$6.5 million to support sexual assault victims, prevention
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announces funds to support 55 anti-sexual assault crisis and prevention programs. Read the Press Release »
First woman named NYS Police Officer of the Year
Syracuse Officer Kelsey Francemone recognized for her response to a dangerous melee on Father's Day 2016. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul presented
the award. Read the Press Release »
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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living in New York State.
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DCJS 2018-2019 Budget Testimony
State Division of Criminal Justice Services Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green delivered remarks during the Joint Budget Hearing on Public Protection on Tuesday, Jan. 30. In addressing state legislators, Commissioner Green discussed reductions in crime and the prison population in New York, along with the agency's ongoing support for innovative evidence-based programs that are improving public safety.
New York State marks February as Teen Dating Abuse Awareness Month
The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence has launched a social media advertising campaign and toolkit that aim to educate teens that hurtful and cruel words and controlling language and behavior are red flags in dating relationships. The “Teen Dating Abuse is #NotJustPhysical” campaign will run throughout February on Snapchat and Instagram, targeting teens who are 13 through 17 and connecting them with resources, information and help if they are worried about themselves or a friend.
More than $650,000 in grants awarded to law enforcement to support video-recording of custodial interrogations
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced more than $650,000 in grants to help 28 local law enforcement agencies in 23 counties across the state either purchase recording equipment to conduct video interrogations or replace existing systems that are either faltering or in need of upgrade. The funding will help these agencies - including 14 recipients that had not previously received the grant - comply with a forthcoming law requiring law enforcement to video record interrogations for most serious crimes.
All 62 counties throughout the state have at least one agency capable of video recording interrogations. Since 2011, New York has provided more than $4.15 million to approximately 365 police agencies and prosecutors' offices across the state for the purchase and installation of video-recording equipment. County district attorneys' offices and local law enforcement agencies outside of New York City could apply for the grants, which are fully federally funded and administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services.
State law now permits certain non-violent criminal convictions to be sealed
Governor Cuomo announces more than $7.6 million for programs designed to reduce recidivism, reliance on incarceration
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced more than $7.6 million in funding will support programs designed to help individuals involved in the criminal justice system build skills, obtain substance abuse and mental health treatment, and connect with services to help them break the cycle of recidivism. A total of 31 local agencies and not-for-profit organizations in eight regions across the state have been awarded funding. The grants continue the Governor's ongoing commitment to ensuring New York remains among the safest states in the nation, while continuing to reduce its reliance on incarceration.
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.