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eFocus, Issue Number 95, April 12, 2011
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor

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In this Issue:
1. Sara Tullar Fasoldt 2011 Leadership and Humanitarian Awards
2. Annual Reports forATI Program Models Published
3. Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II (J-SOAP-II) Training
4. Probationer Employment Increases in 2010
5. Probation Officers Successfully Complete Fundamentals of Probation Practice
6. OPCA Adds Plain Clothes/Off Duty Survival to Peace Officer Training
7. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News Produces
8. Quick Facts

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DCJS-OPCA Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert M. Maccarone (pictured on left) presents CASES President and CEO Joel Copperman with the Sara Tullar Fasoldt Leadership and Humanitarian Award.

Dutchess County Probation & Community Corrections Director Mary Ellen Still with Dutchess County Executive William Steinhaus.

1. Sara Tullar Fasoldt 2011 Leadership and Humanitarian Awards – Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert Maccarone presented the Sara Tullar Fasoldt Leadership and Humanitarian Award to Joel Copperman, the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) and Mary Ellen Still, Director of the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections. The Sara Tullar Fasoldt award symbolizes the life and work of Sara Fasoldt who, as former head of the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, sought and succeeded in immeasurably strengthening and improving the field of community corrections. Joel Copperman was honored for his outstanding leadership and significant contributions to the field of community corrections. Under his leadership, CASES provides fair and affordable community sanctions consistent with public safety, and serves 7,500 individuals and their families each year. With Joel Copperman’s visionary leadership, CASES has provided a national model for working effectively with individuals with mental illness involved in the court system. As Director of the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections, Mary Ellen Still has made substantial contributions to the field of community corrections. Under the leadership and guidance of Director Still, the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections effectively supervises approximately 3,000 defendants and probationers as directed by the courts and has been at the forefront of supporting or developing and implementing effective evidence-based supervision strategies.

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2. Annual Reports forATI Program Models Published – Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs continue to provide critical services to New York State'scriminal justice system byproviding cost effective programs that reduce unnecessary reliance on incarceration,reducerecidivism and promote public safety andassist individualschange their behaviors and lead law-abiding lives. Full reports for 2010 are available at www.dpca.state.ny.us. Highlights of the 2010reports include:

- Community Service Programs report that 87.5% of participants successfully complete the service.
- Pretrial Services Programs report30,162 releases with an overall Failure to Appear Rate (FTA) of 3.1%.
- Specialized Drug and Alcohol Service Programsreport 13,747 individuals placed in programs with 71.2% completing.
- Defender Based Advocacy Programs prepared 2,756 individualized client-specific plans and 2,511were accepted by the Courts.
- Treatment Alternatives to Safe Communities (TASC) Model Programs report5,378 placements and 4,234 successful completions.

For additional information, please contact Yvonne Behan at Yvonne.Behan@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5153.

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3. Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II (J-SOAP-II) Training – The Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) is very pleased to announce six regional training sessions on “Youths Who Sexually Offend: Good Assessments Guide Effective Case Management”. This training will include the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II (J-SOAP-II) and Dynamics of Juvenile Sex Offending. The J-SOAP-II is an empirically informed guide for the systematic review and assessment of a uniform set of items that may reflect increased risk to reoffend. This training will provide participants with a better understanding of the diversity among youth with illegal sexual behavior. Attendees will learn about risk assessment challenges and useful strategies. Participants will get practical experience scoring the J-SOAP-II accurately, and will learn to use the J-SOAP-II appropriately to facilitate successful case plans. This workshop is for probation officers, supervisors and administrators, as well as treatment providers and other professionals involved in the management, treatment and community supervision of juveniles and young adults who sexually offend. The six regional training sessions will be offered as follows: Orange County, Monday, April 25, 2011; Albany County, Tuesday, April 26, 2011; Onondaga County, Thursday, April 28, 2011; Monroe County, Friday, April 29, 2011; New York City, Tuesday, June 14, 2011; Suffolk County, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Laura Zeliger at (518) 457-5275 or Laura.Zeliger@dcjs.ny.gov.

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4. Probationer Employment Increases in 2010 Annual Plans recently submitted to OPCA by local probation departments contain end of year probationer employment data. The 2010 employment data have been compiled and are posted on the OPCA website at http://www.dpca.state.ny.us. According to the report, 63.4% of adult probationers identified as employable were working, an increased rate over reported 2009 probationer employment at 61.5%. Overall employment as a percentage of all adults under community supervision per the Integrated-Probation Registrant System remained steady at 45%. The numbers are commendable given the very challenging economic environment. OPCA is committed to working with probation departments and alternatives to incarceration programs in providing tools to assist individuals under supervision obtain quality employment. OPCA continues to train probation and alternative to incarceration professionals as Offender Workforce Development Specialists who are able to conduct cognitive groups for offenders using the New York State job readiness and retention curricula Ready Set Work! and Retention Counts! For additional information, please contact Cynthia.Blair@dcjs.ny.gov.

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5. Probation Officers Successfully Complete OPCA’s Fundamentals of Probation Practice – The OPCA Fundamental of Probation Practice (FPP) curriculum was recently completed by 22 probation officers representing 14 county probation departments from across New York State. This evidence-based curriculum was accredited by the American Probation and Parole Association in 2008 and 2011 and it incorporates proven recidivism reduction strategies and caseload management techniques that are helping to make New York State one of the safest in the country. For additional information, please contact Kathi Pallotta at (518) 485-5157 or Kathi.Pallotta@dcjs.ny.gov.

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6. OPCA Adds Plain Clothes/Off Duty Survival to Peace Officer Training – OPCA recently added a two hour module on Plain Clothes/Off Duty Survival to the Peace Officer Training program for new probation officers. This new material was based on the training curriculum developed by DCJS, the NYS Task Force on Police-on-Police Shootings report, independent research, as well as input from the field and the NYS OPCA Training Committee. This module was recently delivered for the first time and it generated considerable discussion among new officers who have already encountered or been made aware of scenarios where safety was compromised. Participants responded with overwhelmingly favorable evaluations of this new module. For additional information, please contact Kathi Pallotta at (518) 485-5157 or Kathi.Pallotta@dcjs.ny.gov.

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7. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~ The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit grant applications for projects that will support local juvenile justice systems' efforts to match the level and type of system involvement with the objective risk and need level of each child at the outset of a youth’s juvenile justice involvement. Funding available under this RFP will support juvenile justice system reforms that both:

  1. Prevent any juvenile justice system involvement for low risk youth who have committed minor offenses by responding to arrests of low risk, low offense severity youth through diversion strategies that do not include juvenile justice system sanctions or the potential for the imposition of juvenile justice system sanctions for failure to comply with referrals to social service supports and
  2. Provide low risk youth who have committed more serious offenses, moderate risk youth, and high risk youth who have committed minor offenses, with interventions and services that hold them accountable for the harm they have caused and provide effective services targeted to reduce their risk of recidivism outside of the formal adjudicatory process in Family Court.

Applicants must be a unit of local government and proposed reform efforts should be integrally connected to front end juvenile justice system functioning at law enforcement, probation intake, probation adjustment, the presentment agency, and/or the family court processes available to refer a case back to probation for adjustment. Applicants are encouraged to partner with community-based providers to access services for youth and their families, as needed and appropriate. Approximately $1 million in federal funding from the Title II Formula Grants program and approximately $550,000 in Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program is available; grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded to local projects that reduce unnecessary penetration of youth into the juvenile justice system. Please see the DCJS website for a complete copy of the RFP, www.criminaljustice.ny.gov or call (518) 457- 3670 for more information.

~ The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will be holding two forums to present innovative ways to provide early intervention to young offenders who are at high risk for ongoing delinquency. The two symposia will discuss Juvenile Assessment Centers (JACs) as a potential front end juvenile justice system reform that can help communities throughout New York State handle juveniles in more cost effective ways. Juvenile Assessment Center models from Miami-Dade, Fl; Chicago, IL; Connecticut and Colorado will be presented to provide insight on how to address the early stages of delinquent behavior by doing assessments and referrals to service providers at a central location upon initial arrest. The first presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 12th, at the Nassau County Police Headquarters, 1490 Franklin Ave in Mineola. The second presentation will be on Wednesday April 13th, in the Storer Auditorium at Onondaga Community College, 4941 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Both meetings will take place from 10:00a.m.-1:00p.m., however, participants are asked to check in at 9:15a.m. DCJS encourages members of law enforcement, probation, presentment agencies, other court officials, mental health providers, schools and community-based not-for-profit agencies to attend. Registration is free. Please register for this event either by calling the DCJS Juvenile Justice Unit at (518) 457-3670 or at:

~ The Sage Colleges and the Graduate School of Health Sciences will host Beyond The Secret: Identifying And Responding To Child Sexual Abuse on Tuesday, April 12th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Sage College of Albany Gymnasium, Albany, NY. For additional information, please contact: diefew@sage.edu RSVP: (518) 292-8615.

~ The American Probation and Parole Association recently developed a Resource Kit to help agencies celebrate this year's Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week set for July 17-23, 2011. The theme this year is Creativity in Times of Crisis to highlight how community corrections agencies strive to provide assistance to those under supervision, while keeping communities safer by monitoring their behavior, all while seeing shrinking budgets and higher caseloads. The Resource Kit is available at: http://www.appa-net.org/eweb/Resources/PPCSW_11/

~ 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 Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center and the SUNY School of Criminal Justice will be hosting the 10th Annual Michael J. Hindelang Lecture presented by David Garland, Professor of Sociology & Law, New York University and acclaimed author of Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm at the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, Uptown Campus, University at Albany. A panel discussion, led by criminal justice experts, will be held after the lecture and a reception will follow. For more information, please contact Giza Lopes at (518) 591-8715 or email lopes.giza@gmail.com.

~ The Middle Atlantic States 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. This year, the NYS Probation Officers Association will conduct their annual conference jointly with MASCA. OPCA is pleased to continue its support of the NYSPOA, an important training program, by offering scholarships to counties in support of registration costs.

~ 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 NYS DCJS Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse (MECC) was established within DCJS in 1987 and operates in accordance with the NYS Executive Law. In addition to offering assistance with cases involving children (under age 21 pursuant to the Federal version of Suzanne‘s Law), pursuant to the "NYS Campus Safety Act of 1999" assistance is also provided in cases involving missing college students (regardless of age.) Services generally fall into three categories MECC: support services for law enforcement, assistance provided to left-behind family members and community education programs.

  • Operate the 1-800-FIND-KID hotline (365 days/year; 24 hours/day.) In addition to case intake, lead information received on this line is immediately disseminated to investigating police agencies.
  • Assists police agencies and parents in searching for missing children.
  • Co-coordinators of the NYS AMBER Alert Program
  • Operate the DCJS Missing Child/College Student Alert programs.
  • Administers the statewide missing/unidentified person repository. In addition to searching for investigative purposes (i.e., matching missing and unidentified person entries), information contained in this database is used to "flag" missing child birth and educational records (as mandated by law).
  • Presents online safety programs at schools and to other groups; presents missing child investigative training and develops/distributes investigative procedures and guides.

For additional information, please visit Missing Persons Clearinghouse or call 1-800-FIND-KID or email missingchildren@dcjs.ny.gov

~ The Allegany County Probation has recently joined the ranks of Genesee and Schuyler county probation departments that publish an online list of individuals with probation warrants. Director Robert Starks indicated, “Primarily, the list was added to alert the public and law enforcement that these people are being sought. There may be another benefit in the case of someone who owes restitution.” To view this warrant list, please visit www.alleganyco.com click on the “Probation” link and then click “Warrants.” For additional information, please contact the Alleghany County Probation Department at (585) 268-9370.

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8. Quick Facts: The crime of strangulation was added to the New York State Penal Law on Nov. 11, 2010. Since implementation, there have been 2,003 arrest events for strangulation through February 22, 2011 in which a suspect was charged with strangulation either at the time of arrest or arraignment. To view the full report, please visit: http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/pio/research-update-strangulation-apr2011.pdf

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