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eFocus, Issue Number 69, August 26, 2008
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.         Probation Professionals Recognized at NYSPOA 2008 Conference
2.         New York Caseload Explorer Application Version 3.11 Completed
3.         New York Offender Assessment and Data Sharing (NOADS) Initiative
4.         Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Project Sets Regional Meetings
5.         Employment Matters Training Scheduled  
6.         Awards, Events and News
7.         Quick Facts

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1.         Probation Professionals Recognized at NYSPOA 2008 Conference – State Director Robert Maccarone recognized four professionals at this year’s NYS Probation Officers Association Annual Conference held August 13th -15th in Albany.  Over 200 probation officers attended this year’s Probation Officer Awards Luncheon, held on Thursday, August 14th at the Crowne Plaza. During the ceremonies, State Director Maccarone recognized Onondaga County Probation Officer Richard Shenosky and Albany County Probation Officer Tina Martin for their outstanding service, dedication, professionalism, and overall contributions to the field of community corrections. Each Probation Officer received the State Director’s Probation Officer of the Year Award.  Warren County Probation Supervisor John Adams and Social Services Supervisor Maureen Schmidt were honored with this year’s award for Outstanding Collaboration between Probation and Social Services. OCFS Commissioner Gladys Carrion joined State Director Maccarone in awarding Supervisors Adams and Schmidt this year’s Collaboration Award and commented on the importance of probation and social services working together to address the needs of New York State’s children. State Director Maccarone closed this year’s Awards Luncheon by saying that these four professionals stand before us as shining examples of the many dedicated public servants, who through trust, compassion, and professional integrity, positively influence the lives of all New Yorkers. To view the original press release, click here.

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2.         New York Caseload Explorer (CE) Application Version 3.11 Completed – DPCA is very pleased to report that the development of the Automated Probation Case Management System—Caseload Explorer Version 3.11 has been completed and its roll-out to counties is underway.  DPCA and the hard-working members of the Statewide Forms and Reports (F & R) Workgroup and AutoMon, initiated a “75-Day Work Plan” in April of this year to ensure that Version 3.11 was completed.  On Monday, July 15, 2008, the members of the Forms and Reports Workgroup, Suffolk County probation officials and DPCA “signed-off” on the development of the newest products contained in CE Version 3.11. As a result, Suffolk County has commenced its implementation of the Caseload Explorer Case Management System and the training of 400 probation staff. Suffolk County expects to be operational by early November 2008. Fourteen counties operating earlier versions of CE will now upgrade to Version 3.11 and nearly 20 Prober Plus counties will transition to the latest CE.  Nassau, Onondaga and Monroe Counties will now be able to move forward as well.  The F & R Workgroup are now finalizing the development of 24 detailed reports that will assist probation officers and their supervisors in managing their probation caseloads.  DPCA is supporting the implementation of CE 3.11 through statewide training provided by probation professionals who worked to develop the new software.  For additional information, please contact Walter Cogswell at (518) 485-5168 or Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us .

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3.         New York Offender Assessment and Data Sharing (NOADS) Initiative – On August 13, 2008, DCJS and DPCA successfully migrated the New York COMPAS Risk and Need Assessment Instrument to a new statewide platform.  Nearly 1,500 probation officers statewide are now using the probation COMPAS risk and need instrument; probation officers have completed assessments on 40,000 offenders since the implementation began in 2007.  The migration of COMPAS to the New York Offender Assessment and Data Sharing (NOADS) Initiative is the first step in advancing three major goals, including the implementation of a common, automated risk and needs assessment for offender management by Probation, Parole and Corrections; automated data exchanges to promote the sharing of critical offender information among criminal justice agencies; and the creation of a central repository of offender data for Pre-Sentence Investigation Reports—all within the Integrated Justice (IJ) Portal.  The Integrated Justice Advisory Board (IJAB) and representative agencies including DCJS (and as it represents DPCA), the Division of Parole and the Department of Correctional Services have supported the development of the NOADS.  For additional information regarding the NOADS project, please contact Walter Cogswell at (518) 485-5168 or Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us .

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4.         Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Project Sets Regional Meetings – DPCA has announced a series of regional meetings to re-establish and strengthen the statewide network of Probation Domestic Violence Liaisons (PDVLs) and assist probation departments in improving access and their response to Domestic Incident  Reports (DIR).  Ready access to DIR information will assist probation officers in holding offenders accountable and reducing domestic violence. These important meetings will focus on policy development, access and response to DIRs, recent changes in the Family Court Act and Criminal Procedural Law, and the identification of local training needs.  The first three of five statewide meetings are scheduled as follows: Putnam County (September 22nd), Washington County (September 24th), and Livingston County (October 6th).  Meetings will be scheduled in the southern and northwestern regions of the State in November.  For additional information regarding this meeting series, please contact Mike Thomas at memike106@aol.com.  To register for these meetings, please complete a registration form found on the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY and send completed forms to Gail Roy at Gail.Roy@dpca.state.ny.us or fax to (518) 458-7198.

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5.         Employment Matters training scheduled-- Chemung County will host Employment Matters training on September 17th. The training will be held at the Chemung Schuyler Steuben Workforce NY located at 318 Madison Avenue in Elmira, NY. Onondaga County will host Employment Matters on Thursday, September 18th at CNY Works, 443 N. Franklin St. Syracuse.  Both trainings will be held from 9:00-5:00 and will cover career assessments, barriers to employment, job retention, legal issues and information on One Stops. For more information please contact Cynthia Blair at (518) 485-5162 or Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us .

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6.         Awards, Events and News

~          Probation Recidivism Data Updated – Probationer Cohort Recidivism Data for the period 1997-2006, measuring probationer felony re-arrest for 12, 24 and 36 months following sentence, has been updated and is available at www.dpca.state.ny.us as well as the Probation Services Suite of e-Justice, New York.  Individual County/City of New York and Statewide Reports are included.

~          Statewide Symposium for Probation Directors and Deputy Directors is scheduled for October 29-31, 2008 – The Statewide Symposium for Probation Directors and Deputy Directors will be held Wednesday, October 29th through Friday, October 31st at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury, NY.  For more information, please contact Bill Schaefer at (518) 457-7905 or Bill.Schaefer@dpca.state.ny.us .  

~          DPCA Certifies New Master Trainers for Officer Safety and Survival Training –   DPCA recently certified three probation officers as Master Trainers for Officer Safety and Survival Training (OSST).   Probation officers Mark Pisano of Ulster County, Richard Carter of Erie County and David Fluellen of Monroe County recently exceeded the requirements for this certification process.  DPCA commends these officers for their commitment to officer safety and willingness to assist in the training of fellow officers.  For additional information on conducting an OSST program for probation officers in your area, please contact Kathi Pallotta at (518) 458-5157 or Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us

~          DPCA Working to “Brand” Probation – DPCA and its Statewide Workgroup on Probation Qualifications, Recruitment and Retention are working to develop a probation “brand” in New York State. Strengthening probation’s identity and image are important to effective communication with the public. Please submit your suggestions to Gary Govel, 80 Wolf Rd., Suite 501, Albany, NY 12205 or via e-mail to Gary.Govel@dpca.state.ny.us.

~          Center for Community Alternatives Youth Featured – The Center for Community Alternatives (CCY), a DPCA-funded alternative-to-detention and incarceration program,            was featured August 21st on WABC in NYC (Channel 7) as part of Art McFarland's   educational segment. The media piece featured some of CCY’s innovative programming.      To view the news story as it appeared, please visit:             http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/education&id=6342742

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7.         Quick Facts:  Probation departments have collected nearly 80,000 samples of DNA evidence from offenders.  To date, this effort has solved more than 600 crimes, including       55 homicides and 304 sexual assaults.  Five of the homicides were taken pursuant to the state’s “subject index” and three of these homicides were solved from DNA samples taken from DWI Probationers. 

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