Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA)

OPCA is committed to improving practices that promote public safety, ensure offender accountability, provide restitution to victims and reduce recidivism. OPCA provides the tools necessary to enable local jurisdictions to make the best use of their staff and programs. The programs funded through OPCA enhance New York's criminal justice and juvenile justice policies and offer specialized services that are supported by research including employment, training, and treatment - all of which substantially contribute to successful and longstanding outcomes.

What's New...

December 16, 2014
State Director's Memorandum #2014-6 – "2014 Semi-Annual Leandra's Law Status Report" – Issued November 26, 2014
Attachment – IID Total Program Report thru September 2014
December 16, 2014August 28,2014
State Director's Memorandum #2014-4 – "DWI Risk and Need Assessments" – Issued August 26, 2014
Attachment – 2014 Summary of Alcohol-Related Risk Assessment Instruments
August 20, 2014

State Director’s Memorandum #2014-3 – “Statewide Probation Restitution and Financial Obligations Survey and Report 2010-2013/Updated Results”– Issued August 20, 2014
Attachment - Financial Obligations 2010-2013

July 9, 2014
In February of 2014, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the Court of Appeals outlined in the Annual State of the Judiciary Address , a “Comprehensive Plan for DWI Cases”. The plan called for specialized training for superior and city court judges who would handle DWI cases in their counties.  In the Spring of 2014, The Office of Court Administration—Office of the Chief of Strategic Planning organized three regional trainings that were held in Brooklyn, Albany and Rochester, where more than 250 judges were trained in all aspects of the DWI case. OCA requested that DCJS Deputy Commissioner and Director Robert M. Maccarone  provide training on the Role of Probation in managing the DWI offender under supervision. The presentation helped to illustrate to those judges present the extremely important role that probation officer play in the supervision of DWI offenders and in maintaining highway and community safety.
July 1, 2014
Assessment of Pretrial Services in New York State – July 1, 2014 - The New York Association of Pretrial Service Agencies (NYAPSA) collaborated with the United States Department of Justice - Bureau of Justice Assistance to conduct this study which included a survey of probation, pretrial service programs, and judges, and holding three regional focus groups. The Office of Court Administration assisted with the review of the survey and its distribution to Judges. The DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives provided support and technical assistance to this project and the Office of Justice Research and Performance provided technical assistance in reviewing the initial survey design.
April 14, 2014
State Director's Memorandum #2014-2 – "Leandra's Law" — Reform and Ignition Interlock Program Plan Updates – Issued April 14, 2014
March 11, 2014
2014-2015 Probation Plan and Application. Applications are due to OPCA on or before April 25, 2014.
February 25, 2014
2013 Year End Training Report
December 23, 2013
State Director's Memorandum #2013-16 – "Notice of Adoption/Rulemaking – Amendments to Part 348 of Title 9 NYCRR" – Issued December 23, 2013 – Effective January 8, 2014. (Attachment – Rule Text)
July 23, 2013
DCJS submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with respect to amendments of 9 NYCRR Part 348, DCJS’s Probation Case Record Management Rule (See proposed rule text). These proposed changes in this area are consistent with good professional practice and are in the best interest of the state and local government since they address and optimize public and victim safety, promote great offender accountability, facilitate better communication by probation departments, clarify certain constraints in law, and establish appropriate safeguards to guarantee more uniform application. Formal notice, along with a summary and other pertinent documents will appear in the State Register on August 7th and there will be a 45 day public comment period. Any public comments should be submitted no later than Monday, September 23, 2013 to DCJS Assistant Counsel Linda J. Valenti at DCJS, Alfred E. Smith Office Building, 80 South Swan Street, 8th Floor, Albany, NY 12210 or to her email address, linda.valenti@dcjs.ny.gov
July 19, 2013
NEW – Save The Dates – Bidder’s conferences to be held regarding Alternatives To Incarceration - 2013-14 Competitive Requests for Proposals (RFP) Scheduled to be released week of July 22, 2013
June 28, 2013
Amendments to Request for Applications CJS 2012-03: Provision of Ignition Interlock Services in New York State
May 24, 2013
Statewide Probation Restitution and Financial Obligations Survey - 2011, 2012 and First Quarter of 2013

Attachment - Probation Restitution and Financial Obligation 11-12-13 YTD

Attached please find the results of the Statewide Probation Restitution and Financial Obligations Survey, which includes local and statewide totals of restitution, DWI supervision fees, court-ordered fines, penalties, fees, and surcharges collected by probation departments for 2011, 2012 and the First Quarter of 2013. Local Probation Departments in New York State and several designated agencies collected nearly $5M in victim restitution, over $1.4M in DWI supervision fees, and nearly $1M in court-ordered fees, fines, and penalties during the period January 1 to March 31, 2013.
May 20, 2013
State Director's Memo #2013-10 - “Roadside Stop - Probation/Parole Inquiry Response Program” - Issued May 20, 2013
May 13, 2013
DCJS presentation provided to The New York Association of Drinking Driver Programs on May 9, 2013 in Saratoga, New York.

State Director's Memo #2013-8 - "Leandra’s Law" - Status Report on Implementation – Issued May 10, 2013
April 26, 2013
ATI Programs continue to provide critical services to New York State's criminal justice system by providing cost-effective programs that reduce unnecessary reliance on local and state incarceration, reduce recidivism, promote public safety and assist individuals change their lives to become productive residents of our State. Highlights of the 2012 Reports include:
April 15, 2013
DCJS presentation provided to Alternatives-to-Incarceration (ATI) community on April 11, 2013 in New York City.
March 25, 2013
2013-2014 Probation Plan and Application. Applications are due to OPCA on or before May 6th, 2013.
March 25, 2013
2012 Alternatives to Incarceration Annual Report
March 21, 2013
NEW YORK STATE “LEANDRA’S LAW” ADVISORY #2013-1 - Probation and Monitors of Ignition Interlock Devices – Reporting back to the Court and District Attorney
March 19, 2013
Ready, Set, Work! 2012 information is now available. 486 individuals under probation supervision, in ATI or Probation Violation Residential Center programs completed this job readiness curriculum last year. 264 of the Ready, Set, Work! enrollees obtained employment within 90 days for an employment rate of 54%. Read More »
January 29, 2013
December 21, 2012

Request for Applications CJS 2012-03: Provision of Ignition Interlock Services in New York State

Please read the below statement regarding the Ignition Interlock RFA:

In the “Application Questions” section of the current RFA, question eighteen (18) states that responses be submitted using Attachment A.  However the specified attachment should not be used in reference to question 18.  Instead, Attachment A1 should be used for Ignition Interlock Device Information: Description Requirements and Fee Structures for each device.  A copy of Attachment A1 is located in the link below.  Most importantly, manufacturers must submit an Attachment A1 for each proposed device/model.  Due to the need for submission of Attachment A1, and the recent move by the NYS Division of Criminal Justices Services, the deadline for contract submissions by manufacturers has been extended until Friday, January 11, 2013.  The RFA may be submitted to: Kim Szady, Director of Financial Administration, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Finance, 10th Floor,  Alfred E. Smith Building, 80 South Swan Street, Albany, NY 12210.  Any and all questions should be addressed to DCJSProcurement@dcjs.ny.gov    Questions not submitted to the proper address will not be answered.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation. 

Attachment A1

November 5, 2012
Director's Memo 2012-19 – “Leandra’s Law” - Status Report on Implementation – Issued November 5, 2012
September 5, 2012
The 200 Percent of Poverty Alternatives to Incarceration Request for Applications is now available and open for applications. The deadline for application submissions is 3:00pm, Wednesday, September 19, 2012. Note: You must include the 'Milestones, Outcomes and Costs' (Attachment C) with your application, in addition to the budget included in the GMS budget tab.

Answers to the program related questions, accepted via email until August 27th, 2012, regarding the 200 Percent of Poverty Alternatives to Incarceration RFA are available here.
August 14, 2012
Director's Memo 2012-14 – “Leandra’s Law”−Status Report on Implementation – Issued August 14, 2012
August 13, 2012
POA Conference - Photos and presentations
August 13, 2012
200% of Poverty Request for Proposals (RFP)
DCJS has issued a RFP for Alternative to Incarceration programs to work with individuals who are under criminal justice supervision within the community or recently released from correctional facilities, including county and local facilities. Program participants are to be the custodial or non-custodial parents or adult relative primary caretakers of minor children with family incomes that do not exceed 200% of the annual federal poverty levels. Up to approximately $1,150,000 will be available to support contracts with a maximum one year value of $200,000 to not-for-profit organizations or units of local government in New York State.

Programs will promote job readiness, placement and retention, measured at 90 and 180 days. Child support compliance is also targeted to promote job retention and family ties through assumption of familial responsibilities. The engagement of the offender and re-establishment of familial responsibility and support can result in significant cost savings through foster care avoidance, as well as return of dependent children from foster care. Utilization of the NYCOMPAS risk and needs assessment is required as is the provision of cognitive behavioral programming to address criminogenic needs. Applicants must obtain a letter of support from the Chairperson of the County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board or Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

All applications are to be submitted on GMS and are due no later than 3:00pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
June 5, 2012
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: DCJS has submitted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making with respect to DCJS’ Probation Supervision Rule (9 NYCRR, Repeal of Part 351, add new Part 351) to the Department of State. The Notice will be published in the State Register on June 20, 2012. There will be a forty-five (45) day official public comment period commencing on the date of official publication in the State Register. For a copy of the rule text, click here. Please submit any comments regarding this rule change by close of business Monday, August 6, 2012 to the attention of DCJS Assistant Counsel Linda Valenti at 4 Tower Place, Albany, New York 12203-3764 or to her email address at linda.valenti@dcjs.ny.gov.
June 4, 2012

Director’s Memorandum 2012-9 - "Leandra’s Law" Status Report on Implementation

May 22, 2012
Ignition Interlock Device Vendor Reports as of March 31, 2012.
May 22, 2012

NEW YORK STATE THIRD ANNUAL IGNITION INTERLOCK QUALIFIED MANUFACTURERS MEETING

 
 

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