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Information regarding New York State settlement with Focused Technologies
On March 24, 2016, the New York State Inspector General (IG) and the New York State Attorney General completed an investigation into the unauthorized disclosure of information by Focused Technologies, a third party contractor, to a subcontractor. The State has reached a settlement agreement with Focused Technologies and its principals. The investigation found no wrongdoing by DCJS. Per the IG’s report, there is no evidence that the information was re-disclosed or otherwise utilized. If, however, you believe your information may have been compromised, you may wish to visit one of the following websites for assistance:
• The New York Department of State Division of Consumer Protection: www.dos.ny.gov/consumerprotection
• The New York State Attorney General: www.ag.ny.gov
• The Federal Trade Commission: www.identitytheft.gov
New Request for Proposals: $6 million available for Employment-Focused Services
New York State has made $6 million available for organizations that provide employment-related programming and services to individuals under parole and probation supervision and those referred by the court to an alternative to incarceration (ATI) or other community based program. To be eligible for funding, organizations must submit their request for proposal (RFP) by noon on Friday, July 1, 2016.
To assist grantees, DCJS will host a webinar on Friday, May 20, and will accept questions via e-mail (email@example.com) until Wednesday, May 25. Responses to those questions will be posted by Friday, June 3.
State funding available for public forensic crime laboratories
Approximately $6.6 million is available through the state Division of Criminal Justice Services to enhance the efficiency, effectiveness, reliability and accuracy of accredited public forensic laboratories across New York. To be considered for the 2016-2017 Aid to Crime Laboratories funding, eligible agencies must submit applications by noon on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
Please read the request for applications and eligibility requirements. Questions regarding this grant opportunity should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Responses will be posted here on Wednesday, May 4, 2016.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.