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eFocus, Issue Number 93, January 27, 2011
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. NIC Hosts Live Webinar on New York State’s OWDS Program – Managing the Employment of Sex Offenders in the Community
2. Probationer Recidivism Continues to Decline in New York State
3. Fundamentals of Probation Practice Curriculum is Re-Accredited by APPA
4. The Palladia, Inc. PVRC Celebrates its First Year of Success
5. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
6. Quick Facts

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1.         NIC Hosts Live Webinar on New York State’s Offender Workforce Development Specialist Program – Managing Sex Offenders in the Community. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will host an Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) virtual discussion forum presented by the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) on Friday, January 28, 2011 from 10:00am to 11:30am.  The topic is Managing the Employment of Sex Offenders Under Community Supervision Part 1. In addition to the more than 80 certified OWD Specialists across New York State, probation officers and/or ATI staff that work with sex offenders are welcome to participate in the webinar.  For additional information, please contact Cynthia Blair at Cynthia.Blair@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5162.

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2.         Probationer Recidivism Continues to Decline in New York State – The DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) is pleased to release the ten-year annual Probationer Re-Arrest Rates Following Sentence Report which has been updated through 2008. Probationer recidivism, defined as felony re-arrests, continued to decline for 12 (12.1%), 24 (19.2%) and 36 (25.3%) months.  These are the lowest statewide rates reported since 1999.  Reduced recidivism rates are evidenced in all categories, including re-arrests for Violent Felony Offenses, Drug Offenses and Other Felony Offenses. Our  emphasis on evidence-based practices in our training, including motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and offender workforce development, as well as probation’s utilization of validated actuarial uniform risk and need assessment tools, effective case-planning and automation technology, have undoubtedly contributed to the continued decline in recidivism.   OPCA acknowledges the fine work of the DCJS Office of Justice Research and Performance in producing this informative annual report.

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3.         The Fundamentals of Probation Practice (FPP) Curriculum Re-Accredited by the American Probation and Parole Association – The Statewide Fundamentals of Probation Practice course has been re-accredited for 70 contact hours by the APPA Training Accreditation Committee. This evidence-based curriculum was first accredited by APPA in February 2008.  This recognition by APPA is the culmination of significant effort and collaboration by representatives from the Council of Probation Administrators (COPA), the NYS Probation Officers Association (NYSPOA), OPCA Staff and Orbis Partners. The curriculum has been standardized and has been delivered to new probation professionals across New York State since 2005.  For additional information, please contact, Kathi Pallotta at Kathi.Pallotta@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5157.

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4.         The Palladia, Inc. PVRC Celebrates First Year of Success – The OPCA funded Probation Violation Residential Center (PVRC) in New York City operated by Palladia, Inc. celebrated its first year of success on January 14, 2011 at 2pm, at their Starhill facility located at 1600 Macombs Rd. in the Bronx.  The program honored 39 probationers who completed the PVRC program in 2010, as well as current participants for having achieved significant program milestones.   The Palladia PVRC program has successfully implemented the use of a number of evidence based practices including the use of the COMPAS risk and needs assessment, the National Institute of Corrections’ (NIC) curriculum Thinking for Change, a cognitive behavioral change program  and the NIC OWDS “Ready, Set, Work! curriculum. The PVRC program model is designed to address the needs of probationers who are at-risk of violating their probation sentence and likely costly incarceration.  PVRC’s Models are also located in New York City, Dutchess and Albany counties.  For additional information, please contact Yvonne Behan at Yvonne.Behan@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5153.

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5.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~          Chapter 405 of the Laws of 2010 was signed by Governor David A. Paterson on August 13, 2010.  The “Strangulation Act” became effective on November 11, 2010. This legislation creates a new Article 121 in the Penal Law, titled "Strangulation and Related Offenses," establishing the new crimes of criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation (class A misdemeanor), strangulation in the second degree (class D violent felony), and strangulation in the first degree (class C violent felony).  All offenses are added to the list of family offenses.  In addition, the strangulation offenses are added to various sections of existing law for other considerations, such as DNA collection, hate crime prosecution, and licensing. OPCA has posted to the Probation Services suite of e-JusticeNY two documents that were created by the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.  Together, they provide significant reference information about strangulation as well as helpful checklists and important questions that can help officers to better hold offenders accountable by capturing and recording critical information about these extremely dangerous incidents. If you require additional information or technical assistance, please contact Bill Schaefer at Bill.Schaefer@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5158.

~          OPCA is very pleased to announce the Probation Executive Leadership Training Program designed for new Probation Directors.  The program will be held February 23-24, 2011 at 80 Wolf Road, Albany in the 4th floor Training Room.  The Probation Executive Leadership Training Program is advanced training designed exclusively for new Probation Directors and details many important topics. Also included will be a panel discussion of experienced Probation Directors addressing new administrators on a wide range of issues.

~          The OPCA Training Calendar is updated on a monthly basis and posted under the Training Tab on the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY.  This resource will assist probation professionals who are working toward fulfilling their annual continuing education requirements. 

~          The Prisoner Reentry Institute’s Occasional Series on Reentry Research Presents: A Special Presentation on the Justice Atlas – A Nationwide Examination of Corrections and Public Safety through a Geographic Lens will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 9:30am to 12:00 noon at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 899 Tenth Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets, Room 630, New York, NY.  This innovative program will feature a discussion of the National Justice Atlas, a new and recently launched online research and policy tool that uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology.  Eric Cadora of the Justice Mapping Center will lead the presentation and the discussion will be moderated by Errol Louis, Political Anchor for NY1.  Panelists will discuss how the Atlas can be used to improve policymaking and public service delivery among communities with high concentrations of populations with involvement in the justice system.  For more information on the Justice Atlas, please visit www.justiceatlas.org.  To register for this program, please send an email to pri@jjay.cuny.edu.  This program will also be available via webcast on the National Reentry Resource Center website: http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/.

~          The Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD) will be hosting Close Encounters with THOSE People: A Different Perspective on Diversity & Disability on February 15, 2011 from 9:30am to 12:30pm at CQCAPD offices located at 401 State Street in Schenectady, NY. This free program is an activity-based workshop designed to provide a unique opportunity to learn how to better meet the needs of today’s diverse population and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life. Registration is due by February 9th. To register, please contact Layna Maher at (518) 388-0693 or Layna.Maher@cqc.ny.gov.

~          The New York State Sheriffs’ Association has announced the Fifth Annual New York Statewide Conference on VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday)will be held Friday, April 15, 2011 at the Holiday Inn Wolf Road in Albany, NY.  For more information, please contact Ms. Irene Colwill at (518) 434-9091 or email at icolwill@nysheriffs.org

~          The Middle Atlantic State Correctional Association (MASCA) 2011 Annual Conference will be held June 5-8 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany, NY.  For additional details, please visit http://masca.corrections.com.

~          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.

~          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.

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6.         Quick Facts:  Caseload Explorer Implementation – A total of 38 counties have implemented the CEautomated probation case management system in New York State; 4 counties are currently implementing and 1 is finalizing purchase.  Thirteen (13) counties have implemented the Ad Hoc Reporting Software, 37 have implemented the Integrated Probation Registrant System (IPRS) Interface, and 30 have implemented the YASI Interface. Nassau County has also implemented Visual Analytics. 

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