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  • $6.5 million to support sexual assault victims, prevention programs

    $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

    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

    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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  • 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.

    Read the Press Release »

  • Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

    The Missing Persons Clearinghouse is seeking participates for the 2018 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. Applicants must be in fifth grade and must have their submissions postmarked by Jan. 26, 2018. The winning poster will be used as New York State's submission to the national judging competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Justice in Spring.

    Application and Instructions »

  • Governor Cuomo announces more than $6.5 million in grants to support services to sexual assault victims, enhance prevention and advocacy efforts

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $6.5 million in grants to 55 state-approved anti-sexual assault crisis and prevention programs operated by hospitals, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies statewide. The grants will help fund local crisis hotlines and direct services for sexual assault victims, such as crisis counseling, advocacy and trauma therapy, and support prevention and education in schools, on college campuses and in communities.

    Read the Press Release »

  • State law now permits certain non-violent criminal convictions to be sealed

    A provision in the state's landmark Raise the Age law allows individuals who have remained crime-free for 10 years to request that certain New York State convictions be sealed.

    More Information about the new law: English » Español »

    Application Forms and Instructions »

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  • 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.

    Read the Press Release »

  • 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.

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