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eFocus, Issue Number 77, May 27, 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. NYCOMPAS User Enhancements Implemented
2. Applications Solicited for Caseload Explorer Regional Training Sites
3. New Laws Relating to Interim Probation Supervision Changes
4. Newly Developed Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Curriculum for New York State
5. Awards, Events and News
6. Quick Facts

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1. NYCOMPAS User Enhancements Implemented – User-recommended enhancements to COMPAS were implemented on May 7, 2009 through the New York Offender Assessment Data Sharing (NOADS) Initiative at the request of DPCA, and are now available through the Integrated Justice Portal. The changes include the following: the addition of a referral date to the task screen in the case plan; bringing forward the legal history from the most recent PSI to the new PSI; adding spell-check functionality to the PSI; modifying the "Assessor's Recommendation" screen to show supervision level recommended by COMPAS; bringing static data forward from most recent COMPAS assessment to new COMPAS questionnaire; and defaulting to “All Agencies” on the Search Screen to facilitate searching of offenders across counties. DPCA acknowledges the capable assistance of Northpointe, Inc. and the DCJS NOADS Staff. Please feel free to contact the DCJS Customer Contact Center at (518) 457-5837 with any questions.

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2. Applications Solicited for Caseload Explorer Regional Training Sites – With the implementation of the 24 Management Reports in Caseload Explorer (CE), DPCA is turning its attention to the statewide implementation of CE “Ad Hoc” Report Functionality. DPCA is seeking to enter into agreements with up to three (3) Probation Departments interested in serving as regional training sites for probation officers and departments implementing “Ad Hoc” Report functionality within the Caseload Explorer automated probation case management system. Applications must be received by DPCA by Close of Business on May 28, 2009. More detailed information was sent to all Probation Directors during the last two weeks. Decisions will be made and applicants informed of the results by June 5, 2009. Applications should be addressed to: NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, ATTN: Walter Cogswell, 80 Wolf Road, Suite 501, Albany, NY 12205-2604 or Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us

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3. New Laws Relating to Interim Probation Supervision Changes – New York State’s 2009/10 Budget included significant changes to the law governing Interim Probation Supervision (IPS). Effective April 7, 2009 (for cases involving offenses committed on or after that date and for offenses committed prior to that date if the sentence upon conviction has not been imposed before such date) upon good cause shown, any “drug court” may, upon the defendant’s consent, extend IPS for an additional one-year period where the defendant has agreed to and is still participating in a substance abuse treatment program. Effective June 6, 2009, supervising probation departments will have the ability to utilize in all present and future IPS cases, the existing statutory provisions of law governing modification/enlargement of probation conditions, declarations of delinquency, notices to appear and warrants, and appearance before the court. Courts will also have the authority to impose other conditions for sex offenders, including an internet sex offense condition and the mandatory condition for sex offenders. Further, existing and future probationers are to have their probation sentences credited with any period of IPS satisfactorily completed immediately prior to imposition of their probation sentences. Lastly, for the 4 jurisdictions involved in the probation detainer warrant pilot project, these provisions can be applied to IPS sex offense and domestic violence cases.

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4. Newly Developed Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Curriculum for New York State – DPCA will present the newly developed Fundamentals of Community Corrections Curriculum to ATI Program Directors on August 13, 2009 at the DPCA Training Room, 80 Wolf Road, Albany, New York. DPCA ATI Staff will present a one-day condensed version of the newly completed FCC Curriculum that was developed with ATI Program Representatives, who participated on a statewide workgroup during the past two years. The curriculum incorporates evidence-based practices and will empower community corrections practitioners with the skills required to assist offenders change their behaviors. The FCC Curriculum will be presented in two additional regional forums held in Western NY on August 20th and in NYC on August 27th (locations to be announced at a later date). For more information please contact Yvonne J. Behan at Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5153.

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5. Awards, Events and News

~ On January 29, 2009, Orange County Probation Officer Amanda Russo requested a sample of DNA from one of her probationers convicted of a felony DWI offense in the Orange County Court. The Orange County Probation Department has a comprehensive policy for the collection of DNA in all “Subject Index” Cases. On April 28, 2009, the probationer was charged in the homicide of a Huguenot, NY resident, a crime that had been unsolved for the past 19 years. The family of the victim said they were, “now able to close a door that was open for all these years. “

~ Joseph Mancini, Schenectady County Probation Department Deputy Director and Chief Administrator of the Schenectady County Center for Juvenile Justice, accepted on behalf of the Probation Department, the Vincent C. Mastrofrancisco Partners in Program Award: “Awarded for a Long-term Partnership and Support that has Fostered and Advanced the Mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Schenectady.”

~ Congratulations to Melanie Mullins for having been appointed Probation Director of the Ulster County Probation Department. Melanie’s email address is mmul@co.ulster.ny.us.
DPCA also acknowledges that Robert Sudlow has been promoted to the position of Deputy County Executive for Ulster County.

~ The Monroe County Probation Officer’s Association (MCPOA) and Office of Probation-Community Corrections have announced their 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 $45.00. Registration information is available on the MCPOA website www.monroepoa.org.

~ The New York State Probation Officers Association (NYSPOA) Annual Training 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.

~ New Sex Offender Management Training Video Available on eJustice - The New York State Office of Sex Offender Management (OSOM) recently filmed a training video for Police Officers who deal with sex offenders. The video includes information on the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA); the State’s Sex Offender Registry and Sex Offender Management Tools; and Law Enforcement Tips and Tools. To view the video: Enter the eJustice Sex Offender Management Suite and click on the “Overview” link, Next click on the blue “Law Enforcement” tab found near the top of the Sex Offender Management Suite Overview page, Scroll down to the middle of the Law Enforcement page, and under “Resource Links” click on “Training”. You will then see a series of links to click and view segments of the video, as well as links to a series of “Resources and Associated Documents”. Please keep in mind that the video was filmed for Police Officers, and focuses on the duties of Police Officers in sex offender management. For additional information on the duties and obligations of Probation Officers under SORA, please click on the blue “Probation/Parole” tab on the eJustice Sex Offender Management Suite page, as well as reviewing several documents linked under “Reference Materials” in the eJustice Probation Suite. Please note, DPCA will also be sending a DVD version of this program to Probation Directors for training purposes.

~ Summer Youth Employment opportunities will be enhanced as a result of nearly $100 million slated for employment and training. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will provide $61 million through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) for eligible youth up to age 24. An additional $35 million in TANF funding administered by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will support the State’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) statewide for youth between the ages of 14 and 20 whose families receive public assistance or have a family income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

~ The New York Gang Investigators Association (NYGIA) announced the Third Annual Gang Training Conference will be held July 15-17, 2009 at the Sheraton - Syracuse University Hotel and Conference Center. The NYGIA Training will focus on the recognition and identification of Prison Gangs, Tattoo Identification, Understanding Graffiti, Gangs in Schools, Gang Prosecution Strategies and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Conference Registration Fee: $150.00 (payment received by June 1, 2009). Late Registration/Walk-in Fee is $175.00. One Year NYGIA Membership Included with Registration. In addition to the conference, the NYGIA Basic and Advanced Gang Specialist Certification Course will be offered at the same site on July 14th for an additional course registration fee of $150.00. For further information, please contact Guilda Tavarez, 1st Vice President by phone (585) 919-4277, fax (914) 313-1653, e-mail: nygiamanagers@gmail.com or visit the NYGIA Website at: www.nygia.org

~ In partnership with the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, John Jay College is hosting the upcoming symposium “Achieving Their Promise: Children of Incarcerated Parents” on Thursday, June 4 (7:45 am- 1:00 pm), at the College, 899 Tenth Avenue (between 58th and 59th Streets). For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Sharon Robinson srobinson@dycd.nyc.gov or (212) 676-8227.

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6. Quick Facts: In May of 2008, e-Focus reported that Probation Departments had collected DNA evidence from persons under supervision that was linked to 42 homicides. One year later, the number of homicides linked from DNA taken by probation officers has grown to 71. Ten (10) of the homicides were linked from DNA taken by probation officers through the “Subject Index”.

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