Dangerously Low Staffing Levels Put Corrections Officers at Risk
NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s (DOCCS) staffingpolicy continues to put NYSCOPBA correction officers at risk every day they report forduty. Until the state takes action to rectify this situation, attrition will continue tooutpace the number of new officers entering the system.According to the formulas determined by the State, New York keeps staffing levelsdangerously low. DOCCS uses a formula to determine how many officers are needed tosafely and sufficiently staff each correctional facility, known as the “plot plan.” TheDivision of Budget then sets a staffing level for each prison, known as the “budget filllevel,” based on the plot plan and the Department’s staffing requests. Current staffinglevels fall well below each of these measures.
DOCCS Staffing Levels
Since January 2009:
The number of correction officers has dropped from 19,685 to 17,627 – resultingin 2,064 fewer officers on duty, a 10.5% decrease
The general confinement inmate population has decreased by just 9.6% – from54,488 to 49,241Currently, the New York’s state prisons are:
727 Officers below plot plan: Statewide plot plan = 18,205 officersAssigned to facilities = 17,478 officers
238 Officers below budget fill level (BFL): Approved BFL = 17,627Currently Filled = 17,389
Last week, DOCCS completed temporary dorm consolidations for the purpose of alleviating staff shortages.
Prison Dorm Consolidated Number of Beds Reduced
Bare Hill B South 6 53Gowanda C-2 60Washington A-1/A-2 46Watertown B-1 60