An amendment to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $168 billion spending plan would reform how the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision disciplines employees accused of safety and security violations.

The addition to the budget is aimed at strengthening the employee disciplinary process and streamlines hiring for correction officers.

“New York’s correction officers work day in and day out ensure the security of our communities,” Cuomo said. “The current system, however, makes it difficult to hold bad actors fully accountable. The bottom line is that those who break the law and abuse their positions of power must be held responsible for their misconduct, and this proposal will help to ensure accountability and promote safety in the correctional system.”

The changes to the disciplinary process include having an arbiter issue a disciplinary recommendation and have the DOCCS commission make the final determination in cases that involve serious acts of misconduct, including the use of excessive force, false reporting, failure to report excessive force or the use or possession of drugs or an inappropriate sexual relationship.

Cuomo’s budget includes several criminal justice system changes, including an elimination of bail for people who face misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges.