Division of Criminal Justice Services

Happy Holidays and welcome to the 4th issue of DPCA's eFocus, an electronic newsletter from the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. As part of DPCA's goal to promote and facilitate probation services and other community corrections programs,  DPCA will e-publish this brief publication summarizing and highlighting appropriate information to the community corrections community.

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eFocus, Issue 4, December 19, 2002

NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives

Sara Tullar Fasoldt, State Director

Robert Maccarone, Executive Deputy Director



1.     What was the recidivism rate of participants in our probation and other community corrections programs? How much have we saved counties and the state in actual incarceration costs?  Answers to these questions and more are necessary so as to assure our credibility, our growth, and ultimately our funding.  DPCA has recently moved toward standardizing the agency's Annual Plan application and quarterly reporting forms for all five of the ATI program models in an effort to identify program outcomes.  Focus groups of all five ATI program models (Defender-Based Advocacy, Community Service, Pretrial, Specialized, and Alcohol and other Drug programs), as well as, the TANF for Community Corrections programs were recently held to review and comment on these proposed requirements.  The meetings were well received and program representatives asked that they be convened more regularly to provide an opportunity to share information. Thank you for your comments, contributions, and support in this process.  For more information contact Pamela Derrick, Community Corrections Representative III, at 518-485-5153 or derrick@dpca.state.ny.us.


2.   Bringing Criminal Justice Information Closer to You:  Beginning in 2003, all probation departments and community correction programs funded through DPCA will be required to obtain the technology necessary to receive and transmit information electronically.  DPCA is in the process of re-creating its forms for this purpose.  Programs will also be required to access the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services' (DCJS) Secure Services.  Secure Services is part of the eJustice initiative and is an effort to provide automation and integration to the criminal justice community of New York State.  It includes such projects as: criminal history migration project, support services, sex offender registry, crime mapping, mugshot initiative, and the probation automation project, to name a few.  The cost is nominal, and, like the purchase of the necessary computer and software, can be purchased as part of your contract with DPCA.  Programs requesting Secure Services must be a criminal justice agency and complete an application and review process.  For additional information please contact Walter Cogswell, Community Corrections Representative II at (518) 485-5162 or wcogswell@dpca.state.ny.us.


3.   All probation departments will shortly receive the newly designed and standardized Annual Probation Program Plan and Application for State Aid.  The State Aid Application is due back to DPCA by February 3, 2003 and the Program Plan is due back to DPCA by March 3, 2003.  The Client Data System (CDS) and Probation Workload System (PWS) will also need to be reconciled as part of the package. 

     ATI Service Plans and applications for Article 13A funded programs were sent to advisory boards this week and are due back on February 15, 2003.  The Juvenile Intensive Supervision Programs (JISP) applications were sent out on December 17, 2002 and are due back by February 17, 2003.  Applications for TANF Programs were also sent out this week and are due back by January 15, 2003.

     Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) plans will be sent out by January 15, 2003 and are due back to DPCA by February 15, 2003.  Probation Eligible Diversion (PED) programs will continue with their same programs (as operated during 2002) for the first quarter of 2003 and then a new program model will be implemented in cooperation with probation departments.  Additional information will be included in subsequent issues of eFocus.


4.     DPCA and members of the New York State Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NYAPSA), who make up the Pretrial Standards Committee, will meet on January 6, 2003. DPCA representatives are Robert Maccarone, DPCA Executive Deputy Director, Linda Valenti, DPCA Counsel, and Pamela Derrick, DPCA Community Corrections Representative.   NYAPSA members include: NYC Criminal Justice Agency Representatives Jerome McElroy and NYAPSA President Peter Kiers; Anne Mangeri, Pretrial Services Institute of Westchester County; Patrica Aikens, Albany County Probation; Trey Lockhart, Wayne County Pretrial; Wayne D'Arcy, Rensselaer Pretrial and NYAASP (New York Association for Alternative Sentencing Programs) President; Mary Ellen Still, Dutchess County Probation; Brian Conners, Suffolk County Probation Expediter Program; and Barbara Darbey, Monroe County Pretrial Services.    Please contact Robert Maccarone at rmaccarone@dpca.state.ny.us or Peter Kiers at (646) 213-2508 or pkiers@nycja.org for additional further information.


5.   Many probation departments will be happy to learn that DPCA has recently finalized a DCJS grant to continue with the COMPAS/Prober Integration project.  The integration will begin the process of implementing the automated pre-sentence investigation report.  The COMPAS/Prober Integration project will allow for a cross-walk between the two automated systems so that offender-based demographic and case management information will be connected automatically to case level risk and needs assessment information.  For more information contact Pamela Derrick, DPCA Community Corrections Representative III at (518)485-5153 or derrick@dpca.state.ny.us.


6.   DPCA is very pleased to announce that a two-day Probation Executive Leadership Training Program designed for probation agency heads and their leadership team members will be held at DPCA at 80 Wolf Road in Albany on January 16 & 17, 2003.

     This advanced leadership session targets new directors and those likely to become agency directors, as well as others (such as deputy directors) whom agency heads rely on to carry out policy decisions.  Important topics such as Budget and Fiscal services, an up-to-date presentation of state rules and regulations, and the Annual Probation Program Plan will be covered in depth. A number of other topics such as Automation, Peace Officer Policies, and Critical Incident Management will also be offered. If you would like to attend, please contact Steve Powers at (518) 485-5149 or powers@dpca.state.ny.us

     Please note that the program has been scheduled to begin immediately after the January COPA Executive Board meeting on the 16th.


7.   DPCA hosted a National Institute of Corrections Regional training for Agency Training Directors/Coordinators in Albany, NY from December 9th through 12th, 2002.  There were 28 participants representing probation, parole, sheriff's, and corrections departments.


8.  Updates on personnel, address and contact information: Heather Valentine, Executive Director of the Wayne County Pre-trial program retired effective December 1, 2002. Trey Lockhart is the new Executive Director.


    Please contact Yvonne Behan at ybehan@dpca.state.ny.us or at (518) 457-5275 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.


Yvonne J. Behan
Community Corrections Representative
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
80 Wolf Road
Albany, New York  12205
(518) 457-5275