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  • New York's work to fund effective, cost-efficient alternative to incarceration programs garners national attention from Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

    DCJS Commissioner highlights work during Legislative Budget Hearing

    New York State has been recognized as a leader in promoting smart, cost-effective and evidence-based policy making. The state’s work to identify and fund criminal justice programs that are both effective in reducing recidivism and cost-efficient in using taxpayer dollars is the subject of a case study recently published by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative.

    New York is one of 20 states participating in the Results First Initiative, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Pew-MacArthur study was cited by DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green during his testimony before the state Legislature’s 2016 Joint Budget Hearing Thursday.

    The Results First initiative works with states and municipalities to develop the tools policy makers need to identify and fund effective programs that yield high returns on investment. As part of Results First, Pew-MacArthur identifies promising work done by participating states and shares those best practices through case studies and issues briefs so others can benefit from the experience. DCJS coordinates New York's participation in the initiative.

    As Commissioner Michael C. Green advised legislators: "Through the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, DCJS has strengthened the state's community-based alternative to incarceration (ATI) network, funding programs that are effective in reducing recidivism and cost-efficient. We are training ATI providers, in addition to implementing a fidelity and evaluation system to ensure the programs we fund are delivered as designed."

    Read his full testimony, which highlights Governor Cuomo's proposed criminal justice reforms, among other initiatives.

    Read the Press Release » Read the Case Study » Learn More about Results First »

  • Deadline extended for National Missing Children's Day Poster Contest entries

    Know a fifth-grader in New York State who’s got artistic talent? Encourage the budding Picasso to enter the New York State contest being coordinated in conjunction with the National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Coordinated by the New York State Missing Persons Clearinghouse at DCJS, the contest will determine which fifth-grader’s design competes against those created by their peers across the country in the national competition. In addition to selecting a first-place winner, New York State will award prizes for second and third place.

    The contest is a unique way to educate youth about personal safety, the dangers of running away and to raise awareness of missing children’s case in New York State and across the country. 

    National Missing Children’s Day has been marked annually on May 25 since 1983.

    Contest Rules » 2016 Contest Activity Guide » 2016 Contest Application » 2016 Contestant Release Form » Learn More »


    Caller posing as "Division of Criminal Justice" worker offering to resolve legal matters is not affiliated with DCJS

    Several individuals from out of state recently have received calls from someone claiming to be from the “New York Division of Criminal Justice” and offering to resolve a pending legal matter. In at least one instance, the caller provided the individual’s Social Security number to lend credibility to his offer.

    These are fraudulent callers who are in no way affiliated with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

    Residents in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida have received such calls since early November. DCJS has notified New York State Police, which is investigating. If you receive such a call, it is critical that you do not provide any personal information. This scam is similar to one earlier this year that attempted to collect loans and/or recover payments; those calls targeted people in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio.

    Additionally, please note that DCJS is a criminal justice support agency, not an enforcement or investigatory agency. If you receive a suspicious call, please notify the New York State Police at crimetip@troopers.ny.gov or your local law enforcement agency. Be sure to report the time of the call, the phone number if you have it and any information relayed to you during the conversation.

  • New York's #CombatHeroin Campaign details help, resources available

    New York State’s  #CombatHeroin website – http://combatheroin.ny.gov – provides help and resources for parents, adults and young people who are seeking help and information about this growing  epidemic.

    The site includes information about warning signs of heroin and opioid abuse and misuse, access to state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services treatment providers, and guidance to help parents talk to their children and health care professionals talk with their patients. It also includes links to four public service announcements and video messages from New Yorkers talking about the impact of heroin and other opioids on their lives.

    Read Governor Cuomo's Press Release »