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For immediate release:
Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008

Schenectady Public Access TV to air “Criminal Justice Forum”
New educational program discusses key issues in the criminal justice system

Beginning this week, Schenectady Public Access Channel 16 will air “Criminal Justice Forum,” a new educational program that discusses key issues in the criminal justice system.

Produced by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in partnership with Channel 16, Criminal Justice Forum will air 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, beginning Aug. 27, and 8 a.m. every Saturday, beginning Aug. 30.

Criminal Justice Forum, hosted by retired WRGB news anchor Jack Aernecke, runs 30 minutes and features in-depth interviews with experts in the fields of child safety; sex offender management; domestic violence awareness and prevention; and human trafficking prevention training and education. Criminal Justice Forum also will be broadcast on other public access stations across the state.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is a multi-function criminal justice support agency with a variety of responsibilities, including collection and analysis of statewide crime data; operation of the DNA databank and criminal fingerprint files; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; public education and outreach; and administration of the state’s Sex Offender Registry and a toll-free telephone number (1-800-262-3257) that allows anyone to research the status of an offender.

Schenectady Access Cable Council, Inc. (SACC-TV) was founded in 1974 as a not for profit corporation, chartered in the State of New York and franchised by the City of Schenectady. Its viewing area includes the City of Schenectady and the Towns of Glenville, Niskayuna and Rotterdam and also the Village of Scotia. The station reaches approximately 43,000 subscribers, including about 18,000 in the City of Schenectady.