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eFocus, Issue Number 54, March 30, 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. Proposed PINS Intake Rule sent out for comment.
2 Probation’s Record DNA Collections Reduce Crime and Prevent Victimization
3. DPCA Announces Regional PINS/JD Forums
4. New York State Task Force on Juvenile Justice Indicators Releases Report
5. NY COMPAS Training Commences
6. Caseload Explorer Web-Training Continues
7. DPCA Launches First Instructor Development Course
8. Awards and Events

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1. Proposed PINS Intake Rule is sent out for comment. - Draft Rule Part 357 of Title 9 NYCRR-Preliminary Procedure for Article 7 NYS PINS Rule has been released for comment by probation professionals. The PINS Workgroup produced an impressive draft document that contemplates the recently revised PINS Law (2005) and incorporates the principles of Evidence- Based Practice. Please provide comments by April 6, 2006 to Norma.Tyler@dpca.state.ny.us and copy Linda.Valenti@dpca.state.ny.us. The professional review process will run through May 4, 2007 and include a meeting with the members of the COPA PARC Committtee. DPCA will subsequently proceed with formal rule-making.

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2. Probation’s Record DNA Collections Reduce Crime and Prevent Victimization – DNA samples collected by probation officers since 2000 have been linked to 18 homicides and 240 other violent and sexual crimes. During the last 12 months, probation departments have collected a record 27,500 DNA samples from probationers. A large proportion of the DNA sample collections have occurred since the passage of the newly expanded DNA Law, effective June 23, 2006.

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3. DPCA Announces Regional PINS/JD Forums – DPCA is convening three regional forums to provide counties the opportunity to discuss County PINS and JD initiatives, OCFS/DPCA PINS Plans and MOU approval process. The regional forums will include a panel on the proposed PINS Intake Rule, and the planned JD Intake Rule Revision process (Part 354) in 2007. Meetings will be held: Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 80 Wolf Road, Albany, 4th Floor Training Room; Wednesday, May 9, 2007, Orange County Mental Health Department, Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY; and Thursday, May 10, 2007, Ontario County Public Safety Training Center, 2914 County Road 48, Canandaigua, NY. Each meeting will be held 10am to 3pm, with a working lunch provided by DPCA. Please register by contacting Patricia.Donohue@dpca.state.ny.us by April 20, 2007.

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4. New York State Task Force on Juvenile Justice Indicators Releases Report - The New York State Task Force on Juvenile Justice Indicators has just released Widening the Lens: A Panoramic View of Juvenile Justice in New York State, which includes the state’s first-ever set of multi-agency juvenile justice indicators. The report focuses on key indicators in five central areas of the juvenile justice system — arrest, referral to court, detention, court processing, and disposition — which provide insight into how state and local juvenile justice systems operate and how local systems compare across county lines. The Vera institute has made this report available on their website as well at www.vera.org/section5/section5_events.asp

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5. New York COMPAS Statewide Training Commences – DPCA’s consultant Northpointe, Inc. has trained nearly 118 probation officers from 48 departments in the use of the New York COMPAS risk and need instrument. The series of trainings were conducted by Northpointe staff and addressed material oriented toward the construction, statistical underpinnings, configuration, interpretation, and application of the new instrument. More than 120 trainers have been signed on to the New York COMPAS test site and will be transferred to the actual production site during the next four weeks. In addition, the four beta-test counties (Nassau, Ulster, Delaware and Montgomery) have assisted in developing a prototype of pre-formatted presentence investigation report that will be produced from the risk and needs instrument. For more information please contact Walter Cogswell at Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us

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6. Caseload Explorer Training Continues – Automon, Inc. continues its series of monthly webtrainings. The “live meetings” are held on the third Wednesday of each month @ 1:00 PM EST. Each session focuses on a different aspect of the Caseload Explorer Application. Future trainings are scheduled as follows: April 18th - Client and Associate Functionality; May 16th - Case Attributes and Functionality; June 20th – Tasks and Events; and July 18th – Word documents and mail merge. Please contact Walter Cogswell with any questions at Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us.

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7. DPCA Launches First Instructor Development Course (IDC) – DPCA, with guidance of the Statewide Training Committee, has produced its first IDC for probation officers. The IDC course enables probation professionals to utilize their broad knowledge of the criminal justice field and to develop advanced skills for teaching adult learners. Training probation professionals in the IDC is an important component of our statewide training strategy. It strengthens the infrastructure for all future probation training and enables us to advance the practice. Eleven probation officers representing five departments will become certified trainers, and be available to assist in the delivery of Probation Training programs across the state. These Probation Officers are Jennifer LeGere, Laura O’ Melia, Karen Osborne, Nicole Yaggle, Kim Huening, Darlene Paolini, Aileen McAree, Richard Cain, Jimmy Duque, and Judy Sage. DPCA is pleased to have offered this course to probation professionals interested in providing quality training in New York State.

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8. Awards and Events ~ A Probation Field Intelligence Officer (PFIO) Round Table Discussion has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 2007, 10am to 1pm at DPCA, 80 Wolf Road, Room 404. The topic is “The Role of Probation in Sharing Intelligence”. Probation departments have requested the opportunity to discuss probation’s role in sharing intelligence with other law enforcement agencies and over 40 officers have registered to participate in this discussion. We expect that this discussion will result in the development of policy guidance for probation departments and the role of the probation field intelligence officer. Please contact Gary.Govel@dpca.state.ny.us with questions.
~ The Nassau County Probation Gang Unit recently assisted in the apprehension of a probationer/murder suspect, who is a known member of the Crips Gang. In October of 2006, a member of the rival Bloods Gang, was shot and killed in Roosevelt, Long Island. Senior Probation Officer John Totora, assigned to the department’s Warrant Squad and the federal Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force, located the probationer in Raleigh, North Carolina, and arrested him on March 6, 2007.
~ The First Annual New York Statewide Conference on VINE (Victim Information Notification Everyday) will be held on April 27, 2007 at the Holiday Inn, Wolf Road in Albany. This event is being hosted by the NYS Sheriffs’ Association Institute, Inc. Conference registration will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Program speakers will include: Pat Bryon, mother of the murder victim, Mary Byron; Mike Davis, creator of the VINE Service and President of APPRISS, Inc., and Anne Seymour, A National Crime Victim Expert. A panel of Crime Victims will discuss how VINE has assisted them. For conference registration information, please contact Irene Colwill at 518-434- 9091or icolwill@nysheriffs.org. The registration deadline is April 5, 2007.
~Tool Kit for Creating Your Own Truancy Reduction Program Now Available. – A Kit to create a truancy reduction program is available at http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/publications/truancy_toolkit.html, through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. This tool kit outlines critical components of truancy programs such as family involvement, use of incentives and sanctions, developing a support network, and program evaluation. The tool kit examines the legal and economic implications of truancy and provides recommendations to courts, schools, State lawmakers, and researchers for addressing this issue.
~ National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 22-28, 2007 - During National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Capital District Coalition for Crime Victims’ Rights, Inc. will dedicate a brick memorial walkway. Memorial bricks may be purchased and dedicated on behalf of Crime Victims. The Dedication Ceremony is scheduled for April 28, 2007, at 1pm, at the NYS Crime Victims’ Memorial, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY. Please see the CVB website at www.crimevictim.org for more information on events being held during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.
~ The Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Announces a Special Presentation by Jonathan Simon, Associate Dean, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program, Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley, who will discuss “Governing Through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear”. John Jay College of Criminal justice will host this special presentation as part of their Occasional Series on Reentry Research on Friday, April 13, 2007, 8:30 am to 10:00 am at 899 Tenth Avenue (between 58th and 59th Streets) Room 630, New York, NY. Contact Nicole Lindahl at 646-557-4534 or nlindahl@jjay.cuny.edu .

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