Jacqueline McMickens, and Chief of Operations Gloria Lee.
The City and its Department of Correction will be on display this August for corrections personnel the nation over who attend the American Correctional Association's 115th Congress of Correction - the first Congress staged in New York City in a quarter-century.
While some D.O.C. personnel are A.C.A. members who will attend sessions of the Congress, a greater number of departmental employees will help with security at the Congress and play host to delegates who tour facilities at the Tombs and on Rikers Island.
The official host agency for the Congress, the State Correctional and Youth Services Association, has delegated responsibility for security to the City D.O.C.
Commissioner Jacqueline McMickens, Co- Chair of the Host Committee, and Chief of Operations Gloria Lee, C.A.Y.S.A. Vice President, have assigned Supervising Warden Martin Monteiro to coordinate security arrangements.
The major body ot the Congress runs from Sunday, August 11 through Thursday August 15, and one of the highlights for about 5,000 delegates and guests should be "New York Night" - a gala evening of entertainment and food aboard the Staten Island Ferry on Monday night, August 12.
A special subway train will shuttle guests between the midtown Congress headquarters at the Hilton and the Sheraton Hotels and the Whitehall Street Ferry Dock.
Once aboard the ferry, guests will have a choice of music and cuisine on three separate decks with a panoramic view of the City as a backdrop - all for just $30 per person. Employees of the Department of Correction may participate in this event even if they are not A.C.A. members or Congress delegates.
If you would enjoy spending a summer's night in New York Harbor, hobnobbing with leaders in the correctional field the nation over, the Department's Director of Special Events, Sandra Lewis Smith, can supply more information at 374-4356.
Those facilities playing host to delegate tours will be the Manhattan House of Detention, which has quickly gained a wide reputation as one of America's outstanding urban jails; the Anna M. Kross Center, one of the nations largest detention tacilities; and the Rikers Island Complex.
The theme of the Congress will be, ''Public Policyl/Public Perceptions: Challenges for Corrections." It will be explored from a variety of perspectives in 14 major tracks and 62 supporting sessions, a series of intensive skills training workshops, and opening general and plenary sessions of the Congress.
There will also be an extensive display of the latest technological advancements in correction, exhibited by corporations from across the country.
"We are most pleased that the A.C.A. has chosen New York City for its 1985 Congress and that we have been able to play such an important role with the Host Committee," Chief Lee said.
"While not every one of our employees will be able to attend the sessions, our agency will be on display that week and I hope many of you share my excitement at that prospect. I also hope that a good number of our people can participate in New York Night. It will be our chance to show our visitors that we in the Big Apple not only work hard at providing proper cor rectional services, we also know how to throw one fine party."
was the caption kicker for the Page 8 photo of CAYSA's Rikers panel speakers who included, from left, Commissioner Jacqueline McMickens, State Supreme Court Appellate Justice William Thompson, former Deputy Mayor Nicholas Scoppetta, and Onondaga County Correction Commissioner William Ciuros, who headed CAYSA and formerly headed DOC.
The New York City Department of Correction and CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice recently co-sponsored a forum entitled "Correction: Its True Role in the System" at CIFW.
The forum featured key participants in the criminal justice process and highlighted the regional meeting of the State Correction and Youth Services Association.
Chief of Operations Gloria Lee's welcome to all the participants was followed by an address from Commissioner Jacqueline McMickens.
Commissioner McMickens asked what correction and criminal justice professionals must do to make the system function more efficiently. She urged the audience and the panelists to seek answers and test their individual talents to find the answers.
"Professionals in the business move the field forward," she said.
Dr. Lynch set the tone for the forum with a quote from Winston Churchill: "Show me the state of your pris6ns, and I'll tell you the state of your civilization."
John Coleman told the audience that correction itself is usually thought of last in the criminal justice system.
He said, "The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, with the federal government and the National Institute of Correction, are now partners in a system wide approach. We're trying to get all the actors-police, courts, correction, paroletogether to talk on what the issues are and to see how the pieces interrelate..."
Harvey Levinson, a former head of Nassau County Legal Aid, said a majority of the population feels that inmates are held in country-club like settings when the majority of the population cannot afford mortgage payments, special education and recreational classes for their children. "Being a pragmatist I see the true role of correction is to merely quarantine."
Nicholas Scoppetta called it a misnomer to consider the criminal justice system as a system because it is far too fragmented. He referred to it as a "process."
He proposed the courts should prosecute only those cases worthy of prosecution and use legislative reform to make the system run more efficiently.
Justice Thompson took the provocative position, stating that private enterprise may take over the role of correction as it stands now.
"Correction has not a true role if it continues on its present course," he said. "Correction will be out of business within the next five to ten years."
He cited a 1981 Rand Report which he said recommended that government get out of the correction business and contract the running of prisons to private industry.
Peter Yates cited statistics on the number of felonies committed in New York State. He said, "Out of the one million felonies committed a year in New York State, 100,000 result in arrest, from that, 30,000 are indicted, and from that number 10,000 go to prison."
He called for correction officials to make the public more aware of alternatives to incarceration.
A spirited exchange occurred in the question and answer part of the forum between Justic Thompson and Robert Slattery, president of the correction officers union at Sing Sing Prison.
Slattery said that correction seems "juicy" to the private sector and the correction officers today are dealing with an inmate who fears nothing.
Justice Thompson retorted, " By saying you can't do your job, you open the door to private enterprises because they feel they can do something with them."
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