Welcome to eFocus, an electronic newsletter produced by the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.  As part of DPCA's goal to promote public safety through probation services and other community corrections programs, it publishes this newsletter.  We welcome your suggestions.  

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eFocus, Issue Number 12, July 08, 2003
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Sara Tullar Fasoldt, State Director
Robert Maccarone, Executive Deputy Director
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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Editor's Note:  The eFocus is now distributed to well over 3000 community corrections professionals across New York State. You may receive more than one copy if your name and email address appears on different criminal justice and community corrections email lists.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  With time, duplicate names and address will be corrected.  Thank you for your patience. 

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1.New York PO, Raymond Paladino from Cattaraugus County to receive national recognition

DPCA is pleased to note that Raymond Paladino, Senior Probation Officer with the Cattaraugus County Probation Department is the recipient of the American Probation and Parole Association's (APPA) 2003 Scotia Knouff Line Officer of the Year Award.  Officer Paladino will receive this award at APPA's Annual Institute that will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 24-27, 2003.  This award is presented to the probation, parole or community corrections officer who has performed in an  outstanding manner and/or made significant contributions to the profession at the local, regional or national level.  Officer Paladino was nominated by Cattaraugus Probation Director Gerry Zimmerman for his many years of loyal, dedicated and committed service to the field of community corrections. Officer Paladino was recently honored for his extraordinary work with the DPCA supported TANF employment project in his department.

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2.  DPCA to hold ATI Program Meetings

DPCA has scheduled two statewide program meetings to discuss program objectives, performance indicators and quarterly reporting.  Pretrial services programs and community service sentencing programs will meet on Tuesday, August 5th.  Defender-based advocacy, TASC and specialized ATI programs will meet on Monday, August 11th.  Both meetings will be held at DPCA, 80 Wolf Road, in the 4th Floor Training Room from 10:30a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Please contact Barbara Flanigan at (518) 485-7692 or flanigan@dpca.state.ny.us to confirm your attendance.

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3.  "Re-Thinking Community Corrections" 

Governor Pataki's Criminal Justice Director, Chauncey Parker, has asked State Probation Director Sara Tullar Fasoldt to convene a Probation Task Force to re-examine the State's community corrections system. The idea for the task force resulted from a May 2003 meeting with State Director Parker, Director Fasoldt and representatives from DPCA, COPA and NYSPOA.  Director Fasoldt has asked members of the State's Probation Commission to host a series of professional forums to explore these important issues. The first of several statewide forums was held on June 30th in Warren County at the Council of Probation Administrators (COPA) 2003 Summer Conference.  Probation directors were asked to suggest topics for the discussion which included the use of graduated sanctions by probation officers, expanding supervisory authority, performance measures and crime reduction, PINS, Family Court Intake and Investigation Services, as well as the challenges faced by probation with fewer financial resources.   

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4.  Probation Sex Offender Level Address Confirmation Reporting. 

During the period April to June of 2003, probation departments reported on their activities in confirming the addresses of  Level 3 Sex Offenders on probation supervision.  Probation officers checked offender addresses comparing them to the State's Sex Offender Registry, had offenders complete change of address forms, and filed violations and requested warrants on absconders, tasks they regularly perform but are reporting to DPCA to track statewide. The Address Confirmation Reporting Initiative for Level 3 offenders will again occur for the period July to September before it is expanded to include Level 1 & 2 offenders. Heeding suggestions from probation officers, the SOR database was modified to allow searches by supervising agency.  This will enable each probation department to identify its cases on the SOR.  DPCA thanks all participants in this initiative for their outstanding efforts.

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5.DPCA commissions Legal Action Center to study the expansion of probation officer authority

Probation Officers' authority to impose graduated sanctions without having to return to court may well strengthen probation's effectiveness in community corrections.  Several states are considering this model and a few have implemented it.  At the request of DPCA, the Legal Action Center (LAC) conducted a preliminary review of the experience in other states.   Oregon and South Carolina have implemented this community corrections model.  Anita Marton, a staff attorney at LAC, presented the initial findings of the review at the COPA Summer Conference on June 30th. Copies of the report are available through Yvonne Behan at DPCA. 

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6.  Probation Officers participate in safety training

The first Probation Officer Safety and Survival Training class took place in Albany, June 30 - July 2, 2003.  Twenty Probation Officers attended this three-day session, which addressed safety issues in both office and  field settings.  The program was developed through the efforts of DPCA, Parole, COPA, and the NYSPOA, with curriculum underwriting support from NIC. Days one and two of the training are for all probation officers; the third day is optional and emphasizes safety issues in making arrests, transporting probationers as prisoners, using aerosol repellant, and firearm safety and storage. For more information, contact Steve Powers at DPCA (518) 485-2402 or powers@dpca.state.ny.us, or Karen Birch (POA) of Putnam County (845) 225-0304, or Kathi Pallotta (COPA), Director of Montgomery County  (518) 853-8380.

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7. Herkimer Co. to use electronic monitoring - Probation Dept. to net savings for county

Like a number of other counties, Herkimer County recently announced its probation department would start using electronic monitoring as part of its 2003 Alternatives to Incarceration Plan.  It expects to save the county more than $100,000 by reducing its overall inmate population.   

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8.  A conversation with children of parents in prison: Class of 2003

The Osborne Association invites you to join them on Monday, July 14, at 7:00 p.m. for A CONVERSATION WITH CHILDREN OF PARENTS IN PRISON: CLASS of 2003.  The conversation will begin with Chesa Boudin and Emani Davis.  Chesa, Yale University Class of 2003 and Rhodes scholar-elect, is the son of parents incarcerated for nearly all of his life. Emani, Manhattanville College Class of 2003 and a member of the Advisory Board of the Federal Resource Center on Children of Prisoners, is the daughter of a father in prison for 19 years.   This event, which is sponsored by Citibank, will be held at the Times Square Hotel, 255 West 43rd St. at 8th Avenue, 15th Floor, from 7-9 p.m. The event is free but space is limited and reservations are required. RSVP to Irene at 718-707 2653 or by email to Irene@osborneny.org . Please leave your name, a daytime phone number and your email address.

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9.Website offers quick access to Census 2000 data

For those of you interested in obtaining information on populations/socioeconomic data for state, county, city, towns or school districts, the following website developed by the Norfolk University looks very helpful: http://www.fairdata2000.com/SF3/contrast_charts/index.html

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10. Welcomes, Rewards and Remembrances

DPCA welcomes Jacqueline Borne, Secretary I, to its staff.  Jacqueline comes to DPCA from the NYS Archives.  She will be working with Pamela Derrick, Cindy Trimble and Nancy Armfield in the ATI Unit.  Welcome to the DPCA family, Jackie!  And in Suffolk County, there is a strong tradition of family.  Thomas Porter has been with the Suffolk County Probation Dept. since 1971 and has been a Principal Probation

Officer for the past 16 years. Officer Thomas Porter's father, Joseph Porter, retired in 1966 from the department as the first Probation Officer in the state to retire on a pension.  And Joseph's grandson, Tom's son Matthew, joined the department in 1996 where he met his future wife, Jill, also a Probation Officer.  Both are involved in the identification and supervision of gang members.  Thank you for sharing this information.

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eFocus is the property of the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.  Articles may be reprinted with attribution to the Division.  For more information on any of the topics mentioned above, to report any difficulties you may have experienced receiving this email, or, if you have information you would like posted in the next issue of DPCA's eFocus, please contact Yvonne Behan at (518) 457-5275 or at ybehan@dpca.state.ny.us.

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Yvonne J. Behan
Community Corrections Representative
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
80 Wolf Road
Albany, New York  12205
(518) 457-5275

ybehan@dpca.state.ny.us