Top Workplace 2017 Honors for DCJS
Agency secures first place in Albany Times Union’s annual ranking
of employers in the Capital Region.
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Queens Student Wins State’s Poster Contest
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Newest Crime Analysis Center Opens in Utica
Mohawk Valley Crime Analysis Center is one of eight in network established by DCJS in partnership with local law enforcement agencies.
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Aid to Crime Lab Funding application now available
The 2017-18 Aid to Crime Laboratories Request for Applications (RFA) is now available. The deadline for applications is Noon on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Questions about this funding application must be received by DCJS by Wednesday, May 3, 2017. Please send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and use "Aid to Crime Labs RFA" as the subject line.
Top Workplace 2017 recognition for the Division of Criminal Justice Services
The Division of Criminal Justice Services has been named a 2017 Top Workplace, securing first-place honors in the large employer category of the Albany Times Union’s Top Workplaces 2017 program. The large employer category recognizes businesses, agencies and organizations with more than 400 people on staff.
It was the first time the agency participated in the program, which ranks employers throughout the Capital Region based on employee surveys. Read more about the methodology for the program, which also recognized another state agency, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). The OCFS Human Services Call Center ranked 18th among 20 mid-size employers. It was the second year in a row the Call Center received Top Workplace honors.
Division of Criminal Justice Services Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, “We at DCJS function incredibly well as a team dedicated toward the primary goal of enhancing public safety. One of our core strengths as an organization is that we face challenges by seeking solutions instead of thinking something can’t be done. But there’s more to ensuring a positive workplace than good teamwork. We value planning, setting goals and measuring our progress, we embrace the importance of employee engagement and we also encourage employee growth and development. I’m proud that we can celebrate this distinction.”
Fidelity System Consultant RFP
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to hire a contractor to assist in developing an integrated Fidelity System to monitor programs that receive local assistance funding for direct services for justice-involved populations. The Fidelity System will include tools and structure for DCJS to measure how well programs have integrated the principles of effective correctional intervention into their program models. Additional information, including program goals, eligible applicants and other requirements are outlined in the RFP. The submission deadline is noon on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
Revised Proposed Ignition Interlock Rule Amendments
DCJS has submitted to the New York State Register a revised proposed Ignition Interlock rule amendments along with a summary of the rule amendments, and its assessment of public comments relative to earlier proposed rule amendments. DCJS’ Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives(OPCA) has posted the revised proposed rule amendments to Title 9 NYCRR Part 358, “Handling of Ignition Interlock Cases Involving Certain Criminal Offenders,” along with the rule amendment summary. The assessment of public comments can be found here or on the OPCA page. There is a 30-day public comment period ending on May 5, 2017. Please direct any public comments to the following email address: Linda.Valenti@dcjs.ny.gov.
Regulation Regarding the Partial Match Policy
Pursuant to Executive Law sections Executive Law sections 837(13) and 995-b(9), the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services has issued the following regulation concerning the Partial Match Policy. Changes were proposed in response to CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) software update at the National DNA Index System (NDIS). CODIS is the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) program of support for criminal justice DNA databases. CODIS has three levels: NDIS (FBI), the State DNA Index System or SDIS (state laboratories), and the Local DNA Index System or LDIS (local laboratories).
Changes were also proposed to align the language of the Partial Match Policy and regulations with current NDIS operating procedures; and to correct typographical errors, and/or to provide consistent language.
The text of the proposed rule and any required statements and analyses may be obtained from Natasha M. Harvin-Locklear, Esq., New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan Street, Albany, New York 12210, phone: (518) 457-8420, email: email@example.com. Public comment will be received until May 8, 2017.
Youth Pardon Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is offering executive pardons to New Yorkers convicted of non-violent crimes at ages 16 and 17 who have been crime-free for a minimum of 10 years since their offense.
For individuals who receive this pardon, the New York State Office of Court Administration has stated that it will restrict public access to criminal history records, meaning that they will not be available to private employers, landlords or other companies that seek this information.
Pro Bono Clemency Program
To assist individuals in applying for clemency, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is partnering with several organizations from the legal community to provide free clemency petition services to individuals incarcerated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.
Although individuals may apply for clemency without the assistance of an attorney, free assistance from one will enhance the quality of an inmate’s application and present his or her best case to the Governor. Please contact PardonsAndCommutations@doccs.ny.gov to learn more about this program.