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What is the New York State Department of Corrections?

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The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is a department of the New York State government responsible for the confinement and habilitation of New York's prison population. As of 2015, it operates 54 prisons and manages approximately 53,000 inmates and 36,000 parolees, according to their website.

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In 2011, the Department of Corrections merged with the Division of Parole to form the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. The New York State Department of Corrections is chiefly responsible for the training of new corrections officers. It was established in 1971 as a reorganization of the state's previous prison system, according to correctionhistory.org.

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