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  • 2017-18 Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative RFA

    The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) seeks applications to fund the Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative. Approximately $13.3 million will be made available to support GIVE in the 17 counties outside of New York City that represent 83% of the Part I violent crime in New York State as reported through the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system. Applications are due to DCJS by noon on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

    View the GIVE RFA and additional information »

  • Defendant Screening Initiative RFP

    The 2017-2018 Defendant Screening Initiative Request for Proposal is now available. The deadline for applications is 12 p.m, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. Questions regarding this RFP must be emailed to ATI.Re-entry@dcjs.ny.gov no later than Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Responses to the questions will be posted here on or about Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. A bidder's conference will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Please read the following RFP for further information and instructions.

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  • Regulation Regarding Pre-Employment Corrections Training

    Pursuant to Executive Law sections 837-a(9) and 840(2-a), the state Division of Criminal Justice Services has issued the following regulation concerning a Pre-Employment Corrections Training program. The program is an alternative method of completing the Basic Course for Correction Officers. The program is conducted in two phases: Phase 1 is designed to be completed by a civilian; and phase 2 is completed after an individual successfully completes the initial or pre-employment phase and is appointed as a sworn corrections officer. In contrast, a conventional basic correctional course is completed in its entirety only by sworn corrections officers. However, the Pre-Employment Corrections Training program does not cover topics deemed appropriate only for sworn corrections officers, such as firearms training.

    The text of the proposed rule and any required statements and analyses may be obtained from Natasha M. Harvin-Locklear, Esq., NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan Street, Albany, New York 12210, phone: (518) 457-8420, email: dcjslegalrulemaking@dcjs.ny.gov. Public comment will be received until February 6, 2017.

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  • New York State Commission on Forensic Science sets special meeting to discuss familial DNA searching

    The New York State Commission on Forensic Science and its DNA Subcommittee have scheduled a special meeting on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, to discuss familial DNA searching and whether it should be permitted in New York State. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1 Centre St., Manhattan, in a meeting space on the north side mezzanine, between the first and second floors of the building.

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  • Governor Cuomo Announces $7.7 million in Federal Funding for Programs Serving Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has received $7.7 million in federal funding that will allow the state to fund 11 new programs and support 117 existing programs that help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Funding through the federal Violence Against Women Act was increased by nearly $662,000 to support programs offered by non-profit organizations, hospitals and law enforcement agencies across the state.

    A total of $661,268 in funding through the federal Violence Against Women Act will support 11 new programs across the state, assisting victims in Chenango, Columbia, Greene, Kings, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Orange, Queens and Schoharie counties. Additionally, the state’s 117 existing programs that received federal funding in 2015 will continue receiving support through this renewed funding. There are 105 non-profit organizations, hospitals, district attorneys’ offices and other agencies that offer these programs across the state.

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  • Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of Crime Analysis Center in Albany

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the completion of a $370,000 expansion of the Albany Crime Analysis Center in the Capital Region. The Center primarily serves police and prosecutors in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties and is part of a state-supported network of seven crime analysis centers. The expanded hours and services provide real-time support to local law enforcement agencies to help solve, reduce and prevent crime.

    The Albany Crime Analysis Center, which originally opened in 2009 to serve Albany County agencies, now operates six days a week and provides real-time analysis and support to police and prosecutors in the four Capital Region counties. It has also assisted agencies neighboring counties south to Dutchess, west to Fulton, and north to Warren and Washington.

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  • National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

    The Missing Persons Clearinghouse at DCJS is coordinating New York’s participation in the National Missing Children’s Day poster contest, sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Justice.

    The contest is open to fifth graders and the deadline for entries is Feb. 1, 2017. The winner of New York’s contest will compete against those from other states in the national competition, judging for which will occur in March 2017. The Clearinghouse also will award second- and third-place honors.

    The winning poster will be used to promote National Missing Children’s Day 2018. Click here for information about the contest, including rules, key dates and an activity guide. Questions about the contest? Send an e-mail to missingpersons@dcjs.ny.gov or call 1-800-346-3543.

    Poster Contest Fact Sheet »

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  • 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.

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