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eFocus, Issue Number 75, April 3, 2009
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. DPCA supports NYSPOA Annual Training Conference
2. Nominations Sought By May 1st for 2009 State Director Awards
3. Final Draft of Sex Offender Housing Guidelines Released
4. Probationer Employment Data Report and New Training Available
5. Cyber Crime Seminar for Probation Officers Announced
6. Ignition Interlock Availability Increases Across NYS
7. IPRS / Caseload Explorer Interface Nears Completion
8. Awards, Events and News
9. Quick Facts

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1. DPCA Supports NYSPOA Annual Training Conference – DPCA is pleased to continue its commitment to high quality training provided to probation professionals each year at the New York State Probation Officers Association Annual Training Conference by providing scholarships and providing specialized training workshops. DPCA considers the NYSPOA Conference as the premier annual training event for probation officers in New York State. This year’s conference will be held in Albany at The Crowne Plaza on August 12-14, 2009. Additional details of this year’s conference can be found at www.nyspoa.com.

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2. Nominations Sought for 2009 State Director Awards – DPCA is seeking nominations for “2009 State Director’s Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer” and "2009 State Director’s Award for Outstanding Probation/DSS Collaboration” These highly competitive honors will be awarded during the 2009 NYS Probation Officers Association (NYSPOA) Conference. Please help us recognize outstanding probation work by submitting nominations to the State Director. The deadline has been extended to Friday, May 1, 2009. Prior notice was sent out to County/City of New York Probation Departments on March 10, 2009.

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3. Final Draft of Sex Offender Housing Guidelines Released – Chapter 568 of the Laws of 2008 added Executive Law Section 243(4) to require the Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA) to promulgate rules and regulations which shall include guidelines and procedures on the housing placement of probationers designated as Level 2 or 3 sex offenders pursuant to Article 6-C of the Correction Law, commonly referred to as the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). The final draft distributed to Probation Directors and Commissioners last week incorporates changes requested from the probation field, including those presented by the Executive Committee of the Council of Probation Administrators (COPA). Additionally, this final draft includes a new Statement of Purpose that is common to guidelines that will be formally promulgated by the State Division of Parole, the State Office of Temporary and Disability and Assistance (OTDA) and DPCA, reflecting New York State’s comprehensive approach to sex offender management. DPCA will notify departments when the proposed regulation is posted in the State Register for the 45-day public comment period. For additional information, please contact DPCA Counsel Linda Valenti at (518) 485-2394 or Linda.Valenti@dpca.state.ny.us

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4. Probationer Employment Data Report and New Training Available – The 2009 Probationer Employment Data for 2008, as well as for 2007, has been finalized and is available at www.dpca.state.ny.us and the Probation Services Suite of e-Justice, New York. Probation professionals in New York State understand the important role that employment plays in reducing recidivism among persons under probation and community correction supervision. Employment is an important and measurable outcome for departments and has now been included as reportable data element in the Integrated-Probation Registrant System (I-PRS) and is a required component of the Annual Plan for State Aid Probation Local Assistance. DPCA has committed resources to implement the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) programming throughout the state and has trained 41 probation staff and community corrections employment specialists in the nationally recognized 180-hour OWDS Curriculum. The progress and accomplishments of these OWD Specialists are recounted in the quarterly newsletter In Touch With OWDS, a copy of which is available in the Probation Services Suite of e-Justice, New York. We are pleased to commence our second annual OWDS training on April 27, 2009 and expect to train up to 30 probation and community correction professionals. Please contact Cynthia Blair at Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us or 518-485-5162 for additional information.

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5. Cyber Crime Seminar for Probation Officers Announced
– DPCA is pleased to announce that the New York State Police (NYSP) will be presenting two sessions of a special Cyber Crime Seminar for Probation Officers. Training will be held at the NYSP Academy in Albany. Attendance is strictly limited to 30 persons per two-day session. This training will provide an overview of Cyber Crime for probation officers charged with the investigation and supervision of sex offenders. Each training session will include 16 hours of instruction, which is spread over three days to accommodate travel. This unique training program will address the following subject areas: the Internet, Internet Legal Processes, Internet Investigations, Instant Messaging & Chat Investigations, Sources of Online Information, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) Investigations, Interviewing Techniques in Child Pornography Investigations, Collection and Preservation of Online Information and Digital Evidence, Training and Ethics Guidelines. This program will be held at the NYSP Academy, 1220 Washington Ave., Bldg. 24, Albany, NY. Session 1 (4/27-4/29) and Session 2 (4/29-5/1). Training begins promptly at 1:00 PM on the first day of each session and ends at 12:00 PM on the last day. For additional information or to register, please contact Gary Govel at (518) 457-4336 or Gary.Govel@dpca.state.ny.us

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6. Ignition Interlock Availability Increases Across NYS
– The latest listing of Ignition Interlock Installer/Service locations that includes over 100 participating dealers is now available. There are six different Ignition Interlock instruments available in New York State. Four instruments have or will soon have camera, GPS and real-time reporting features. The number of Interlocks being used in New York State continues to grow with approximately 2,000 units in service. The latest statewide Installer listing is available at www.dpca.state.ny.us and in the Probation Services Suite. For additional information, please contact Ron Bergstrom, DPCA Community Corrections Representative at (518) 485-9941 or e-mail at Ron.Bergstrom@dpca.state.ny.us

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7. IPRS / Caseload Explorer Interface Nears Completion
– AutoMon has now completed its work with DCJS and DPCA to create functionality within Caseload Explorer v.3.11 to automatically provide information to and retrieve information from the Integrated Probation Registrant System (I-PRS). The interface has been tested by the St. Lawrence County Probation Department and is fully functional. Roll-out of this interface to other departments will begin shortly after "lessons-learned" procedures are developed to reduce the possibility of system error messages (due to incomplete or incorrectly formatted data). This functionality will provide for near-realtime communication between Caseload Explorer and I-PRS (without the need for user intervention), and will dramatically reduce the need to enter the same data in the two different systems.

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8. Awards, Events and News

~ The 2009 Probation Executive Leadership Program for new Probation Directors is scheduled for April 21-22, 2009 at 80 Wolf Road in Albany, NY. This is required training for the 9 new Probation Directors participating in this Leadership Program. For additional information, please contact Kathi Pallotta at Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us or call (518) 485-5157.

~ The DPCA Training Unit has announced the dates for the next Fundamentals of Probation Practice (FPP) Course to be held in Albany, NY. The Officer Safety and Survival Training and Peace Officer Supplements will be conducted May 11-15, 2009; FPP will be held June 1-5, and June 8-12, 2009. For additional information, please contact Kathi Pallotta at Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us or call (518) 485-5157.

~ Probation Directors will recall our guest speaker at the 2008 Symposium for Probation Directors. The National GAINS Center recently released a brief entitled Responding to the Needs of Justice-Involved Combat Veterans with Service-Related Trauma and Mental Health Conditions. This report offers strategies for working with justice-involved combat veterans and especially for individuals who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Among the recommendations included for screening and service engagement strategies are peer support services and several approaches for connecting to VHA health care services. Many combat veterans are returning with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. The demographic characteristics of the volunteer army and the deployment for recent conflicts are very different than previously experienced. A copy of the brief is available on the DPCA website by clicking on the following link: http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/pdfs/gainsctrcvtjsreport.pdf To reach your local NYS Veterans Counselor, please call 1-888-VETSNYS (1-888-838-7697) at the NYS Division of Veterans' Affairs.

~ The Recovery Act Byrne Competitive solicitation has been posted http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/ (see Recovery Act: Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program) Applications are due April 27, and must be submitted via the DCJS grants management system (GMS). There are eight categories under which applications may be submitted: Comprehensive Community-Based Data-Driven Approaches to Preventing and Reducing Violent Crime, Providing for Funding of Neighborhood Probation and Parole Officers, Reducing Mortgage Fraud and Crime Related to Vacant Properties, Hiring of Civilian Staff in Law Enforcement and Public Safety-Related Agencies, Enhancing Forensic and Crime Scene Investigations, Improving Resources and Services for Victims of Crime, Supporting Problem-Solving Courts, and National Training and Technical Assistance Partnerships. Approximately $220 million in funding is available.

~ National Crime Victims' Rights Week will be celebrated April 26–May 2, 2009. The theme this year is 25 Years of Rebuilding Lives: Celebrating the Victims of Crime Act. Each April since 1981, the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime has helped lead communities throughout the country in their observances of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW). Rallies, candlelight vigils, and a host of commemorative activities are held each year to promote victims' rights and to honor crime victims and those who advocate on their behalf. We encourage readers to contact their local victim service providers to learn more about events planned in your communities. For more information please visit: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/ncvrw/welcome.html

~ United States Interagency Council on Homelessness "Home for Every American" Innovation Award recipient George McDonald, Founder and President of New York's Doe Fund, testified on successful innovative employment and housing strategies for prisoner reentry last month before the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies chaired by Representative Alan Mollohan. The Doe Fund’s criminal justice program, Ready, Willing and Able is partially supported with DPCA funds to operate a transitional paid employment program with case management activities in the areas of vocational and educational training, relapse prevention, life skills and job placement/retention for persons involved in the criminal justice system. The work-centered approach supports the goals of successful reintegration into the community and reduced recidivism. For additional program information, please visit http://www.doe.org/programs/?programID=13

~ The Monroe County Probation Officer’s Association (MCPOA) and Office of Probation-Community Corrections have announced its 2009 Annual Training Conference. This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at the Rochester Institute of Technology, 1 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY. Training topics will include defensive tactics, clandestine drug labs, trauma and victim’s issues, dealing with difficult people and gangs. The cost per attendee is approximately $50.00. Registration information will soon be made available on the MCPOA website www.monroepoa.org.

~ A Bird’s Eve View is a play exploring a formerly incarcerated young adult’s struggle to return home and provide support to his schizophrenic uncle. This is a production of CASES’ Insight Project which exposes formerly incarcerated young adults to the basics of theatre performance and composition. The program will be on Monday, May 4th at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets in New York City. Tickets are free for this event and available at www.ticketcentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200.

~ Becoming a Trauma-Informed Criminal Justice Practitioner is the first of six sessions offered by the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health’s Forensic Services Academy and the Criminal Justice Committee of Queens. This training series is geared for professionals working in the criminal justice system and will focus on general principles of trauma. Strategies to avoid re-traumatization and how best to assist with engagement will be presented. This full day program will be held on May 8, 2009 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the NYU–Kimmel Center in New York, NY. Registration includes breakfast and lunch. For additional information, please email CJCQueens@gmail.com by April 17th.

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9. Quick Facts: The New York City Department of Probation Intelligence Division has arrested its sixth probationer for Criminal Possession of a Firearm (CPW) for 2009.

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