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eFocus, Issue Number 97, June 30, 2011
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue:

1. Four Individuals Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Community Corrections
2. 200% of Poverty Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Summary Report 2009-2010
3. OPCA Supports Evidence-Based Cognitive Behavioral Programs for Offenders
4. New Preliminary Procedure for Juvenile Delinquency Intake
5. OPCA Releases “Leandra’s Law” Status Report on Implementation
6. Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS) Training
7. Shared Services Alternatives to Incarceration Summary 2009-2010
8. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
9. Quick Facts

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1. Four Individuals Honored for Outstanding Contribution to Community Corrections – Onondaga County Probation Officer Kristen Jackson received the 2011 Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer. Orleans Probation Director Lucille Taylor-Welch; Carol Ludwig, retired commissioner of the Department of Social Services; and current DSS Commissioner Thomas Kuryla shared the 2011 Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Probation and Social Services. DCJS press release
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Pictured above left: Onondaga County Probation Officer Kristen Jackson received the 2011 Award
for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer from DCJS-OPCA Deputy Commissioner and
Director Robert M. Maccarone and DCJS-OPCA Executive Deputy Director Thomas Slater. Above
right: Orleans Probation Director Lucille Taylor-Welch; Carol Ludwig, retired commissioner of the
Department of Social Services (not pictured) ; and current DSS Commissioner Thomas Kuryla
shared the 2011 Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Probation and Social Services.

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2. 200% of Poverty Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Summary Report 2009-2010 – OPCA has released a summary report for 200% of Poverty ATI contracts for 2009-2010, summarizing aggregated and program specific accomplishments. Enrollments for these performance-based contracts totaled 1,740 individuals who were the custodial or non-custodial parents or adult relative primary caretakers of 2,846 minor children. Seven hundred forty-nine (749) participants achieved successful program completion as determined by the criteria established for each of the contracts. Employment results were significant again in 2010 with 777 jobs reported. Ninety-day employment retention was reported at 382; with 180-day retention, at 239. Two hundred ninety-six (296) parents initiated or resumed payment of child support obligations during 2010 subsequent to program enrollments. These numbers, in combination with the jobs obtained by participants, represent increased community ties and a significant contribution to familial well-being, leading to improved public safety for all New Yorkers. To view the full report, please visit: http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/statistics.htm. For additional information, please contact Bernard Wilson at Bernard.Wilson@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5137.

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3. OPCA Supports Evidence-Based Cognitive Behavioral Programs for Offenders – The NIC Thinking for a Change (T4C) is one of the nationally recognized cognitive behavioral change programs that target many of the major criminogenic need areas and challenges identified in our offender populations. This program has proven to be effective with both the adult and juvenile offender populations. Since 2008, OPCA has trained more than 150 community corrections representatives from 42 different probation departments, ATI programs and other community organizations to be Thinking for a Change facilitators. Probation Supervisor Barbara Cervasio from the Schenectady County Probation Department and a trained T4C Facilitator said the Thinking for a Change Program Curriculum helps provide the medium for probation officers to establish trust and rapport that is necessary for the probationer to achieve behavioral change. To view the full report, please visit http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/pdfs/t4cfacilitatorsummaryjune2011.pdf. To learn more about this program, please contact Nancy Andino at Nandino@probation.nyc.gov or (718) 876-7658.

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4. New Preliminary Procedure for Juvenile Delinquency Intake – OPCA has submitted a Notice of Adoption for the addition of Part 356 with respect to Preliminary Procedure for Juvenile Delinquency Intake and technical amendments to its general Intake rule Part 354 to Title 9 NYCRR. These regulatory changes are consistent with the promotion of professional standards and evidence-based practices which govern administration and delivery of probation services in the area of intake (preliminary procedure) for family court involving any alleged Juvenile Delinquent (JD) matter. This rule adoption will take effect on September 1, 2011. To view the rule text, please visit http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/index.htm. For additional information about these changes, please contact Patti Donohue at Patricia.Donohue@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5160.

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5. OPCA Releases “Leandra’s Law” Status Report on Implementation – A total of 3,912 Ignition Interlock Devices have now been installed in motor vehicles “owned or operated” by persons convicted and sentenced for misdemeanor or felony DWI crimes in New York State since the implementation of “Leandra’s Law” on August 15, 2010. Statistical reports relating to the installation of IIDs in New York State as reported by county probation departments and monitoring agencies are available for the periods January 1 - March 31, 2011, and August 15, 2010 - March 31, 2011 referred to as the Year-To-Date (YTD) Report. To view these reports, please visit http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/index.htm. For additional information, please contact Mark Pisano at Mark.Pisano@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-7731.

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6. Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS) Training – OPCA is pleased to announce a new round of LiveMeeting training on the Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS). This training will be a useful refresher for experienced personnel and valuable for new staff that are learning to use ICOTS. The training will be similar in format to what OPCA offered two years ago, but with a special emphasis on what we can all do to resolve issues identified in the recent ICOTS audit. The remaining topics and dates are as follows: Session 2: ICOTS Functions on Thursday June 30, 2011 10am-12pm; Session 3: Retakes/Extraditions/Probable Cause Hearings Thursday on July 14th, 2011 10am-12pm; and, Session 4: Recent Rule Changes, General Information and Review on Thursday July 28th, 2011 10am-12pm. For registration details and additional information about this training, please contact Shaina Kern at Shaina.Kern@dcjs.ny.gov.

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7. Shared Services Alternatives to Incarceration Summary 2009-2010 – OPCA has released a summary report for Shared Services contracts for 2009-2010. These contracts address adherence to court mandates and recovery for individuals with mental illness, including those with co-occurring substance abuse disorders under criminal justice supervision. Enrollments during the year totaled 338 individuals with 285 of the participants identified with co-occurring substance abuse disorders. A total of 180 participants successfully completed their programs as determined by the criteria established for each of the contracts. To view both reports, please visit http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/statistics.htm. For additional information about this program, please contact Bernard Wilson at Bernard.Wilson@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5137.

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8. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~ DNA originally collected by the Ulster County Probation Department recently linked an offender to a two-year-old burglary cold case. Once the forensic connection was identified, detectives with the Ulster Police Department contacted the Greene County Probation Department where the defendant was being supervised on unrelated charges. Detectives worked closely with probation officials to facilitate an interview and under police questioning, the defendant admitted that he had broken into the home. He was subsequently charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, a class C felony and sent to the Ulster County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

~ Greene County Probation Department recently worked with the county sheriff’s department and information technology specialists to develop and launch a Most Wanted website for the county. Probation Director Alan Frisbee reported that this initiative was inspired in part by recent eFocus articles about new probation department Most Wanted websites in other jurisdictions. In addition to enhancing offender accountability, it is hoped this website will increase the awareness of local citizens regarding the significant role probation has in managing risk and maintaining public safety. Please visit: http://00644c9.netsolhost.com/department/sheriff/MostWanted.htm.

~ Members of the Chautauqua County Probation Department, Jamestown Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department, New York State Police, and the New York State Liquor Authority conducted an Operation IMPACT detail last month. The detail was aimed at ensuring offender compliance with court-ordered conditions of probation. During the detail, officers checked 43 locations, including 13 liquor establishments within the city of Jamestown and town of Ellicott. Evidence of several violations of probation was collected and documented. Sex offender compliance with conditions and address reporting requirements were verified and various civil authorities were contacted about dangerous living conditions encountered by the detail. Probation Director Linda Shields reported that this type of effort also helps probation officers employ graduated sanctions when a formal violation of probation petition is not warranted. Director Shields indicated that probation’s participation in this detail helped forge new relationships and enhanced collaboration with other agencies resulting in better system-wide communication.

~ Members of the Genesee County Probation Department, Batavia Police Department, Genesee County Drug Task Force, Genesee County Sheriff's Department, and New York State Parole participated in a Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) detail last month. Forty-two probation contacts were conducted by teams of probation officers and members of the Batavia Police Department. The operations resulted in several weapons and drug-related arrests.

~ The Schenectady County Probation Department began investigating a cluster of four suicides by young women two years ago. In collaboration with the County Office of Community Services, probation officers and other Suicide Contagion Team partners fostered the development of an emergency response system. They also established clinical teams, and created suicide intervention and training systems. Several suicide attempts and contemplations of suicide were revealed and throughout the process, probation was actively involved in building the intelligence network needed to prevent additional suicides and assist law enforcement with ongoing investigations. Connections between these tragic events were closely examined and it was soon discovered that all of the victims were involved with a local gang and had endured significant emotional, physical and sexual abuse by gang members. With the assistance of probation officers assigned to the FBI Gang Task Force, information was developed over the last year and a half that resulted in the arrest last month of 35 gang members who were charged with various crimes under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) statute.

~ The Rensselaer County Probation Department submitted a DNA sample to the Subject Index following the arrest and conviction of Michael Mosley for assaultive behavior against his partner. The investigating Probation Officer diligently determined Subject Index DNA collection was appropriate and included it as a recommended condition of Mr. Mosley’s probation. Mosley was formally sentenced to Probation Supervision on November 10, 2009 and soon afterwards the supervising Probation Officer collected a DNA sample and sent it to the NYS DNA Databank Subject Index. A preliminary DNA match in an open double homicide case was made. Investigators sought and received continued interagency collaboration that culminated in the dismissal of charges against two men and the arrest of Mr. Mosley for the murders on June 14, 2010. Mr. Mosley was ultimately tried and convicted of Murder 1st degree and Burglary 1st degree for the 2002 murders of eighteen-year-old Arica Lynn Schneider and twenty-seven-year-old Samuel “Frost” Holley on June 2, 2011.

~ The Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC) has introduced FOCUS, The Newsletter of New York City Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities (TASC). It is a monthly electronic newsletter designed to communicate with EAC stakeholders and partners in the criminal justice, substance abuse, mental health and public policy communities. The most recent edition speaks about the use of evidence-based practices, including the use of cognitive behavioral interventions as clinical case management tools. NYC TASC programs are currently utilizing the innovative interventions: Lifestyle Change Journaling and Thinking for a Change (T4C). To subscribe to this newsletter, please send an email to tchandler@nyctasc.org.

~ The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced the opening of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program application period. Through the BVP Program, states, units of local government, and tribal governments are reimbursed up to 50 percent of the cost of each unit of eligible body armor purchased for law enforcement officers. The BVP application period is open until July 7, 2011. Only applications submitted through the electronic BVP System will be eligible for consideration. For additional questions regarding the BVP application process, visit www.ojp.gov/bvpbasi or contact BJA at vests@usdoj.gov.

~ The American Probation and Parole Association recently developed a Resource Kit to help agencies celebrate this year's Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week set for July 17-23, 2011. The theme this year is “Creativity in Times of Crisis” to highlight how community corrections agencies strive to provide assistance to those under supervision, while keeping communities safer by monitoring their behavior, all while seeing shrinking budgets and higher caseloads. The Resource Kit is available at: http://www.appa-net.org/eweb/Resources/PPCSW_11/

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9. Quick Facts: Over 200 probation officers and treatment professionals were trained by Dr. Susan Righthand, researcher and author of the J-SOAP II, a juvenile risk assessment instrument for juveniles and young adults who sexually offend. OPCA conducted 6 regional trainings throughout New York State, utilizing funds provided through the federal grant Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management.

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