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eFocus, Issue Number 91, November 29, 2010
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services 
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue:

  1. State Regulations Establish Service and Monitoring Standards for Leandra’s Law
  2. “Sex Offenders in a Digital World & Deception Detection” Training
  3. Statewide Probation Survey of Juvenile and Young Adult Offenders with Sexually-Related Offenses
  4. Probation Response to Domestic Violence in Rural and Native American Communities
  5. International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) Recognizes   NYS Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Curriculum
  6. OPCA Facilitates Training in Motivational Interviewing
  7. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
  8. Quick Facts

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1.         State Regulations Establish Service and Monitoring Standards for Leandra’s Law  – Chapter 496 of the Laws of 2009—The Child Passenger Protection Act or Leandra’s Law, was signed into law by Governor David A. Paterson on November 18, 2009. OPCA was charged with promulgating specific rules and regulations governing ignition interlock programming services with respect to monitoring standards related to such devices to ensure successful statewide implementation. Handling of Ignition Interlock Cases Involving Certain Criminal Offenders Rule (Part 358 of Title 9 NYCRR) was promulgated as an emergency rule on April 23, 2010, and most recently on September 7, 2010; it was adopted on October 19, 2010 and became effective on November 3, 2010. The new rule reflects the expertise and guidance of probation professionals, prosecutors, defense counsel, the Office of Court Administration, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, STOP DWI programs, the Institute of Traffic Safety Management and Research, the Division of Criminal Justice Services, and ignition interlock manufacturers, among others. This rule incorporated numerous suggestions to strengthen its content, provide flexibility where feasible without compromising ignition interlock performance or public safety, and reflects many other recommendations to minimize impact, clarify the law, and achieve sound workable provisions.  To view the rule text, please visit our website at http://www.dpca.state.ny.us

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2.         “Sex Offenders in a Digital World & Deception Detection” Training – OPCA, in cooperation with the NYS Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NYATSA), sponsored three regional training sessions in November with renowned expert Dr. James Tanner.   The training provided probation, parole and mental health professionals with a better understanding of how sex offenders use digital technology, thereby enhancing monitoring and supervision services.  The session covered the basics of truth and deception with a discussion and demonstration of discourse analysis.  For additional information, please contact Laura Zeliger at Laura.Zeliger@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-5275.

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3.         Statewide Probation Survey of Juvenile and Young Adult Offenders with Sexually-Related Offenses OPCA is pleased to report the results of our statewide survey of juvenile and young adult offenders with sexually-related offenses in New York State.   As part of the development of the forthcoming Juvenile Sex Offender Management Practitioner Guidance, local probation departments were surveyed and reported the total number of youth on probation supervision caseloads for sexually-related offenses in New York.  Juvenile and young adult probationers between the ages of 7 and 18 with sexually-related offenses were studied.  The survey yielded the following results: total number of juvenile and young adult offenders aged 7 – 18 with sexually related offenses = 611 (588 male, 23 female); Young Adult Offenders (ages 16 up to 19) with sexually related offenses = 248 (241 male, 7 female); and, total number of offenders  (age 7 -18) who are SORA Registered Offenders = 18 (17 male, 1 female).  A summary spreadsheet which includes county-based data is available at www.dpca.state.ny.us and in the Probation Services Suite of eJustice-NY.

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4.         Probation Response to Domestic Violence in Rural and Native American Communities OPCA is providing six regional trainings designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of Probation Officers who work in rural communities and the 23 communities serving Native Americans. This training series is made possible through federal grant funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.   This exciting full-day program is being offered in Franklin County (November 30); Jefferson County (December 1); Cortland County (December 2); Cattaraugus County (December 7); Livingston County (December 8); and Orange County (December 14).  Participants will be provided with Addressing Domestic Violence in Indian Country: Introductory Manual produced by the Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project.  Additional space is still available and probation departments are encouraged to attend to complete their in-service training requirements. To register, please contact Gail Roy at Gail.Roy@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5155.

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5.         International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) Recognizes  NYS Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Curriculum– The ICCA Board of Directors has recognized New York State in developing the first evidence-based curriculum designed specifically for community corrections professionals.  The ICCA Board congratulated OPCA on its “highly successful undertaking and bold initiative.”  The FCC Curriculum was developed in 2009 with the assistance of ATI professionals and technical assistance provided through the National Institute of Corrections (NIC).  The ICCA strongly approved of the inclusion of topics including cultural awareness, skill-building techniques, assessment, effective interviewing and principles of case management.  OPCA has trained nearly 100 community correction professionals in regional trainings and forums.  The FCC was also accredited by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) in September 2010.

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6.         OPCA Facilitates Training in Motivational Interviewing – OPCA recently facilitated training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) for 27 probation officers representing 13 counties statewide.  Motivational Interviewing is an evidenced based practice that can be used by community corrections professionals in their efforts to reduce recidivism through positive offender change. This training was presented by David Varalli, a Senior United States Probation Officer for the Western District of New York (Buffalo-Rochester). In addition to theory, concepts and philosophies of Motivational Interviewing, this training was designed to enhance participant skills, strategies and techniques in using MI to overcome resistance, prepare people to change and build motivation at various stages of readiness.  For additional information, please contact Kathi Pallotta at Kathi.Pallotta@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5157.

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7.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~          Oneida County Probation Officers Matt Caracas and Pat Scalise have been recognized by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Bureau of Narcotics Investigation and Drug Control for their contributions in a successful multi-state effort to dismantle a large scale marijuana trafficking operation. The defendants in the case were involved in the distribution of $6 million in marijuana throughout New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina between 2006 and 2009. Congratulations to officers Caracas and Scalise for their outstanding effort and achievement!

~          The College and Community Fellowship (CCF) Program celebrated its 10th anniversary on November 16, 2010.  Founded in 2000, the CCF is dedicated to helping women with prior criminal justice involvement achieve college and graduate level education degrees.   Since its inception, 157 CCF fellows have graduated from the program and obtained their college and graduate degrees in education.  At this year’s gala, the CCF recognized the following individuals for their continued support and leadership: Jeffrion L. Aubry, NYS Assemblyman, Ann Beeson, Executive Director, U.S. Programs Open Society Institute, Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor, The Graduate Center, CUNY and Attorney General-Elect Eric T. Schneiderman.

           This year’s gala celebration included a production of “The Letters Behind My Name” written and performed by the CCF Theatre for Social Change Ensemble.  The CCF theatre for Social Change was founded in 2003 and performs to raise public awareness of the importance of access to higher education and the impact of higher education on reducing recidivism.  Please click here to view the gala festivities captured by photographer Margot Jordan.  

~          Fortune Society Holds Benefit; Event Presents Screening of “Bring Your ‘A’ Game” – On November 16, 2010 the Fortune Society held a gala in NYC at the Laura Pels Theatre to support their ATI and reentry services and presented the film “Bring Your ‘A’ Game.”  The 22-minute documentary focuses on the relationship between high school drop-out rates, low educational expectations and the growing prison population. “A-Gamers” featured in the film include Glenn E. Martin, Director of Fortune’s David Rothenberg Center of Public Policy, Chris Rock, Newark, NJ Mayor Booker, Spike Lee, Cornel West, Richard Parsons, and Lou Gossett Jr. In the film, the men share their stories of success, setbacks, and insights into how they found their ‘A’ game.  In addition to Fortune’s involvement with this film, the Fortune Society is well known for the play “The Castle,” conceived and directed by Fortune founder David Rothenberg.  This play highlights true-life stories of incarceration and life beyond prison walls. The play has met with critical acclaim at Manhattan’s New World Stages, where it played for 13 months, and still tours across the Tri-State Area in prisons, juvenile detention centers, on college campuses, and in churches.

~          Reminder: NYS Uniform Consent Form--Effective October 7, 2009 a new form entitled “Consent to Release of Information Concerning Chemical Dependence Treatment for Criminal Justice Clients” (TRS-49) is to be used for all Criminal Justice referrals to OASAS-licensed treatment providers /facilities.  The new form was developed by OASAS in collaboration with OPCA, the Division of Parole, OCA, and DCJS.  The form was distributed to all Probation Directors and ATI Program Managers via State Director’s Memorandum #2009-5 and is available on the Probation Services Suite under the “State Director Memoranda” tab.  The use of the consent form is critical for offender tracking and treatment accountability purposes.  Treatment providers may refuse to accept a referral if the NYSID is not provided on the consent form.  Please contact Walter Cogswell at Walter.Cogswell@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5168 for additional information.

~          The Suicide Prevention Center of New York had recently published their first newsletter, The Center Connection. The SPCNY Website http://www.preventsuicideny.org/ is available for posting statewide and regional events. Should you know of an event, please e-mail Cassandra Kahl, at istccdk@omh.ny.gov.

~          The 4th Annual Long Island Suicide Prevention Symposium to be held December 3, 2010. Sponsored by the Suicide Prevention Committee of Long Island and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the full-day symposium runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 pm at the Huntington Hilton Hotel on Broad Hollow Road in Melville, NY.   Registration is $60 in advance, $70 at the door (space permitting). For additional information, please contact: michael@faithfulresponse.org or visit http://www.responsehotline.org/.

~          NYSATSA & NYSASOSP have announced their 16th Annual Conference - Promoting Community Safety Through Collaboration, Prevention, Treatment, and Supervision.  The conference will be held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY (30 minutes outside of Syracuse) from Monday, May 23, 2011 - Wednesday, May 25, 2011. For additional information, please visit http://www.nysatsa.com or contact Janalee Orfanides NYSATSA/NYSASOSP Conference Planner at conferenceplanner@nysatsa.com.

~          The Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence! (ACE!) is a center within the Criminology, Law & Society Department at George Mason University focusing on issues facing correctional agencies within the criminal justice system. Please visit the ACE! website at http://gemini.gmu.edu/ace/ to learn more about ACE! and to subscribe to their quarterly newsletter.

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8.         Quick Facts: Probation Officers in New York State supervise 12,000 Juvenile Delinquents and 5,000 PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision) each year.

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