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eFocus, Issue Number 56, May 10, 2007
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, State Director
Thomas H. Slater, Executive Deputy Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue: 1. Statewide Employment Team Expands to New York City and Suffolk County
2 DPCA to convene Focus Groups on Community Supervision of Sex Offenders
3. DPCA Releases RFP for Supervision and Treatment of Special Offenders in NYC
4. DPCA Releases RFP for TANF for Community Corrections Programs
5. Probation Case Management System Enhancements
6. OJJDP National Report Reviews Data on Juvenile Offending
7. Sex Offender Management Resource
8. Probation’s Role in Re-entry
9. New Laws of Interest to Probation and Community Corrections
10. Awards and Events

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1. Offender Workforce Development Specialist Team Expands to New York City and Suffolk County -- On April 20, 2007, twelve new Offender Workforce Development Specialists from the New York City and Suffolk County Probation Departments were awarded their certificates for having completed the intensive 180-hour NIC Curriculum Training held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These departments now join the Schenectady, Albany, Monroe and Dutchess County Probation Departments as Employment Model Resource Centers and expand the statewide OWDS Team to 18 members. The team will implement the statewide “Pathways to Employment” Program and its three components, Employment Matters, Ready, Set Work and Retention Counts. On May 9, 2007, NIC officials joined DPCA Staff and traveled to New York City to congratulate the new team members and recognize the outstanding leadership efforts of the New York City and Suffolk County Probation Departments.

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2. DPCA Seeks Experienced Probation Officers for Focus Groups on Community Supervision of Sex Offenders – DPCA is seeking the participation of a limited number of probation officers to participate in one of three focus groups on the community supervision and management of sex offenders to be held in Albany, Rochester and White Plains in June/July of 2007 (dates TBD). DPCA’s goal is to learn of the specific practices identified in the Sex Offender Management Survey. Of particular interest are the areas of enhanced investigation, initial interviews, collaboration with treatment providers, fieldwork, and supervision strategies. This valuable field information, together with the information derived through the research bulletins, will assist in the development of a statewide model policy for sex offender management. Interested parties should email Jami Krueger, Community Correction Representative II at jami.krueger@dpca.state.ny.us or call 518-457-5275. Please include your name, title, and the length of time you have investigated and/or supervised sex offenders.

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3. DPCA Releases RFP for Supervision and Treatment of Special Offenders in New York City – DPCA released a new RFP for re-bid on May 1, 2007. Annual funds are up to $150,000 to provide additional targeted services in one or more of Kings, Queens, Richmond, and/or New York Counties for individuals with serious mental illness who are involved with the criminal court on a felony charge and are at risk of incarceration. Start-up is anticipated for July 1, 2007. The deadline for receipt of proposals is 4:00 pm on Tuesday May 22, 2007. Program applications received after this date must be returned unopened. Questions may be directed to Bernard Wilson at Bernard.Wilson@dpca.state.ny.us. To view the complete RFP, visit: http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/pdfs/sasto2007rfpnycrebidfinal050107.pdf

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4. DPCA Releases RFP for TANF Community Corrections – DPCA will fund up to six new programs ($150,000 each) to work with eligible custodial or non-custodial parents whose household incomes fall below 200 percent of the federally established poverty level. Targeted services include job preparation, employment, job retention and family reunification and parenting skills. The deadline for the receipt of proposals is 4pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2007. Program applications received after the due date must be returned unopened. Questions may be directed to Bernard Wilson at Bernard.Wilson@dpca.state.ny.us.

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5. Probation Automated Case Management System Enhancements & Training —Members of the small and strategic Forms and Reports Workgroup, DCJS Project Manager Warren Crow and the staff of Automon, Inc, are implementing new enhancements to Caseload Explorer: Violations Forms, including the Declaration of Delinquency, Notice to Appear, the Warrant for the Justice and Superior Courts, Uniform Court Report as well as the Periodic Supervision Report. The enhancements have been field-tested and are currently being loaded on county servers. The workgroup is now working on the Initial Supervision Plan and will next address the Violation Forms for the Family Court, followed by the Intrastate Transfer Forms. This important and continuing work will ensure that Caseload Explorer meets the needs of probation officers in New York State.

Training sessions for Caseload Explorer continue and are scheduled as follows: May 16th - Case Attributes and Functionality; June 20th – Tasks and Events; and July 18th – Word documents and mail merge. Please contact Walter Cogswell at Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us with questions.

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6. OJJDP National Report Reviews Data on Juvenile Offending – The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention “Juvenile Offenders and Victims 2006 National Report” provides a review of data from diverse sources that sheds light on the proportion and characteristics of youth involved in law-violating behaviors and trends in those behaviors. To see the review, visit: http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/ojstatbb/nr2006/downloads/chapter3.pdf. To access the complete report, visit: http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=234394.

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7. Sex Offender Management Resource - Supervision of the Sex Offender: Community Management, Risk Assessment & Treatment, 2nd edition (2005; Safer Society Press, $30+$5 shipping. www.safersociety.org). This book is an excellent resource for probation officers who conduct specialized pre-sentence investigations on or supervise sex offenders. The book was written by Georgia Cumming, Director of the Vermont Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Abuse, and Robert McGrath, Clinical Director of a sex offender treatment program operating within the Vermont Department of Corrections.

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8. Probation’s Role in Re-entry – A recent article entitled, “The Problem of Prisoner (Re)Entry” by Professor Shawn D. Bushway was published in Contemporary Sociology, a Journal of Reviews, Volume 35, Number 6, November 2006, pp. 562-565(4). The article is a review of three books on prisoner reentry and includes the following observations on the role of probation in the reentry process: “...I believe the discussion about prisoner reentry is misleading in its focus on the need to reintegrate prisoners into the community – They were not integrated before they entered prison…the millions of people who serve time in jail and who are sentenced to probation also need to be better integrated. There are existing government and non-governmental resources in most communities which are specifically aimed at integrating individuals into the larger community…the criminal justice system does need to link and connect to these other community institutions if the system wants to contribute to the task of integration.” The full text article is available at:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/asoca/cs/2006/00000035/00000006/art00008

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8. New Laws of Interest to Probation and Community Corrections – Governor Eliot Spitzer has signed into laws several legislative measures of interest to probation and community corrections. These Chapter Laws and a brief description of relevant provisions are as follows: Chapter 7 of the Laws of 2007 - referred to as the Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act, it establishes an integrated response to protect New Yorkers from sexual predators. Among key provisions are those which allow the ongoing supervision and custody of sex offenders upon the expiration of their state imprisonment sentence either by civilly confining the most dangerous recidivistic sex offenders, or by permitting strict and intensive parole supervision of sex offenders. The new law also establishes the Office of Sex Offender Management within the Division of Criminal Justice Services to develop a comprehensive policy and standards for the evaluation, treatment and management of sex offenders.

Chapter 56, Laws of 2007 - As part of Budget negotiations implementing the Public Protection Budget, the Classifications/Alternatives to Incarceration Law, Probation DWI Administrative Fee and Family Court Custody/Visitation Investigation Fee, Ignition Interlock Device Program, Interstate Compact For Adult Offender Supervision were all extended for two years, until September 1, 2009.

Chapter 24, Laws of 2007- Referred to as Jonathan’s Law and named after Jonathan Carey, a 13 year old autistic boy, this new law will provide parents and guardians greater access to records and reports of incidents and abuse allegations involving children in residential mental hygiene facilities.

For further information on these new laws, please contact Linda.Valenti@dpca.state.ny.us. .

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9. Awards and Events

~ State Director’s Award Nominations Sought – The “State Director’s 2007 Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer” is a formal recognition for a Probation 0fficer who has demonstrated exceptional work within their department, the community and at the state level. DPCA will present this honor to the recipient at the NYS Probation Officer’s Association (POA) Conference to be held August 1-3, in Albany at The Crowne Plaza. Nomination forms are available in the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY or by visiting our web site at www.dpca.state.ny.us. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Tuesday, May 29, 2007.

~ First Annual “State Director's Award for Outstanding Collaboration Between Probation and Social Services” – The First Annual State Director's Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Probation and Social Services will be presented at the NYS Probation Officer’s Association (POA) Conference. DPCA is establishing a formal recognition for a county team comprised of a probation officer and social service worker that demonstrate exceptional work to increase evidence-based services toward improving outcomes for youth and families. The award will be made to two recipients representing probation and social service departments, who have played significant roles in a cross systems partnership. Each recipient will receive a scholarship to attend the POA Conference. Please help us recognize the collaborative partnerships by individuals from probation and social services by submitting nomination(s) to DPCA. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Tuesday, May 29, 2007. Nomination forms are available on eJusticeNY or by visiting our web site at www.dpca.state.ny.us.

~ Congratulations to Julie A. Smith on her appointment to Probation Director for Genesee County! – Julie A. Smith was permanently appointed to the position of Probation Director on April 25, 2007 with the unanimous support of the Genesee County Legislature. Director Smith has worked at the Genesee County Probation Department for over fifteen years.

~ Congratulations to Anthony White on his appointment to Probation Director for Washington County! – Anthony White was appointed probation Director of Washington County on May 3, 2007. Director White began serving as a Probation Officer in 1988. He has served as a Probation Supervisor for the last two years.

~ Jeanette Riley selected for Outstanding Women in the Law Award – Jeanette Riley of the Orleans County Probation Department has been selected for the Outstanding Women in the Law Award by the Eighth Judicial District Gender and Racial Fairness Committee. Jeanette is a veteran of Probation who began service in 1978. She became Probation Supervisor in August of 1990 and has been recognized for her work with domestic violence cases. In 1999, Jeanette was the recipient of the DPCA Director’s Award as Probation Officer of the Year. In addition to her other duties, she is currently the Transfer Designee.

~ Associate Commissioner Lorene Gilmore named Manager of the Year for 2006 – Lorene Gilmore will be presented the fourth Raymond E. Diana Memorial Award for Manager of the Year for 2006 from New York City Managerial Employees Association. Ms. Gilmore joined the New York City Department of Probation in 1985 as a Probation Officer. She was promoted to Supervising Probation Officer, Branch Chief, and Assistant Commissioner of Adult Operations prior to her most recent assignment. MEA President, Stephen M. Ferrer, stated, “Lorene Gilmore exemplifies all the fine qualities we value. She is a leader in her agency and the community. Her staff, colleagues and supervisors all recognize her excellence in work ethic and caring.”

~ Innovative Mental Health Partnership in Dutchess County Recognized – The Mental Health Diversion Program was recently featured in the Poughkeepsie Journal. The program is a collaborative partnership between the Dutchess County Department of Probation and Community Corrections and the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene that seeks to identify and devise service plans for individuals with mental health needs who stand accused of minor offenses. The program launched in September 2006 and based on the court response, it has already experienced positive results.

~ Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Grant Funds Available – DCJS has announced the availability of one-time grants in the amount of $20,000 to strengthen coordinated efforts of Law Enforcement in the reporting and prevention of violence against women. DPCA recommends that probation departments consider applying for these funds to implement coordinated strategies with local law enforcement agencies to review Domestic Incident Reports (DIR’s). The swift and certain response to probationer behavior identified through the review of Domestic Incident Reports can reduce violence against women and prevent victimization. The application deadline is Thursday, May 17, 2007. Please see www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ofpa/newrfp.htm for additional information.

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