National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
The Missing Persons Clearinghouse is seeking participants for the 2019 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest.
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DCJS named 2018 Top Workplace
The Division of Criminal Justice Services has been named an Albany Times Union Top Workplace for the second year in a row.
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New York State Trooper Joel R. Davis posthumously honored with 2017 Lifesaving Award
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced that Trooper Joel R. Davis of the New York State Police was posthumously honored with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services' Lifesaving Award for his role in responding to a violent domestic dispute in Jefferson County on July 9, 2017. When Trooper Davis arrived at the scene in the town of Theresa, he engaged a gunman as a woman and two children sought refuge in a nearby shed. During the incident, Trooper Davis was fatally shot. The award was presented to Trooper Davis' family this morning at a ceremony at the State Police's Watertown station, where fellow Troopers also unveiled a marker in his memory.
Division of Criminal Justice Services launches Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank and Research Consortium
The Division of Criminal Justice Services has launched a new website for law enforcement professionals to share promising and innovative programs and practices designed to reduce crime and recidivism. The Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank provides professionals the opportunity to learn from each other and access national criminal justice resources. The website also features information about the Criminal Justice Research Consortium, which connects police, prosecutors and probation professionals with academics across the state to research and develop evidence-based approaches to address specific public safety issues in their communities.
National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
The Missing Persons Clearinghouse is seeking participants for the 2019 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest. Applicants must be in fifth grade and must have their submissions postmarked by Jan. 25, 2019. 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 the Spring.
New York State announces $2.2 million in grants to reduce recidivism
New York State has awarded more than $2.2 million in funding for jail-based programs to help individuals who are incarcerated change patterns of thinking, improve positive motivation and further develop social skills that will help them lead crime-free lives. Administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services, the funding will allow nine not-for-profit organizations and one local agency to offer cognitive behavioral intervention services at 11 county jails across the state for the first time. The funding will continue four existing programs in three counties and in New York City.
Key provision of New York State’s Raise the Age now in effect
A key provision of New York State’s Raise the Age law is now effective. The law removes 16-year-olds who have committed a criminal act as of midnight on Monday, Oct. 1 from the adult criminal justice system and places them in age-appropriate settings where they can receive needed services and treatment to avoid recidivism. Those 16-year-olds who are arrested for non-violent offenses will have the same opportunities for diversion and community-based services as youth 15 and under.
Meanwhile, 16-year-olds charged with serious offenses will be processed as adolescent offenders in a Youth Part of criminal court and placed in specialized secure detention facilities for adolescents instead of adult jails. The law will extend to 17-year-olds on October 1, 2019.
The law also allows individuals who have remained crime-free for 10 years to request that certain New York State convictions be sealed.
Statistics » This chart details the number of individuals who have had cases sealed since the provision’s Oct. 7, 2017, effective date. The data are detailed by month and county in which the court granted the seal.
Voter Registration Information
New York State Executive Order #169 requires the Division of Criminal Justice Services and other state agencies to make voter registration information available to members of the public. To register to vote you must: be a U.S. citizen; be 18 years old by the end of the year in which you register; not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction; and not claim the right to vote elsewhere. Call 1-800-FOR-VOTE or send an email to DCJS at firstname.lastname@example.org. to request a form to be mailed to you. Please use “New York State Voter Registration Form” as the subject line. You may also use the registration form to change your name and/or address on file with the Board of Elections; join a political party for the first time; or change your political party.
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.