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eFocus, Issue Number 59, September 7, 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 Probation Workgroup Advances Caseload Explorer Application
2. Probation Detainer Warrant Pilot Signed into Law
3. Probation Employment Initiative Highlighted at Public Hearing on Re-entry
4. New York City Grants $6 Million for Probationer Employment Program
5. Seven Counties Awarded J-RISC Program Funding
6. “Working Together, Changing Lives and Protecting the Public”
7. Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) Update
8. DPCA Releases Second Bulletin on Sex Offender Management
9. DPCA Announces Statewide Training in the Use of Specialized Risk Assessment for Sex Offender Management
10. DPCA Awarded Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) Grant to Develop Model Policy
11. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Launches Enhanced Version of Socioeconomic Mapping and Resource Topography (SMART) System
12. Awards, Events and News

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1. Statewide Probation Workgroup Advances Caseload Explorer Application – Three programmers from Automon, Inc. joined the Statewide Probation Workgroup, comprised of probation professionals from 12 departments and DPCA staff this summer, to work intensively over a two-week period in refining the Caseload Explorer application. The goal of the workgroup was to ensure that the probation case management system, including the financial/restitution component, met the functional needs of all probation officers in New York State. Members of the workgroup identified application changes to Caseload Explorer that were immediately implemented. In addition, the Workgroup identified software changes that will ensure the production of probation forms, reports and letters that are essential to effective case management. Once again, the probation community pulled together and demonstrated their expertise and commitment to writing the future of probation in New York State.

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2. Probation Detainer Warrant Pilot Signed into Law! – On July 18, 2007, Governor Eliot Spitzer signed into law DPCA’s departmental legislation, establishing a three-year pilot project that will empower probation departments in four selected counties to issue their own detainer warrants. This important new law allows persons under probation supervision who are convicted of a sex offense, sexually violent offense or family offense to be taken into custody and detained in a county jail facility for up to 48 hours when the court is unavailable. This new law will enable probation officers managing high-risk offenders to respond swiftly and certainly to probationer violating behavior. It will enhance victim safety and ensure offender accountability. DPCA is working with Westchester, Nassau, Onondaga and Albany Counties to implement this pilot program.

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3. Probation Employment Initiative Highlighted at Public Hearing on Re-entry – DPCA Community Correction Representative Cynthia Blair testified on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at a public hearing conducted by the NYS Assembly Committees on Social Services, Corrections and Housing. Invited guests were asked to provide testimony on the barriers faced by formerly incarcerated individuals in the areas of employment and housing. Cynthia Blair outlined DPCA’s collaboration with the NYS Department of Labor, local probation departments and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) in implementing the probation employment strategy. DPCA believes that probationer employment is an essential component of empowering offenders to change their behavior and lead law-abiding lives. Probationer employment is measured and it is included in all DPCA contracts with community correction providers. In her testimony, Cynthia Blair encouraged those working in the area of re-entry, to consider the NIC Offender Workforce Development model and the Ready, Set, Work Program developed by DPCA, DOL and county probation departments. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Blair at (518) 485-5162 or Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us. To view the full testimony, please visit the DPCA website:

http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/pdfs/empltestimonyleghearing19jul07.pdf

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4. New York City Grants $6 Million for Probationer Employment Program – The New York City Department of Probation is working together with the City’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) on a grant to assist hard-to-place probationers with employment. Approximately $6.0 million in tax levy monies will be available, for a two-year period, to provide employment, including job retention, to a minimum of 500 to 600 probationers per year. Qualified service providers will be awarded contracts to provide all direct services. This exciting new opportunity was made available because of the Probation Department’s strides in implementing NIC’s Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) training. The City Department of Probation became the State’s fifth employment resource center, along with Suffolk County, when representatives from those departments attended the 180-hour certified employment training program earlier this year.

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5. Seven Counties Awarded J-RISC Program Funding —Seven counties have been awarded state probation funding to implement the new Juvenile-Risk Intervention Services Coordination Program—an evidence-based strategy to reduce the risk of recidivism among juveniles. Dutchess, Monroe, Onondaga, Orange, Oswego, Schenectady and Niagara Counties have each been awarded competitive grants of up to $200,000 annually with an additional $50,000 during the first year for initial training and staff development. J-RISC provides counties the resources to directly fund evidence-based programs to reduce the risk of recidivism among youths. DPCA will be working with each of the counties to finalize performance measures to evaluate the J-RISC model for statewide application.

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6. Working Together, Changing Lives and Protecting the Public – The first of two annual ATI Focus Groups was held on August 14, 2007 at DPCA. Nearly forty representatives from the State’s ATI Programs attended this annual training. Topics discussed were the New DWI Laws and their affect on the ATI Community, Sex Offenders: Populations, Recidivism and Typologies, Current Trends in Case Management: Working Smarter and Offender Rights and Responsibilities: Supporting Successful Reintegration into Communities. The next Focus Group for ATI Programs will be held on September 18th, 2007 at DPCA from 10am to 3pm. Seats are still available. For information contact Yvonne Behan at Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us. or (518) 485-5160.

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7. Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) Update – DPCA Counsel Linda Valenti and Administrator Sandy Layton recently provided training on ICAOS at the NYS Probation Officers Association Annual Conference on August 1st. This PowerPoint presentation is now available on the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY under Reference Materials, Training (Training Information and Surveys) and is currently listed as “Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) Training - 8/07”. Please contact Sandy Layton at Sandy.Layton@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-2402 for additional information.

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8. DPCA Releases Second Bulletin on Sex Offender Management – DPCA is pleased to announce the release of our second in a series of research bulletins on sex offender management issues: Clinical and Structured Assessment of Sex Offenders http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/pdfs/somgmtbulletinaugust2007.pdf. This bulletin compliments the first: Sex Offender Populations, Recidivism and Actuarial Assessment (May, 2007) available on the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY and at:

http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/pdfs/somgmtbulletinmay2007.pdf

Future bulletins will address Sex Offender Typologies, Use of the Polygraph, Technology, Cognitive Theory, and Treatment. For more information, please contact Jami Krueger at Jami.Krueger@dpca.state.ny.us or 518-457-5275.

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9. DPCA Announces Statewide Training in the Use of Specialize Risk Assessment for Sex Offender Management –DPCA is pleased to have received a grant from the NYS DCJS Office of Sex Offender Management (OSOM) to implement a sustainable statewide training program strategy for probation officers in the use of the specialized risk assessment for sex offender management. Probation officers will be trained in the use of the Static-99--the most widely used and validated risk assessment instrument for sex offenders in the U.S. and Canada. This training strategy involves an initial users training, a structured quality assurance component, and the identification of probation officers (proficient in the use of the Static-99) to be trained as future trainers. DPCA will contract with Master Trainer and Consultant Randy Cole, who has extensive experience in community corrections and sex offender management, utilizing the Static-99 Risk Assessment. Additional information will be sent to all probation directors during the next week describing the training that will begin in late October.

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10. DPCA Awarded Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) Grant - DPCA is pleased to announce that it was awarded a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’ Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to assist development in two core areas: the development of comprehensive evidence-based model policy on sex offender management and the development and delivery of training for up to 500 probation officers across New York State. Model policy is expected to be introduced in stages, starting with key areas, in October of 2007; and training is expected to commence mid-2008. For more information, please contact Jami Krueger at Jami.Krueger@dpca.state.ny.us or 518-457-5275.

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11. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Launches Enhanced Version of Socioeconomic Mapping and Resource Topography (SMART) System. – SMART is a geographic information system and Web-based mapping application that pinpoints local geographic areas of crime and delinquency and nearby governmental and community resources to prevent and control it. This tool was developed to assist Federal, state, and local decision makers in targeting areas of greatest need and allocate resources accordingly. Along with maps, SMART creates tables and graphs to chart a wide array of socioeconomic data, such as population, crime, housing, health, and mortality. Data sources include the U.S. Census Bureau and OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book. Recent enhancements include the capacity to upload address files from an Excel spreadsheet, Access database, or comma delineated text files to be geo-coded and entered into the system for the user’s analysis, public schools with contact information (National Center for Education Statistics), public juvenile residential placement facilities (Juvenile Residential Facility Census), Uniform Crime Report data (1994–2004), enabling user to conduct trend analysis. The SMART System may be accessed at http://smart.gismapping.info. Questions or comments should be addressed to Dennis Mondoro at dennis.mondoro@usdoj.gov.

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12. Awards, Events and News

~ NYS Probation Officers Association Conference Supported by DPCA – DPCA once again supported the NYSPOA Annual Conference, and considers it to be one of the finest training opportunities for line and supervisor probation staff. In addition to sponsoring 10 workshops throughout the program schedule, DPCA sponsored over 30 scholarships for local probation staff. More than 200 probation officers and supervisors were in attendance. The State Director awarded two probation officers and one probation officer/social services worker team for their outstanding public service.

Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer: Randy Ontl, Probation Officer – Delaware County

Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer: Sean Rentz, Senior Probation Officer – Albany County

Outstanding Collaboration Between Probation and Social Services: Willie Davis, Probation Officer – Chautauqua County, Diana Ward, Community Services Worker – Chautauqua County

For additional information, please visit the DPCA website http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/pdfs/poapressrelease07.pdf and the NYSPOA website: http://www.nyspoa.com/

~ Statewide Symposium for Probation Directors scheduled for October 24-26, 2007 – This year’s program will be held at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY. Registration information will be sent to all probation directors during the next week. For more information, please contact Bill Schaefer at (518) 457-7905 or Bill.Schaefer@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ New Laws to Address Human Trafficking – On June 6, 2007, Governor Spitzer signed into law legislation to address the growing problem of human trafficking. The U.S. Department of State recently estimated that approximately 18,000 to 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year for forced labor, involuntary domestic servitude, or sexual exploitation, and that New York is a frequent hub of such activity. Trafficking also originates domestically, and both types of trafficking frequently involve children. In fact, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) recently estimated that over 2,500 children in New York State are exploited for purposes of commercial sexual activity each year. The most significant additions to the Penal Law are the two new crimes of Sex Trafficking (Penal Law §230.34), a class B felony, and Labor Trafficking (Penal Law §135.35), a class D felony. These crimes specifically target the methods used by traffickers to induce or compel their victims into sexual or labor servitude. In an effort to suppress demand, Penal Law §§230.03 and 230.04 are amended to elevate the lowest level patronizing a prostitute crime from a B misdemeanor to an A misdemeanor. The legislation adds a new Article 10 to the Social Services Law to establish a process for law enforcement agencies to refer individuals who reasonably appear to be trafficking victims to State’s DCJS, in consultation with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, will make a preliminary assessment as to whether such individuals are eligible to receive trafficking victim services. Additional details are available on eJusticeNY.

~ OASAS to Sponsor Two Recovery Forums – The theme of the all-day forums is: Prevention, Treatment and Recovery – Equal Partners: A Vision for Strengthening Individuals, Families and Communities. They have been designed to begin a dialogue with the prevention, treatment and recovery networks about the development and implementation of the OASAS framework for recovery services in New York. The forums are slated for September 11, 2007 at LeMoyne Manor 629 Old Liverpool Road, Liverpool, NY and September 20, 2007 at Columbia University Alfred Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway at 115th St.
New York, NY. For more information, please visit:

http://www.oasas.ny.gov/recovery/forum.cfm

~ APPA with Funding from OVC Offers Free Webcast Training – “Identifying and Responding to Elder Abuse: The Vital Role of Community Corrections Professionals,” Wednesday, September 12, 2007 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT – “Responding to Elder Abuse Victims and Offenders” – Presented by Nancy Halverson, Corrections Unit Supervisor, Adult Field Service Unit, Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections, Minneapolis, MN. Staff can earn 1.5 contact hours of continuing education credits by participating in FREE webcasts developed by the American Probation and Parole Association with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. To read more about the content and goals of these presentations and to register, please click:

http://www.appa-net.org/grant%20and%20special%20projects/IEA/participate.htm

~ NYS Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury 14th Annual Training Symposium Program – “Working Together: The Best Practice” is designed to provide an affordable and accessible opportunity for learning, training, networking and sharing for individuals who experience brain injury and their families, enhance knowledge, encourage the pursuit of excellence, and promote dignity and choice. The program will be conducted at the New York State Convention Center located at the Empire State Plaza (ESP) in Albany, New York on Thursday, October 11, 2007 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a Training & Technical Assistance Day scheduled on Friday, October 12, 2007 from 9:00 am to noon. If you have questions or want more information, please call Laura Roe at 518-474-6580 or e-mail Laura Roe at lar04@health.state.ny.us, Pat Gumson at prg01@health.state.ny.us, or Kelly Hull at keh04@health.state.ny.us.

~ The SEARCH Institute announces the 11th Annual Healthy Communities-Healthy Youth Conference entitled "Transforming Relationships: For the Common Good" being held November 8-10, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center in Rochester NY. For more information, check the Search Institute website at www.search-institute.org/hchy.

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