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Below this italicized introductory note are the texts of that issue's stories as well as its graphics and two photos. First is the story -- "Commissioner's Holiday Celebration Dec. 9th" -- that appeared on Page 1 of the newsletter. That text here begins beneath an image of its orginial headline that was set in an Optima typeface.

Also on that page were a holiday greetings graphic and a photograph of New York City Department of Correction Commissioner Anthony Schembri with the then City Council Speaker Peter Vallone during the latter's visit to Rikers Island.

Dateline -- its name appeared next to the Volume Number on the left side of the Correction News nameplate -- was a grayscale 4-pager published monthly. Correction News itself contained many more pages and was published seasonally.

The small Dateline edition usually featured one main front page story, a monthly calendar of DOC-related scheduled events, often a Commissioner's Report, a Quicky Quiz, a cartoon, brief notes of interest, and personnel items.

DOC’s annual yule observance, the Commissioner’s Holiday Celebration, will be held Friday, Dec. 9th, at the Correction Academy in Middle Village.

The festivities will include music provided by a disk jockey (CO Garret Buckley, AMKC), dancing, plenty of food and drink.

Above is a copy of the grayscale graphic that accompanied the December 1994 Correction News Dateline Page 1 story.
The occasion is one of the very few during the year when the entire Correction family can be together.

The celebration will begin at 7 PM and run to midnight.

The event is open to all Correction Department employees, uniformed and civilian.

Each employee is invited to bring a guest.

Admission will be without charge but employees will be required to show identification.

Convenient Parking, Transit
Situated at 66-26 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, in the Caldor/Rentar Plaza near Christ the King High School, the Academy affords ample opportunity for free parking and provides convenient access to rapid transit.

Above is a copy of the stand-alone image box -- a grayscale photo having its own headline and story caption, all enclosed within its own border -- on Page 1 of the December 1994 Correction News Dateline issue.
The Academy is a short walk from the Metropolitan Ave. station that is the Queens terminus of the “M” - Nassau Street Local Line accessible to Manhattan DOCers at stations throughout lower Manhattan (Wall St., City Hall, Chambers and Canal). The line’s other terminus is Brooklyn’s Bay Parkway.

City transit bus routes Q54 and Q58, Queens Surface bus route 67 and Triboro Coach bus routes 38 and 39 also stop near the Academy.

Among those working on arrangements are:

ADW Thomas L. Holley, COs Edward Aswad, Lewis Cash, Louis Dixel,and Evan Rivera, and civilians Maureen Serge, Rente Harper, and Freddie Wallace- Rakis, electronic graphics support co-ordinator, all Central Office;

ADW Joseph Patrissi and Capt. Ellen Cooper, RMSC;

ADW Allen Kozich, Industries; CO James Corrigan, MDC.

Above is a downsized copy of the grayscale calendar that dominated Page 2 of the December 1994 Correction News Dateline issue.
Correction Dateline, a calendar of DOC-related events which were scheduled for that month, dominated Page 2 of the Dec. 1994 Correction News Dateline issue.

The heading over the days of the week identified it as published by the NYC DOC Office of Public Information and provided the unnamed editor's work phone number.

Only six columns were allotted for the days of the week, with Saturdays and Sundays both sharing the sixth column. Three dollars in a date box signified "pay day."

The calendar did not limit itself to Departmental events but also included events planned by recognized DOC affiliated organization.

Above is an image of the issue's Quicky Quiz.
For example, the Demember chart of dates included events sponsored by the Emerald Society, Guardians, Hispanic Society, Columbia Association, Correction Officers for Christ, the Maccabees, Women in Correction, the Correction Captains Association, among others.

If an affiliated group's events were missing from a particular month's calendar, the cause often could be traced to that organization not comunicating the information in time for publication.

Above is an image of the issue's Quicky Quiz answers upsidedown. Click to see rightsideup. Use browser's "back" button to return.
Where a date box had sufficient space to include an organization's logo as well as the event data, it might be used but that graphic could be dropped to make room for an additional event.

The date boxes shared by Saturdays and Sundays were not always divided evenly. The division depended on which day had the more events to note.

Below the Page 2 calendar were a Quicky Quiz, its answers printed upsidedown, and the latest cartoon in the "Officer Lock-In" series, C.O. drawn, that had begun with the November 1993 issue.

Since turning the computer monitor upsidedown or standing on one's head to read the Quicky Quiz answers would be impractical, clicking the upsidedown answers image will access them right-side-up. Use your browser's back button .

Usually the Quicky Quiz questions were historical in their subject matter. They might be viewed in retrospect today as the first steps that led unwittingly to the eventual emergence of the correction history web site on which this is being presented . . . again.

Below is the banner graphic for the Commissioner's Report that overarched the text on Page 3 of the December 1994 issue of Correction News Dateline. The graphic included a small grayscale h&s photo of Commissioner Schembri. For layout design purposes, three small boxes with brief news items were inserted to relieve the too-solid look of the main text.

Recently I spoke before a City Council committee about the Financial Plan. I want to share what I said with you. The plan calls for a $31 million DOC reduction in this fiscal year. That will annualize to $58 million in subsequent fiscal years. These are significant reductions, but they will not disable this Department.

Meeting these reduction targets will be accomplished, in part, through the elimination of 897 uniformed positions and 403 civilian positions and through lowering Other Than Personal Services expenditures by $1.8 million.

These cuts, while difficult, have forced us to re-examine priorities and more creatively manage limited resources. We are learning how to do more with less.

Image of one of the three Page 3 text boxes.
Let me describe how we will accommodate these reductions:

First, to incorporate the proposed reduction of uniformed staff, Chief of Department Taylor has initiated a comprehensive survey to identify uniformed posts which can be eliminated.

We are also aggressively seeking ways to incorporate advanced technology as a means both to reduce the need for staffing and to increase facility security. Let me emphasize that in no way will we compromise security of staff, the public or inmates.

Second, we will petition federal court for relief from various burdensome mandates.

Example: DOC is under a court order to wash all windows in our facilities four times a year. This costs $400,000 annually and exceeds reasonable expectations as a minimum standard.

To help reduce uniformed posts, we will petition the court to allow us to change the inmates’ lock-in schedule, and reduce law library hours -- all currently governed by court decree.

Image of one of the three Page 3 text boxes.
Third -- and this is unfortunate, but necessary -- we will terminate or drastically reduce virtually all non-mandated program services including

  • substance abuse services,
  • non-mandated educational services,
  • the inmate farm,
  • Fresh Start,
  • correctional counseling, and
  • alternatives to incarceration programs including HIIP, STEP, inmate monitoring, and work-release.

I realize these programs have merit. In fact, I had once hoped to expand such services to inmates. However, we can no longer afford to do everything we would like. We must determine priorities.

For DOC, as a public safety agency, these priorities begin with performance of our core responsibilities - that is, to maintain a safe and secure environment for the care and control of inmates in our custody.

In evaluating programs, it is significant to note that the average length of stay per inmate has dropped from 66 days in fiscal year 1993 to a current 49 days in October 1994. In fact, over 50% of inmates stay less than seven days in DOC custody. As a result of this trend towards shorter stays, the potential impact of programs is diminished.

As this happens, the role of the city and the private sector must be expanded. Deputy Commissioner for Programs, Fred Patrick, is currently working with the DOC’s Community Advisory Board members to identify appropriate community-based services for released inmates.

Image of one of the three Page 3 text boxes.
Finally, in addition to the 168 civilian positions reduced by eliminating certain programs, an additional 235 civilians will be eliminated from non-mandated functions to reach our target of 403. I hope this can be achieved through the city’s severance program. However, since this program is highly reliant on personal situation and choice, we cannot predict who will opt to leave. Therefore, the operational impact on particular areas in the department is unknown. I do know, however, that the loss of an additional 235 civilians, whether through attrition, severance or redeployment, will significantly challenge the management of this agency.

Together, we will manage the department with the resources available. Unfortunately, at this time, resources are limited. We have been forced to make some difficult decisions. For my part, I assure you, in making decisions, my first priority is safety in our jails. Staff safety and public safety are essential elements of jail safety, not just inmate safety.

Below is the banner graphic for the Correction People feature that overarched the text and illustration on Page 4 of the December 1994 issue of Correction News Dateline. The Santa illustration, while including within itself a list of DOC-related holiday season parties, encouraged having joyful spirits but cautioned against having too much alcoholic spirits.

At least three Correction families are seeking blood donors for their loved ones in need during this holiday season of giving.

Michael Yueng, son of CO Kong Yuen, JATC, is in Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital.

CO Paul Singleman, GMDC and son of retired Deputy Warden Gerard Singleman, is in North Shore University Hospital, Mont Pavilion, Bone Marrow/Leukemij Section, Manhasset, L.I.

CO Lawrence Amodeo, NJC, seriously injured in a Thanksgiving Day car accident, is in Good Samaritan Hospital, West Jslip, L.I.

To donate for Yueng, call (212) 639-XXXX; for Singleman, (516) 562- XXXX; for Amodeo, (800) 933-XXXX

CO Edward Crismali, JATC died Oct. 31. Rochelle Lewis, former CO and wife of CO Joseph Lewis, QHDM, died Oct. 31. Capt. Frank Fernandez, BkHDM, brother of CO Raymond Fernandez, also BkHDM, died Nov. 1.
Paulette D. Johnson has been appointed Executive Director of Nutritional Services . . . Mashere Pride-Rawls has been named Acting Director of the Inmate Grievance Resolution Program. Warden Ralph McGrane
XXX became Acting Assistant Chief for Div. II on Nov. 30 . . . Warden James Kane now heads AMKC and Warden David I. Kalos moves from QHDM to CIFM.

Transportation Capt. Steve Grodewald


received the NY Shields “Hero of the Month” award for “heroism [whilel in conflict with an armed adversary.”

Diane Ward (212 266-1604) is looking for Central Office Reception Gallery winter photos/art.

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