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2017-11-01 / Local News

State funding to benefit criminal justice system

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday said more than $7.6 million in funding will support programs designed to help individuals involved in the criminal justice system build skills, obtain substance abuse and mental health treatment, and connect with services to help them break the cycle of recidivism.

Officials from the governor’s office said a total of 31 local agencies and not-for-profit organizations in eight regions across the state have been awarded funding. The grants continue Cuomo’s ongoing commitment to ensuring New York remains among the safest states in the nation, while continuing to reduce its reliance on incarceration.

“These programs help individuals effectively supervised in the re-enter society and community with services, as break the vicious cycle of well as stabilize individuals recidivism in New York,” who have violated probation Cuomo said. “By helping New and are at risk of incarceration. Yorkers turn their lives around, these programs help Programs eligible to apply strengthen communities, and for funding included pre-trial protect public safety across release programs; defender the Empire State.” based advocacy programs;

His office’s representatives alternative to incarceration said grant awards will support programs that use the Treatment 31 programs that will Accountability for target approximately 4,300 Safer Communities model; individuals for services. programs that assist specialized These programs will assist populations, including individuals who have been women; and probation violation arrested and potentially subject residential centers. to pre-trial detention, including Administered by the Division those with behavioral of Criminal Justice Services, health needs who are at the grants will fund the moderate- to high-risk of reoffending. 31 programs for one year

Programs will also with four optional one-year support those who can be renewals.

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