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  • Law enforcement eligible for funding to expand video recording of statements

    The 2016-17 Video Recording of Statements (VRS) Equipment Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 5, 2016.

    Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted to DCJS at funding@dcjs.ny.gov no later than Monday, July 18, 2016. Please reference "Video Recording of Statements Equipment RFP" in the subject line of your email. Responses to questions will be posted at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ofpa/index.htm on or about Monday, July 25, 2016.

    Read the Press Release »

  • 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.

    More Information and Eligibility Requirements »

  • 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.

    Learn More About Clemency »

  • SCAM ALERT:

    Caller posing as "Division of Criminal Justice" worker offering to resolve legal matters is not affiliated with DCJS

    Several individuals from out of state recently have received calls from someone claiming to be from the “New York Division of Criminal Justice” and offering to resolve a pending legal matter. In at least one instance, the caller provided the individual’s Social Security number to lend credibility to his offer.

    These are fraudulent callers who are in no way affiliated with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

    Residents in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida have received such calls since early November. DCJS has notified New York State Police, which is investigating. If you receive such a call, it is critical that you do not provide any personal information. This scam is similar to one earlier this year that attempted to collect loans and/or recover payments; those calls targeted people in Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio.

    Additionally, please note that DCJS is a criminal justice support agency, not an enforcement or investigatory agency. If you receive a suspicious call, please notify the New York State Police at crimetip@troopers.ny.gov or your local law enforcement agency. Be sure to report the time of the call, the phone number if you have it and any information relayed to you during the conversation.