Queens Student Wins State’s Poster Contest
Fifth-grader’s poster to compete against those created by peers across the country in National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest
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Newest Crime Analysis Center Opens in Utica
Mohawk Valley Crime Analysis Center is one of eight in network established by DCJS in partnership with local law enforcement agencies.
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Rape Crisis Program funding
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is seeking proposals to support the work of rape crisis programs throughout the state in providing victims of sexual assault a range of assistive services within their communities aimed at the response to and prevention of rape and sexual assault. Approximately $2.78 million is available from appropriations included in the 2016-17 enacted budget to support rape crisis programs throughout the state.
Regulation Regarding the Partial Match Policy
Pursuant to Executive Law sections Executive Law sections 837(13) and 995-b(9), the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services has issued the following regulation concerning the Partial Match Policy. Changes were proposed in response to CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) software update at the National DNA Index System (NDIS). CODIS is the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) program of support for criminal justice DNA databases. CODIS has three levels: NDIS (FBI), the State DNA Index System or SDIS (state laboratories), and the Local DNA Index System or LDIS (local laboratories).
Changes were also proposed to align the language of the Partial Match Policy and regulations with current NDIS operating procedures; and to correct typographical errors, and/or to provide consistent language.
The text of the proposed rule and any required statements and analyses may be obtained from Natasha M. Harvin-Locklear, Esq., New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan Street, Albany, New York 12210, phone: (518) 457-8420, email: email@example.com. Public comment will be received until May 8, 2017.
Governor Cuomo announces $650,000 in federal funding to launch pilot youth justice initiative
New York State has been awarded $650,000 in federal funding to implement a pilot program in the Mohawk Valley to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth under community supervision. The “Second Chance Act” Grant will support a partnership between the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and Kids Oneida, a non-profit organization in Utica, to establish the Upstate Juvenile Community Supervision Project throughout six counties in the Mohawk Valley.
The Office of Youth Justice at DCJS applied for the implementation funding after partnering with Kids Oneida to design the model project; that planning process also was funded through an $180,000 Second Chance Act grant.
Mohawk Valley Crime Analysis Center now open
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the opening of a Crime Analysis Center to serve Oneida County and further expand the statewide network of intelligence and data sharing centers. The Mohawk Valley Crime Analysis Center was developed in partnership with law enforcement agencies in Oneida County and is the newest of eight centers across the state supported by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Located at the Utica Police Department, the Mohawk Valley Center was established by DCJS in partnership with the Utica Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Department, Oneida County District Attorney’s Office, Oneida County Probation and the New York State Police.
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.