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  • Submissions sought for Police Officers' Memorial

    Tragically, police officers in New York lose their lives in the line of duty every year. New York State recognizes these fallen heroes by including their names on its Police Officers' Memorial at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Engraved on the memorial today are the names of 1,387 officers from 141 agencies across the state who died from injuries sustained in the line of duty or from Ground Zero-related illnesses. And with heavy hearts, we will add more names to the memorial honoring officers who perished in 2015.

    Submissions for the memorial are now being accepted by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which coordinates the state’s annual remembrance ceremony at the memorial. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to submit the name of any fallen officer meeting the criteria for inclusion on the memorial. Deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 19.

    All applications will be reviewed by the state's Police Officers Memorial Advisory Committee, with officers meeting the criteria honored at this year's ceremony, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 10.

    For more information or technical assistance, please contact David J. Mahany of the Office of Public Safety at davej.mahany@dcjs.ny.gov or  (518) 485-7644.

    Eligibility Guidelines » Application »

  • 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 »

  • New York's work to fund effective, cost-efficient alternative to incarceration programs garners national attention from Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative

    DCJS Commissioner highlights work during Legislative Budget Hearing

    New York State has been recognized as a leader in promoting smart, cost-effective and evidence-based policy making. The state’s work to identify and fund criminal justice programs that are both effective in reducing recidivism and cost-efficient in using taxpayer dollars is the subject of a case study recently published by the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative.

    New York is one of 20 states participating in the Results First Initiative, a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Pew-MacArthur study was cited by DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green during his testimony before the state Legislature’s 2016 Joint Budget Hearing Thursday.

    The Results First initiative works with states and municipalities to develop the tools policy makers need to identify and fund effective programs that yield high returns on investment. As part of Results First, Pew-MacArthur identifies promising work done by participating states and shares those best practices through case studies and issues briefs so others can benefit from the experience. DCJS coordinates New York's participation in the initiative.

    As Commissioner Michael C. Green advised legislators: "Through the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, DCJS has strengthened the state's community-based alternative to incarceration (ATI) network, funding programs that are effective in reducing recidivism and cost-efficient. We are training ATI providers, in addition to implementing a fidelity and evaluation system to ensure the programs we fund are delivered as designed."

    Read his full testimony, which highlights Governor Cuomo's proposed criminal justice reforms, among other initiatives.

    Read the Press Release » Read the Case Study » Learn More about Results First »


    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.

  • New York's #CombatHeroin Campaign details help, resources available

    New York State’s  #CombatHeroin website – http://combatheroin.ny.gov – provides help and resources for parents, adults and young people who are seeking help and information about this growing  epidemic.

    The site includes information about warning signs of heroin and opioid abuse and misuse, access to state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services treatment providers, and guidance to help parents talk to their children and health care professionals talk with their patients. It also includes links to four public service announcements and video messages from New Yorkers talking about the impact of heroin and other opioids on their lives.

    Read Governor Cuomo's Press Release »