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Mr. Brian Fischer

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Local Address: New York, New York, United States
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's Degree , Professional Studies
  • Bachelor's Degree , Psychology
  • Master's Degree , Guidance and Counseling
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Brian Fischer, Board Member |, 16 Sept 2013 [cached]
Brian Fischer, Board Member
"Hudson Link is demonstrating that prison education is a fiscally sound and humanitarian effort that provides public safety for everyone."
Brian Fischer is Commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Commissioner Fischer leads the nation's fourth-largest state correctional system with 57,069 offenders incarcerated in 67 facilities and is responsible for the community supervision of 37,917 parolees.
He has served on the Board of Directors at Hudson Link since 2007. His knowledge, experience and dedication to enhancing efficacy and improving offender programs within New York's prison system have been integral to Hudson Link's success, and consequently, to the success of our graduates.
In addition to college programs, Mr. Fischer has championed services for inmates with serious mental health needs, and implemented several non-traditional programs, including some of which have become models for other prisons: transitional re-entry programs, theater, and domestic violence and parenting skills for men. He knows the value of these programs in fostering the very best individual human potential while benefitting, ultimately, the whole of society.
"It is a win-win situation," he says. "And Hudson Link enables that potential, the key being its willingness to look at what can be, rather than what was, for those who seek our help."
Commissioner Fischer also sits on the board of Puppies Behind Bars, a program that allows inmates to raise puppies that are then trained to be Seeing Eye dogs and, most recently, as special service dogs for disabled veterans.
Mr. Fischer has been an adjunct professor at both Pace University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Commissioner Fischer has received recognition by a number of organizations, most recently:
Mr. Fischer was born in Brooklyn and has lived most of his life in Rockland County. He is married and has two grown sons. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling, and a Master's Degree in Professional Studies.
Brian Fischer
Board of Directors | Puppies Behind Bars, 8 Jan 2015 [cached]
Brian Fischer
Commissioner, New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (ret.)
Department of Corrections ..., 15 Mar 2013 [cached]
Department of Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer
Past Conferences [cached]
Some of the nation's leading corrections chiefs, including Matthew Cate, Secretary of California's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and New York State Corrections chief Brian Fischer came together for a candid conversation about the state of the nation's prison systems and the impact of early release legislation.
The Constitution/Urban CNY News online edition, 14 Jan 2011 [cached]
Brian Fischer will be reappointed Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services, a position that he has held since his confirmation in 2007. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Fischer was one of nine Supervising Superintendents with responsibility for the management of six correctional facilities in addition to being the Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility from 2000-2007. He served as the Superintendent of the Queensboro Correctional Facility for nine years after serving as the Director of Support Operations from 1986-1991. Mr. Fischer began his career in the New York State Department of Correctional Services as a Deputy Superintendent in 1975. From 1968-1975, Mr. Fischer was at the New York State Narcotic Addiction Control Commission, where he rose from a Parole Officer to Assistant Director. Glenn Martin, Vice President of Development and Public Affairs at the Fortune Society, said, "Commissioner Brian Fischer has built enormous respect and trust among advocates and reentry service providers like The Fortune Society because of his commitment to increasing the likelihood that people released from prison have the tools necessary to be productive and contributing members of their communities.
Brian's focus on public-private collaboration and the long term success of people released from prison is apparent in his investment in rehabilitative programs, discharge planning and helping to create a seamless transition between prison and the reentry organizations that exist in the community,"
"Brian Fischer is a nationally known and respected corrections professional who is held in very high regard by corrections officers and officials.
In this environment, Brian Fischer is a terrific person to lead New York's corrections agency.
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