DCJS named 2018 Top Workplace
The Division of Criminal Justice Services has been named an Albany Times Union Top Workplace for the second year in a row.
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Teen Dating Abuse Awareness and Prevention
New York State has once again joined the nation in recognizing February as Teen Dating Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month. The goal of this year’s campaign is to remind adults that they can make a difference in teens’ lives, and that the warning signs of teen dating abuse are #NotJustPhysical.
Did you know that one in three adolescents experiences some form of dating abuse before the age of 18? Check out this guide for adults to discover the warning signs, learn how to start a dialogue and make a game plan. Trauma research shows that when children and teens have even one positive relationship with an adult, it can increase resiliency and promote a healthy future. This online toolkit provides great ways to spread awareness through social media and in your community.
Probation Employment Liaison Directory Now Available
The DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives has partnered with probation departments across the state to develop a list of probation professionals within each department who can assist employers interested in hiring individuals under community supervision.
Sustained employment can help individuals under community supervision become self-sufficient; support their families, if they have spouses and/or children; and structure their time in positive ways. Businesses and organizations interested in providing these opportunities or learning more should contact the probation employment liaison in their county.
Click here to access the directory.
Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank
The Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank allows police, prosecutors and probation professionals to share promising and innovative programs and practices designed to reduce crime and recidivism.
The site also features links to national criminal justice resources and information about the Criminal Justice Research Consortium, which connects these professionals with academics across the state to research and develop evidence-based approaches to address specific public safety issues in their communities.
Key provision of New York State’s Raise the Age now in effect
A key provision of New York State’s Raise the Age law is now effective. The law removes 16-year-olds who have committed a criminal act as of midnight on Monday, Oct. 1 from the adult criminal justice system and places them in age-appropriate settings where they can receive needed services and treatment to avoid recidivism. Those 16-year-olds who are arrested for non-violent offenses will have the same opportunities for diversion and community-based services as youth 15 and under.
Meanwhile, 16-year-olds charged with serious offenses will be processed as adolescent offenders in a Youth Part of criminal court and placed in specialized secure detention facilities for adolescents instead of adult jails. The law will extend to 17-year-olds on October 1, 2019.
The law also allows individuals who have remained crime-free for 10 years to request that certain New York State convictions be sealed.
Statistics » This chart details the number of individuals who have had cases sealed since the provision’s Oct. 7, 2017, effective date. The data are detailed by month and county in which the court granted the seal.
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.