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  • County Re-entry Task Force Request for Applications

    The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services(DCJS) is seeking applications from county government agencies or not-for-profit organizations to provide re-entry services to individuals released into the community from the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). Funding is available to support existing DCJS-funded County Re-entry Task Forces in the following counties: Albany, Bronx, Broome, Dutchess, Erie, Kings, Monroe, Nassau, New York, Niagara, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Rensselaer, Rockland, Schenectady, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester. In addition, DCJS seeks applications to fund a new county re-entry task force in any jurisdiction that has more than 300 individuals released from DOCCS into their community in 2015. This RFA seeks to increase the number of moderate to high risk individuals served and to expand the delivery of cognitive behavioral interventions and/or employment readiness programming.

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  • New York State Troopers honored with Governor’s Police Officer of the Year award

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently honored New York State Troopers Donald L. Atkinson and Lawrence F. Gurdo II as recipients of the Police Officer of the Year Award. The troopers were recognized for helping rescue a 14-year-old girl from the waters of the Whitney Point Reservoir in Broome County last summer. Both men braved cold water and an extremely strong undercurrent to pull the teen to safety from reservoir dam, near the mouth of a quarter-mile-long intake tunnel.

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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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