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Contact: Janine Kava, Press Office
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
(518) 457-8906 or (518) 275-5508 – cell       
For immediate release: Monday, March 23, 2009

Schenectady public access station to air three new episodes of “Criminal Justice Forum”

Beginning this week, Schenectady Public Access Channel 16 will air Three new episodes of “Criminal Justice Forum,” an educational program that discusses key issues in the criminal justice system.

Produced by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in partnership with Channel 16, Criminal Justice Forum has been airing 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday and 8 a.m. every Saturday, since August 2008.

Hosted by retired WRGB news anchor Jack Aernecke, Criminal Justice Forum runs 30 minutes and features in-depth interviews with experts on a variety of criminal justice topics. The three new episodes explore probation and correctional alternatives, offender re-entry, and the role of the New York State Crime Victims Board and will air beginning Wednesday, March 25; the probation episode will air first, followed by offender re-entry next Wednesday (April 1) and the role of the Crime Victims Board on April 8.

Other topics that have been explored on Criminal Justice Forum include child safety; sex offender management; domestic violence awareness and prevention; and human trafficking prevention training and education. Criminal Justice Forum also will be broadcast on other public access stations across the state.

DCJS is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; public education and outreach; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry and a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.

Schenectady Access Cable Council, Inc. (SACC-TV) was founded in 1974 as a non-profit corporation, chartered in New York State and franchised by the City of Schenectady. Its viewing area includes Schenectady and the Towns of Glenville, Niskayuna and Rotterdam and the Village of Scotia. The station reaches approximately 43,000 subscribers.