Division of Criminal Justice Services

Welcome to eFocus, an electronic newsletter produced by the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA).  OPCA publishes this newsletter to further its goal of promoting public safety through probation services and other community corrections programs. We welcome your suggestions. 
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eFocus, Issue Number 100, October 26, 2011
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services 
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, Deputy Commissioner and Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor

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In this Issue:
1.         Caseload Explorer Workgroup Reconvenes to Address New Supervision Rule
2.         OPCA Provides “Stable-2007 and Acute-2007” Training
3.         GTSC Awards $3 Million in Local Assistance for “Leandra’s Law” Compliance
4.         NYS Slated to Attend Interstate Commission for Juveniles Annual Meeting
5.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
6.         Quick Facts

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1.         Caseload Explorer Workgroup Reconvenes to Address New Supervision Rule – OPCA has revitalized the Caseload Explorer Workgroup to examine changes in the software that will be required when the new Supervision Rule is formally adopted next spring.  Other software changes requested by local probation departments will also be considered; however, priority will be given to changes essential to support the new Supervision Rule.  The workgroup is comprised of representative from local probation departments and OPCA staff.  Please forward any comments or suggestions regarding software changes to Thomas.Slater@dcjs.ny.gov.

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2.         OPCA Provides “Stable-2007 and Acute-2007” Training – OPCA recently offered three regional training sessions with internationally renowned expert Dr. Robin Wilson. The training was jointly sponsored with the NYS Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NYSATSA) and was aimed at enhancing the monitoring and supervision of sex offenders in the community.  This one-day training provided hands-on practical scoring experience with the specialized dynamic risk assessment instruments. The tools are designed to assess and track changes in risk status over time by assessing changeable “dynamic” risk factors. The sessions were well received by the more than 200 participants including probation professionals and treatment providers. Representatives of 26 probation departments participated in the training. For additional information, please contact Laura Zeliger, Community Corrections Representative II, at (518) 457-5275 or Laura.Zeliger@dcjs.ny.gov.

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3.         GTSC Awards $3 Million in Local Assistance for “Leandra’s Law” Compliance – The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced its award of $3 million in local assistance to counties and New York City to continue the active monitoring and supervision of persons convicted under “Leandra’s Law” and required to install Ignition Interlock Devices.   We hope this information is helpful to local communities, especially since many are currently engaged in the budget development and approval process for 2012. For additional information, please contact Gary.Govel@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-4336.

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4.         New York State Attends Interstate Commission for Juveniles Annual Meeting – The 2011 Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of the Interstate Commission for Juveniles (ICJ) in Norfolk, Virginia was held October 24 through October 26. OPCA is pleased to note that Community Correction Representative and Interstate Unit Supervisor Shaina Kern attended this year’s Juvenile ABM.  This was be the Commission’s 4th Annual Business Meeting and topics include: Proposed By-Law and Form Amendments, Proposed Rule Amendments, etc.  New York State joined the new Juvenile Compact on May 24, 2011 (Chapter 29 of the Laws of 2011) and is in the process of organizing the administration of the new Compact. Probation representation at the Juvenile ABM is imperative as DCJS/OPCA processes hundreds of juvenile probation transfer cases each year.  For additional information, please contact Shaina Kern at Shaina.Kern@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5166.

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5.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~          OPCA Interstate Unit conducts series of live meetings to prepare New York State – OPCA is conducting a series of monthly Live Meeting webinars to address the “critical measures” that will impact New York State's February 2010 audit by the national office of the Interstate Commission on Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS).  It is important that local Interstate Designees participate each month to address these measures and learn of the latest developments in interstate practice.  Please join the first Monthly Meeting that will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday Nov. 10, 2011.  Please contact Matthew.Charton@dcjs.ny.gov to learn more.

~          Please join OPCA for the upcoming National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Broadcast on Offender Employment Retention entitled “Worth the Work”, scheduled for Noon to 3 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 2, 2011.  OPCA State Director Robert Maccarone will give opening comments and Community Correction Representative Cynthia Blair is a panelist for this national broadcast training. Online registration is available by visiting: www.nicic.gov/Training/SIB11022011. All agencies that register will be accepted; there is no charge for registration. Please contact Cynthia Blair at Cynthia.Blair@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5145 for further information.

~          The Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) training will be held in New York City at the Fortune Society’s “Castle Gardens” on Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.   Fortune’s “Castle Gardens” is located in West Harlem at 625 West 140th Street, and provides 114 apartments for homeless, formerly incarcerated individuals and community members.   Training is free, and it is designed for professional staff working in Community Corrections programs, including Pre-Trial Services, Community Service, TASC, Defender-Based Advocacy and Specialized and Drug and Alcohol programs. It is also appropriate for probation officers working in these programs who have not attended Fundamentals of Probation Practices (FPP) within the last five years as it incorporates many of the core modules taught in FPP. Topics include Assessment, Interviewing, Justice System and the Law, and Strategies for Highly Effective Programs. Registration is currently full but a waiting list is being maintained for future offerings of the FCC. Please contact Yvonne J. Behan at (518) 485-5153 or Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us for additional information. 
~          OPCA is holding a one-day forum – Shared Services Quality Assurance meeting – with funded programs that target individuals under supervision who are seriously mentally ill or with co-occurring substance abuse disorders at 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 3in Albany. In addition to presentations by county probation and New York City contracts that will include risk management and strategies for collaboration, Dr. Merrill Rotter will discuss the use of cognitive behavioral programs to address criminogenic needs.  If you would like to join the meeting, please contact Bernard Wilson at (518) 485-5137 or Bernard.Wilson@dcjs.ny.gov.

~          The New York State Office of Court Administration recently hosted a live training titled “Probation Transfers and Ignition Interlock Devices: An Update.” The program addressed issues surrounding Probation Transfers under CPL §410.80, including procedures, forms, the Court of Appeals decision People v. Mitchell, 15 NY3d 93 (2010), as well as a "Best Practices" approach to these matters. The second portion of the program addressed implementation of “Leandra’s Law” and the issues surrounding the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) requirement and the experiences of the Courts, including financial disclosure matters and waivers, the 20-day stay of revocation/suspension provision vs. the 10-day requirement to have the IID installed, violations of the IID conditions and how to effectuate the removal of the IID requirement both on the New York State Driver's License and Record. The program was moderated by Hon. Nancy M. Sunukjian, Esq., Supervising Counsel of the City, Town and Village Courts Resource Center and Waterford Town Justice. Panel members for this program included Robert M. Maccarone, Esq.; Paul McDonnell, Esq., Deputy Counsel New York State Unified Court System Office of Court Administration; Hon. Diane Schilling, Director,  City, Town and Village Courts Resource Center and East Greenbush Town Justice; Ida Traschen, Esq., First Assistant Counsel Department of Motor Vehicles; Laura Bauer, Rensselaer County Probation Director; and Gene J. Funicelli, Putnam County Probation Director and President of the New York State Council of Probation Administrators.

~          Recent amendments to the Sex Offender Registration Act (New York State Correction Law Section 168) were signed into law on September 23, 2011 as part of Chapter 352 of the Laws of 2011.  The law now requires designated Level 2 sex offenders to provide the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) with any employment address and expected place of employment. For additional information, please visit http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/A7950-2011 or send an e-mail to infodcjs@dcjs.ny.gov.

~          The OPCA Interstate Compact Unit recently developed a new one-page Interstate Transfer Request Quick Reference Guide for probation officers. This guide details basic transfer eligibility requirements and a listing of documentation that is necessary for local transfer designees to initiate a transfer of supervision from New York State to other jurisdictions.  This new guide is available on the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY.

~          Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Office of Public Safety (OPS) offers an alternative method of recertifying Breath Analysis Instrument Operators (operators) with the potential to save municipalities 75 to 100 percent of the cost associated with recertification of operators through the use of an online recertification course. If you have any questions regarding the online Breath Analysis Operator Recertification program or would like a demonstration of the program, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Public Safety - Highway Safety Unit at (518) 457-2666.

~          The NYS Office of Children and Families (OCFS) is planning a series of five regional forums on the Supervision and Treatment Services for Juveniles Program (STSJP) legislation and on statewide detention reform for the upstate region over the next three months.  The forums are intended to provide a delegation of three to four key juvenile detention stakeholders from each county with an overview of the mandates and opportunities embedded in the STSJP legislation, as well as with an introduction to the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), the practice model identified to guide the deepening of detention reform work across the state.  The forums are scheduled for Nov. 14 at the Syracuse Crowne Plaza; Nov. 16 in Buffalo (location TBD); Nov. 17 at the Ontario Training Center in Canandaigua; Dec. 1 in Spring Valley (location TBD); and Dec.12 in Albany (location TBD). For registration or additional information, please contact Tim Roche at (518) 473-1358.

~          The American Probation and Parole Association is seeking to acknowledge individuals in the field of Probation, Parole and Community Corrections through a variety of awards. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards to be presented at the Winter Training Institute in San Diego, Calif. from February 26 through 29, 2012: APPA Award for Excellence in Community Crime Prevention, Joe Kegans Award for Victim Services in Probation and Parole, APPA Community Awareness Through Media Award, and the Sam Houston State University Award. Nomination deadline is Nov. 28, 2011. Each Award Recipient receives a complimentary Institute Registration. For additional information, please visit: http://www.appa-net.org/eweb/docs/APPA/APPA_Awards_Nomination.pdf

~          The New York State Police and the DCJS Office of Public Safety are hosting a “Cyber Crime Investigations” specialized training course for Police, Probation and Parole Officers in Monroe County on Nov. 14 through 18.  This training is being provided by funding from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The training is intended to provide an overview of cyber crime investigations for those officers designated by their agency to conduct investigations involving computers and the internet.  It will provide basic instruction on conducting cyber crime investigations and properly collecting online information, as well as hands-on-instruction on the field triage and examination of computer evidence. In order to minimize travel costs for attending agency personnel, this five-day training course is being offered regionally.  For additional information, please contact Joshua Vinehout by email at Joshua.Vinehout@dcjs.ny.gov or by telephone at (518) 457-1595.

~          October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence is spearheading the "Shine the Light on Domestic Violence" campaign, which is turning New York State purple to bring attention to the issue. Purple is the color chosen to help spread awareness of domestic violence.  This edition of eFocus is being published in purple to support this important domestic violence awareness effort.  Several ideas, tools and other resources are available for individuals and organizations wishing to participate in this statewide campaign. For additional information, please visit: http://www.opdv.ny.gov/public_awareness/campaigns/shinethelight/shinethelight11.html

~          Save the Date – OPCA will be hosting a Live Meeting titled Probation Response to Domestic Incident Reports from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 21. This interactive training will provide participants with an overview of probation-led Domestic Incident Report (DIR) initiatives, a detailed review of the various DIR forms, and an opportunity to examine various response protocols. Additional details will be included in the official training announcement.

~          NYS DCJS OPCA has released the Third Quarterly Review Report dated September 30, 2011, reflecting the progress in the implementation Caseload Explorer, the automated case management system for probation departments across New York State. OPCA remains committed to providing technological tools for probation officers so they can effectively continue their important work in protecting community safety. 

~          New York will establish an address confidentiality program to allow domestic violence victims to shield their home addresses from potential abusers. Bill A628/S5293, signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will require the Secretary of State to accept service of process and mail on behalf of victims of domestic violence who want to keep their locations secret. The agency will be required to forward the service of process or mail to the intended recipients. Participants will be certified for the program for four years. The sponsors of the bill, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, D-Brooklyn, and Senator Greg Ball, R-Patterson, said the most dangerous time for domestic violence victims is immediately after they separate from their abusers. Batterers often search public records for new addresses to continue harassing victims at their new homes, the legislators said. New York will become the 33rd state with an address confidentiality program when the new law takes effect in late June 2012.

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6.         Quick Facts: New York Probation Departments have created more than 154,000 COMPAS Assessments on adult probationers.

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