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eFocus, Issue Number 52, February 13, 2007
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, State Director
Thomas H. Slater, Executive Deputy Director
Laura Bauer, Editor
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue
1. “New York COMPAS” Training Commences
2. License Event Notification Service LENS
3. Instructor Development Course Offered by DPCA
4. DPCA Issues Two Requests for Proposals
5. Offender Workforce Development Specialists Team Trains in New Mexico
6. Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Project, Free Training for Counties
7. Police Response to Violence Against Women Project, Human Trafficking Initiative
8. Center for Court Innovation Research Available, Impact of Community Court Model
9. Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Program in the News
10. Awards and Events

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1. The New York Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions, COMPAS, a validated risk/need assessment is available to probation departments and ATI practitioners- DPCA is pleased to announce the availability of the New COMPAS and its accompanying guidance regarding effective implementation. “New York COMPAS” has now been refined with the assistance of a statewide workgroup of probation practitioners is validated for use in New York State and will now be referred to as the “New York COMPAS”. To initiate probation department or agency set-up, DPCA will need contact information of the person who will be primarily responsible for bringing the department on-line and who will be the agency contact person. Please provide Walter Cogswell, at walter.cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us, with the name and full contact information (address, phone, fax, and e-mail address) of your department’s designated contact person. Please contact Walter if you should have any questions at (518) 485-5168. Probation Directors have been advised of the statewide regional training to commence later this month. The “New York COMPAS” will soon incorporate a feature that formats a draft pre-sentence investigation report (PSI) which can then be individualized by the PO for court.

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2. License Event Notification Service (LENS) is now available in 32 Probation Departments- License Event Notification Service (LENS) is offered free of charge to government agencies by NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. LENS provides probation departments with critical information about the driving records of probationers. LENS automatically notifies the department or probation officer of driver license events upon the conviction of an infraction anywhere in New York State. LENS also provides a way for probation departments to monitor the New York driver license records of probationers who drive and/or have travel restrictions. Probation departments across the state including New York City, Ulster, Schenectady and Fulton counties report success with this valuable monitoring tool. They intend to expand their data base to include all probationers under their supervision. To learn more about LENS, please contact Ronald Bergstrom, DPCA CCR I, at Ron.Bergstrom@dpca.state.ny.us.
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3. DPCA announces Instructor Development Course (IDC) to be held in Albany, slots available- DPCA Training Director Kathi Pallotta is pleased to announce that DPCA will be sponsoring an 80-hour Instructor Development Course on March 19th – 30th, 2007. The IDC course is being offered to probation officers across New York State to address the growing need for General Topics Instructors within the field of probation. Participants will be required to pass two written tests and successfully deliver a 50 minute presentation. Those staff completing the course will be certified as General Topic Instructors by the Division of Criminal Justice Services Office of Public Safety. For registration information, contact Carolyn Temple at (518) 485-2400 or Carolyn.Temple@dpca.state.ny.us.

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4. DPCA Issues Two Request for Proposals- DPCA has announced a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the operation of a specialized project to provide targeted services within New York City (NYC) for Supervision and Treatment of Specialized Offender (SATSO) Populations in NYC. Request for Proposals (RFP) A second RFP is available for outside of New York City, Services for a Shared Population: Defendants and Offenders with Mental Illness Request for Proposals (RFP) The deadline for submission on both proposals to DPCA is 4pm Eastern Standard Time, Thursday, March 15, 2007. Follow the links provided or visit the DPCA website for more details.

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5. Offender Work Force Development Team Goes to New Mexico- Teams from New York City Probation, including Associate Commissioner Lorene Gilmore a Suffolk County Probation Department Representative have attended their first week of the NIC Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) training in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This intensive 3-week training qualifies them to assist individuals who have criminal records with making informed decisions relative to job and career choices based on (1) their abilities, aptitudes, and interests and (2) information relevant to today’s job market. Once certified the group will become part of the New York State DPCA team lead by Cynthia Blair, DPCA Community Corrections Representative II, and will implement the probation “Pathways to Employment” Program.

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6. Specialized Training by the Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Project (PDVIP) is offered free of charge. The PDVIP has partnered with the NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, The NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence and with DPCA to create several products currently being used as national models for working with cases that have a domestic violence component. Basic and advanced training will be offered to localities in the Nature and Dynamics of Domestic Violence as it pertains to probation work. Twenty nine counties across New York State have already taken advantage of this opportunity. To schedule training for your county, contact Mike Thomas at 585-753-2915 or mthomas@monroecounty.gov.

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7. Police Response to Violence Against Women Project, Human Trafficking Initiative- The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IASP) is working to educate local law enforcement officers through the creation of a guidebook titled the Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide to Identification and Investigation and the production of an accompanying training video. These tools inform officers how to identify and respond to property investigation cases of human trafficking. To receive a free video with discussion guide for your agency contact stopviolence@theiacp.org. The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services also has copies of the video available for lending through the Media Resource Library. For a copy please visit http:www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ops/mrc/index.htm. For more information about other IACP Violence Against Women initiatives, please visit www.theiacp.org/search
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8. Center for Court Innovation releases new research entitled The Impact of the Community Court Model on Defendant Perceptions of Fairness- This study examines defendant perception of fairness at the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn and documents the importance of clear communication in the courtroom and the critical role of the judge in shaping defendants’ experiences. It also recommends concrete steps that courts can take to help defendants feel they are being treated fairly. To download a copy of this study, visit http://www.courtinovation.org/_upoads/documents/Procedural_Fairness.pdf. Should you have any questions about the Center or its work contact Michael Rempel, Research Director, at rempelm@courtinnovation.org or 212-373-1681.

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9. Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Program in the News - DPCA funded work-readiness program featured in Fox 5 News- On January 16, 2007, Fox 5 News visited Midtown Community Court to report on the unique work done by the court and the programs. The news report particularly focused on Times Square Ink, a work-readiness program currently funded by the NYS DPCA, and included an interview of a female graduate of the program whose life, both personally and professionally, served as a true testament to the work done at Midtown Community Court. Serving as a problem-solving model, Midtown Community Court offers a support system for offenders while trying to achieve the delicate balance of justice and second chances. On January 17, 2007, Midtown Community Court was presented the Golden Scroll Award at the 92nd Annual Awards Luncheon of the Broadway Association Michael Stengel, Vice Chairman of the Association.

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10. Awards and Events

~Please join DPCA in congratulating Yvonne J. Behan who has been promoted to Community Correction Representative III. Yvonne has been with DPCA since 2000 where she worked in the TANF Bureau and the Juvenile Justice Unit and most recently the Training Unit. She will now serve as the manager of the Alternatives to Incarceration Unit and the Interstate/Intrastate Probation Transfer Unit for Adult and Juvenile Offenders. Prior to coming to DPCA, Yvonne was the Executive Director of the New York Association for Alternative Sentencing Programs (NYAASP). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the State University of New York at Albany.

~Onondaga County Probation Officer Richard Brooks receives 2007 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Service Award for Onondaga County. Officer Richard Brooks was presented with this award on January 15, 2007 by Onondaga County Executive, Nicholas J. Pirro. Probation Officer Brooks was the 2005 founder of the Faith Hope Community Center. He also founded the martial arts group the Syracuse Spitting Cobras and is a top martial arts instructor. Officer Brooks joined the Onondaga County probation department in 1977.

~Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) training offered- NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) in cooperation with NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA) and DPCA is sponsoring a free six-hour training on (FASD) and their effects on juvenile justice clients. This training will be held in several regions of the state. Seating is limited at each session. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Ms. Judy Murphy-Jack, preferably via email judymurphyjack@oasas.ny.gov or by phone (518) 457-4384. A confirmation will be sent to you prior to the training date you selected.

~The Elmira Symposium for Community Corrections will be held April 19, 2007 at Elmira College Elmira, New York- The topic of this years’ symposium will be Suicide Awareness,
Strategies for Staff, Friends and Family. Featured speakers will be Eric Weaver, Retired Police Sergeant with the Rochester Police Department, Brian Hart, Chemung County Director of Community Services, and Scott Forbes, Director of the Chemung County Mental Health Crisis Program. Registration will be held in the lobby of the Gibson Theatre. Registration Fee: $75.00 Professional, $55.00 Student or Spouse-Partner. A Continental breakfast will be served, along with a buffet lunch for attendees.

~David Nemec Retires- On January 26th, Broome County Probation Director David Nemec was honored on the occasion of his retirement after serving 40 years. Congratulations David!

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