Division of Criminal Justice Services

Welcome to eFocus, an electronic newsletter produced by the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA). As part of DPCA's goal to promote public safety through probation services and other community corrections programs, it publishes this newsletter. We welcome your suggestions.

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eFocus, Issue Number 39, September 20, 2005
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert Maccarone, Acting State Director
Yvonne J. Behan, Editor
Visit the DPCA website at http://www.dpca.state.ny.us

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1. DPCA continues “Employment Matters” training across NY
2. Probation’s Role in Current Criminal Justice Trends – Statewide Symposium
3. 2nd Group of Newly Hired Probation Officers to attends new Fundamentals
4. Operation Predator News
5. Local Conditional Release Law sunsets; function reverts to Parole
6. Updated Information Now Available on Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY
7. Change in how DPCA receives Probation Workload Reports
8. Resources, Information and Upcoming Trainings

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Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Bill Keenan, former Director of Cattaraugus County Probation Department, who passed away in August. Bill Keenan retired in December 2000 after serving 17 years as Director of the Cattaraugus County Probation Department.

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1. DPCA continues “Employment Matters” training across NY - New York’s Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) team conducted its first “Employment Matters” training in Monroe County for Monroe and surrounding counties on July 18th. Other counties represented were Allegany, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Yates. Sixteen probation officers and nine One Stop partners attended this session conducted by the six member OWDS team. The New York State OWDS team is Cynthia Blair (DPCA), Elaine Kost (NYSDOL), and probation officers Matt Charton from Albany County, Anna Angell Neustat from Dutchess County, Rochelle Cohen Lempert from Monroe County and Judy Sogoian from Schenectady County. Another “Employment Matters” session will be held on Monday, September 19th, in Dutchess County. “Employment Matters” is specialized training to help probation officers and other offender service providers in efforts that enhance public safety and lower recidivism by helping probationers obtain and retain quality employment.

Schenectady, Albany, and Dutchess Counties have Ready, Set, Work! groups for probationers up and running. Monroe County will begin its first Ready, Set, Work! group on September 21st. Ready, Set, Work! is a job readiness group tailored to the needs of probationers. Probation officers facilitate the groups and work closely with the local One Stops by either using One Stop facilities or touring the One Stop as part of the training. For more information on the OWDS team and hosting an “Employment Matters” or Ready, Set, Work! Session, please contact Cynthia Blair, DPCA Community Corrections Representative II at (518) 457-0501 or Cynthia.blair@dpca.state.ny.us.

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2. Probation’s Role in Criminal Justice: What Works, What Doesn’t and How to Remedy the Issues - Statewide Symposium for Probation Directors to be held in October - Last year’s statewide Symposium for Probation Directors, was the largest gathering of Probation Directors from across New York State in many years. DPCA has worked with the Council of Probation Administrators (COPA) in responding to requests to continue this educational tradition and valuable management development tool. This year's Symposium will be held October 26th-28th. Dr. Edward Latessa will present the opening session on “What Works”. Sessions on Fiscal Responsibilities and Challenges, the management of sex offenders, and a professional development session on the “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for Law Enforcement Professional” are also included. This dynamic course is based on the best selling business book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Participants in this course have experienced a transformation that fosters greater productivity, increased influence in key relationships, stronger team unity and life balance. For additional information contact Yvonne Behan, DPCA Community Corrections Representative II at (518) 485-5157 or Yvonne.behan@dpca.state.ny.us.

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3. 2nd Group of Newly Hired Probation Officers to Receive new Fundamentals Training – Twenty five probation officers from across New York will attend the newly developed Fundamentals of Probation Practice (FPP) training in September. This training is based on What Works, current criminal justice trends and official probation practice according to NYS Rules and Regulations. This class of FPP begins today, September 19th, and runs through 23rd. The second week runs September 26th through 30th. All probation officers are required to complete Fundamentals training as part of their entire Peace Office training certification. The newly developed FPP training is the result of collaboration between DPCA, the Council of Probation Administrators, the Probation Officer’s Association, probation officer focus groups and members of the Statewide Training Committee. In addition to delivering this new FPP training to officers, DPCA is in the process of developing similar training for supervisors in the topics delivered to newly hired PO’s. Additional FPP classes are scheduled for November 2005 and January 2006. Please contact Kathi Pallotta, DPCA Community Corrections Representative II and Acting Training Director at (518) 457-4336 or Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us for additional information.

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4. Operation Predator News - Rockland County Probation Assists in Round-up and Arrest of Seven Sex Offenders in New City, Spring Valley and Suffern – A three-month investigation of child predators and sex offenders by more than 20 officers or agents from Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Rockland County Sheriff's Department, the Rockland County Probation Department and the Spring Valley Police Department resulted in the recent arrest of sex offenders. All but one of the men was convicted for offenses in Rockland; the seventh was convicted in Pennsylvania. The detainees were taken to an ICE detention facility in New Jersey where they were held without bond pending deportation hearings. One of the seven men was arraigned in federal court in White Plains on a false statement charge relating to his naturalization application. Since the Operation Predator program started in July 2003, more than 6,000 people have been arrested nationwide, including foreigners and U.S. citizens. Of those, more than 2,100 have been deported. The top 10 arrest states have been Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Texas. To report possible suspicious activity involving crimes against a child to Operation Predator, call 866-DHS-2ICE toll-free.

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5. Local Conditional Release decision making and supervision returned to authority of NYS Board of Parole and Division of Parole (DOP) - Article 12 of the Correction Law and the related provisions of the Penal Law changed on September 1, 2005 - As of September 1, 2005 all decision making with respect to individuals eligible for local conditional release, as well as the supervision of those released, will return to the New York State Board of Parole and the Division of Parole (DOP) respectively. For additional information on Probation’s role regarding this transfer of responsibilities, please see DPCA State Director’s Policy memorandum #2005-07 dated August 11, 2005 which is available on eJusticeNY’s Probation Services Suite. Should you have additional questions pertaining to local conditional release and the transfer of the function to parole, please contact Tim O’Brien, Assistant to the Director of Operations at the Division of Parole at (518) 473-5574. Thank you in advance for your past and present cooperation in this important transfer of functions between local and state government.

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6. Updated Information Now Available on Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY –The Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY provides access to documents, forms, reports and other information of interest to probation practitioners across New York State. The Suite represents the value of collaboration which is necessary to enhance public safety by improving data management and sharing through electronic methods, and by expanding available resources through collaboration. Recent updates to the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY include:

~Three charts representing Probationer Cohort Recidivism Data for Probationer Felony Arrests Following Sentence for the period through July 31, 2005. The three charts detail recidivism among felony and misdemeanor probationers for New York City, Non-New York City and Statewide Jurisdictions. DPCA intends to share this data on a quarterly basis with probation directors as well as posting it to the Suite.

~DCJS Felony Defendant Processing Flow and Time reports. These reports are run by the county for use by probation directors in examining the disposition of felony indictments, sentencing trends, etc. They are very informative in demonstrating the time frames for these activities.

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7. Effective immediately, all monthly Probation Workload Reports (DPCA-30 and 30a) in electronic format should be e-mailed to the following e-mail address:


Having a mailbox dedicated to receiving these statistical reports will help ensure that they are accounted for and processed in a timely manner. Reports that are e-mailed need not be sent in hardcopy. If your department cannot produce these reports in electronic format, hardcopies should be mailed or faxed to Walter Cogswell, DPCA Community Correction Representative III, NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, 80 Wolf Road, Suite 501, Albany, NY 12205-2604, fax: (518) 485-5159.

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8. Resources, Information and Upcoming Trainings:

~ Mary Winter, Commissioner of the Onondaga County Probation Department, has been appointed by Governor Pataki to serve as a member of the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Advisory Board. Congratulations Commissioner Winter. The Board is well served to have you as one of its members.

~ Tioga County Probation Department has a new address – 20 Court Street, Suite 1, Owego, NY 13827. The telephone, fax machine numbers and email addresses remain the same.

~ Madison County Probation Department Director James Ryan has retired and Jill Moore is now Acting Director. Her email address is jill.moore@co.madison.ny.us.

~ All the phone numbers in Monroe County have recently changed. The number for Monroe County Probation Department Administrator Robert Burns is now (585) 753-3765 and his fax number is (585) 753-3552.

~ The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Offers Enhanced Model Programs Guide - OJJDP's expanded online Model Programs Guide helps communities find evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that best suit their needs. The guide is located at http://www.ncjrs.org/html/ojjdp/news_at_glance/210414/topstory.html.

~ Building Community Trust in a Diverse Post-9/11 Environment – This program examines the changing role of criminal justice professionals in a post-9/11 world. This training is held at the New York Tolerance Center, a dynamic facility located in mid-town Manhattan, modeled after the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. In the first year of training, the New York Tolerance Center has served over 1500 members of the criminal justice system, including the NYPD, NY State Troopers, NYC Sheriffs, Department of Investigation, Parks Rangers, District Attorneys, Probation, and Corrections. Training will be held on various dates from September through December 2005. There is no fee. The program is completely grant-funded, at no cost to your agency. A lunch-stipend is provided for all New York State law enforcement professionals as well as reimbursement for travel expenses. For further details or to reserve space in a program, please contact the New York Tolerance Center, Joe Johnson, Project Coordinator, at (212) 697-1180 or jjohnson@swcny.com.

~ APPA Teleconference - The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) to present Stalking: Living in the Shadow of Fear - September 22, 2005 from 2:30 to 4:00 PM EDT. This training event is delivered via audio teleconferences/webcasts and allows participants to “attend” the training from their offices by connecting through a telephone for the audio portion and simultaneously viewing PowerPoint slides presented on the Internet. Using a speaker phone and a shared computer, several staff at the same location can view the presentation together. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Linda Sydney at lsydney@csg.org or 829-144-8192.

~ "Integrating Treatment of Individuals with Co-Occuring Disorders" - This one day conference will be held on Friday, October 14, 2005 in Newburgh, NY, and features Kenneth Minkoff, M.D. The cost is $35. Six credentialing hours are available. For more information contact Laura Brovich at (845) 858 7137.

~Traumatic Brain Injury Program 12th Annual Training Symposium – The Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Training Symposium will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2005 from 8am to 5pm. A Training & Technical Assistance Day will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2005, from 9am to Noon. For additional information, please call Laura Roe at 518-474-6580 or e-mail Laura Roe at lar04@health.state.ny.us or Pat Gumson at prg01@health.state.ny.us.

~Breaking Cycles of Harm: Victims' Needs, Offenders' Responsibilities, Community Empowerment – This conference will be held on Friday, September 23, 2005 at the St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Attend to learn about the STAR program (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) and how restorative justice breaks cycles of violence and trauma within and outside the criminal justice system. For additional information, visit www.flrjc.org or call (518) 473-0970.

~ Officer Safety: Safety in Search and Seizure - A Two-Day Skill-Based Training for Probation and Parole Officers to be held from October 25-26, 2005 in White Plains, NY - Enrollment is limited! - The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is pleased to present Officer Safety: Safety in Search and Seizure, a two-day technical and interactive training seminar for probation, parole, and community corrections professionals. Officer Safety: Safety in Search and Seizure looks at the special issues surrounding searches conducted by parole, probation, and community corrections officers. This training provides the most current legal and tactical information regarding search and seizure. Due to the highly technical instruction, seminar participation will be limited and selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee for this two-day specialized training is: $385 for APPA Individual or Agency Members- $425 for Non-members. For more information visit http://www.appa-net.org.

~ Women, their Children, and the Criminal Justice System, An Evidence-Based and Promising Practices Symposium – Former DPCA State Director Sara Fasoldt introduced keynote speaker Stephanie Covington, Ph.D. at the June 6th Symposium on Women and the Criminal Justice System. Dr. Covington’s keynote was entitled “Gendered Justice: Women in the Criminal Justice System.” The symposium was held at the John Jay College and featured a variety of workshops ranging from research-based approaches to occurring disorders, how to address trauma issues, and meeting the needs of children. Greenhope Services for Women, Inc, a substance abuse rehabilitation program for women and the EAC Women’s Opportunity Resource Center (WORC) were both featured as part of a presentation on Promising Programs and Practices.

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eFocus is the property of DPCA. Articles may be reprinted with attribution to the Division. For more information on any of the topics mentioned above, to report any difficulties you may have experienced receiving this email, or, if you have information you would like posted in the next issue of DPCA's eFocus, please contact Yvonne Behan at (518) 485-5157 or at yvonne.behan@dpca.state.ny.us. The eFocus is now distributed to well over 3000 community corrections professionals across New York State. You may receive more than one copy if your name and email address appear on different criminal justice and community corrections mailing lists. If so, please e-mail Yvonne Behan with the name you would like removed from distribution.