Page 6 of the March 1982 issue of the NYC Department of Correction Inside Out newsletter [See image of Page 6 at right] consisted of:
Image of Page 6 of the March 1982 issue of NYC DOC's Inside Out tabloid-size newsletter.
- a biographical article on Rose M. Singer,
- two photos of a CO recruitment drive's sidewalk campaign and
- continuation of the Inspection Services Division formation story from Page 1.
The staff of Inside Out included Errol D. Toulon, then a C.O. who served as its photographer.
In due course, he would rise through the ranks to become Correction Academy Deputy Warden during the 1990s.
In the summer of 2010, Toulon, a Monroe College professor, made available to this website a copy of the March 1982 issue of Inside Out.
From that issue copy, the NYCHS webmaster has created this eight-page web presentation of extracted images and texts.
This web page's images and texts were extracted from that newsletter issue's Page 6.
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“If we all went back to three basics, respect for the
parent, the teacher and the police,” Rose Singer said, “I
know this would be a better city to live in and a better
world to live in too. Those ethics would have to change
the climate of today.”
The pursuit of those ethics has been a hallmark of
Mrs. Singer’s public service career in the service of
many mayors, and there is no sign that Rose Singer has
any intention of slowing down today. She remains the
most visible of the eight members of the Board of Correction who work with the chairman, Peter Tufo.
“Years ago when my three children were in school
and I had the time to look around, I decided that I
wanted to do something constructive in the city,” Mrs.
Singer said as she sipped tea during an interview. “My
husband met Eleanor Roosevelt and Melvin Douglas
and they discussed my ambitions. Citizens Union was
suggested, and I was approached to work with them.
A special task force, comprised primarily of members of the Rikers Island Training Academy
staff, went into the streets late in 1981 to help attract recruits. Their efforts, combined with
an advertising campaign conducted by the Office of Public Affairs and some strong telephone
contact work from the Applicant Investigation Unit, led to one of the Department’s most
successful recruiting campaigns in recent history, with more than 3,000 recruits expected to
qualify for appointment. Top, Martha Charles hands brochure to passer-by in the Bronx.
Bottom, Robert DeRosa and Mary Marion sign up an applicant as his young son looks on.
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“Let’s see, the Mayor was Fiorello LaGuardia. This
was during the war years and I was young. Their offer
seemed perfect, so I naturally accepted it.”
Their first office was at 99 Park Avenue and eventually the group were the first inhabitants of the City
Hall basement. “We had a consumer services division,
much the same as Consumer Affairs today,” she recalls.
In fact, I think today’s agency is a spinoff of what we
started years ago. “I became acutely aware that we
needed such services to the public because prices were
“You wouldn’t remember those days, but people sold
apples on the street.” That hit me so hard. People had
to know what they were doing with money, and how
they could best utilize their funds. We gave courses in
“How to Make a House a Home,” and we were the first
group to start swap shops. We had one at the Henry
Street Settlement and the other on Madison Avenue.
They were very successful for those difficult times.”
After her involvement with the Citizens Union, Mrs.
Singer became interested in the courts through her
long-time friend, Anna Kross. “I was invited to sit with
her in Magistrates Court which preceded the Family
Court of today,” she said. “Then I was selected for jury
She paused and shook her head. “Jury duty in those
days was shocking,” she continued. “Everyone sat
around from 9:00 am. until evening not to be called. We
were in this big room doing absolutely nothing.
“People lost money. The big pay for all of those hours
was only $6.00 per day. As I sat there, I decided that I
would prepare a study and eventually do a brochure on
the courts and make an attempt to raise jurors’ pay.”
She accomplished all of this in addition to having a film
produced to orient prospective jurors in what would be
expected of them. Another study on the Judiciary ended
in another brochure called, “Toward Better Judges.”
This brochure was widely acclaimed and copies were
requested from courts nationally.
policy and procedure development, plan-
ning for current and future needs of the
department, coordinating the various
components of the department, and de-
veloping comprehensive rules, regu-
lations, procedures and guidelines.”
Goldman is an attorney with extensive
experience in planning and research
within the criminal justice system. He
rose to the rank of captain with the New
York City Housing Police before joining
the Department of Correction at the
urging of Commissioner Benjamin
Ward, who came into contact with Gold-
man when he was Housing Police Chief.
“When we decided to form an In-
spectional Services Division, we went for
the best we could find,” Koehler said. “It
didn’t take long for us to decide that Bob
Goldman was our man.”
As part of the department’s commit-
ment to its newest division, Koehler and
Goldman went about recruiting a strong
staff from among candidates within the
agency and both say they are very satis-
fled with the personnel they have assem-
bled. Second in command to Goldman is
Deputy Warden James Hunter, who has
been Deputy Warden for Security at the
Brooklyn House of Detention for Men be-
fore taking on his latest assignment.
“It is easy to be a critic,” Goldman said
recently in his new office at 100 Centre
Street. “It is extremely difficult to per- 17
form. The Inspectional Services Division
is not a group of ‘hotshots’ ready to crit-
“It is a group of highly-skilled and ded-
icated individuals assigned the task of
solving problems, not merely identifying
While the division will be available for
assignments such as the one that fol-
lowed the Brooklyn escape, the key to its
success is likely to lie in more routine
efforts and, ultimately, for the concept on
ongoing operational audits to be under-
taken at the institutional level.
“One of the first major projects we
have decided to undertake is the imple-
mentation of a self-inspection procedure for utilization by individual commands,”
Goldman explained. “This process will
provide commanding officers with stan-
dards for them to measure the level of
performance and control within their
areas of responsibility. Further—and
more important—it will provide a tool
for commanders to identify systems or
procedures that need attention and it
will enable them to effectuate changes.”
The new Inspectional Services division
has been structured by Koehler and
Goldman in manner designed to keep its
various missions from overlapping. It
contains an inspections section, a special
projects unit, a management directives
and orders unit, and a fiscal audits unit.
Commissioner Benjamin Ward said
that establishment of such an ongoing
effort at self-evaluation has long been a
personal goal of his and he noted that
such a practice already has a track
record within the department.
“It is popular today for those in the
agency to point with pride at the dra-
matic success achieved by our staff at
ARDC,” the Commissioner said. “But I
wonder how many of us recall that it was
a field inspection and audit that began
the turn-around at ARDC. We didn’t
have an inspection unit in place then, so
we formed an ad hoc team to do the job.
But the concept was the same and the
result is undeniable.”
The exact complement of the In-
spectional Services division will be de-
termined as it begins to tackle its vari-
ous tasks, Koehler said, but six members
of the department share with Goldman
and Hunter the distinction of being there
first-—charter members, so to speak, of
the newly-formalized exercise in self-
evaluation. They include Assistant Dep-
uty Wardens Robert Brennan, Harvey
Pierce and James Rosas, Captains Patri-
cia Thomas, Bruce Sullivan, Paul Cascio
and Peter Kozack and Officers Arthur
Rambert and Joan Codrington.
“Our motto is Modern Methodology,”
Goldman reports. “Our attitude is Can
Mrs. Singer received two degrees from Columbia
University in Psychology, but her interest remained
civic. “Eleanor Roosevelt was such a lovely woman, she
was interested in young people. She inspired me.”
Through the Citizens Union, Mrs. Singer aimed more
programs at the public. “Better Breakfast Week” and
“Consumer Education Week” were part of her continuing effort in consumer education. Mrs. Singer
formed Radio for Children and acted as its president to
organizing the committee of Radio Council on Children’s Programs. She says, “It is just now, just today,
that we are becoming aware of the linkage to violence
and television viewing. Now, studies are being done all
of the time to back this up.”
In 1957, Mayor Robert Wagner formed the first Board
of Correction. Mrs. Singer was appointed and today she
is the only original member of that board, lasting
through five mayors.
Mrs. Singer is currently Chairperson of the Voluntary Advisory Council to the New York City
Department of Correction; Chairperson of the Advisory
Committee and Vice-chairperson of Friendly Visitors;
Vice President of the Home Advisory and Service Council of New York, Inc.; Board Member and member of the
Executive Committee of the Woman’s Prison Association and the Isaac T. Hopper Home; Secretary of
Japan-American Institute of Culture; Member of City
Club (one of the first women to be invited to join this
club); Member of the National Board of Trustees,
National Conference of Christians and Jews. That
names only a few of her involvements today.
In addition, she finds time to attend every departmental ceremony and it is not unusual to see her
engaged in deep conversation with an inmate at CIFW.
She is fiercely interested in people, and that interest
seems to have deepened over the years. Her written
reports published in brochure form include, Special
Terms of the Magistrates Court, Jury System Toward
Better Judges and A Citizens Guide to Crime Control.
The walls of her study are lined with plaques and
awards. The awards she covets most are The Handel
Award of the City of New York, a citation from the
Citizens Union of New York, an award from the
National Recreation Association, and the Isaac T.
Hooper award from the Women’s Prison Association.
That award has only been given out twice. Prominently
displayed is the Key to New York City and the Key to
Tokyo. The latter was awarded to her because she organized and was a Vice-chairperson of the New York-
Tokyo Sister Cities Committee.
Looking toward her future, Mrs. Singer’s calendar is
blacked with engagements, meetings and commitments. “The most important thing,” she says, “Are our
young people. The children. They must be taught by the
parents, right from wrong, and we have to remove the
stigma of incarceration. Rehabilitation is a need to
resocialize, and we have to respect our elected officials.
People need to make voices heard. The voices of voters.
So I go back to the basics. The parent, where it begins,
the teacher who takes over and of course, the law.”
This is Page 6 of the New York Correction History Society's web presentation of images and texts extracted from NYC DOC's Inside Out issue of March 1982. Links to all 8 pages of the presentation -- each based on its corresponding page in the printed newsletter -- are listed below:
- Page 1 -- Inmate Count Steady, Koch to Grads, Inspection Division Formed.
- Page 2 -- Commissioner Ward's "editorial," Inmate Count story continuation.
- Page 3 -- Start of IIS, of PC lessons for inmates, of E.A.P.
- Page 4 -- DOCers in shooting competition & police olympics, On the Gate personals.
- Page 5 -- Starts: inmate grievance program, KCHPW, centralized & computerized TD.
- Page 6 -- Rose Singer bio, CO recruitment drive, Inspection Div. story continuation.
- Page 7 -- EEO Policy, IG Eng bio, 4 photos of shows at Rikers facilities..
- Page 8 -- Koehler bio, inmates repair parks, HDM COs honor Capt. Giles, IG story jump
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