On March 22, 2017, the “Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2017” passed the House Judiciary Committee. This closed a statutory "loophole" which previously did not include an authorization under 18 U.S.C. §§ 3154 and 3603 for probation officers to supervise civilly committed sexually dangerous persons who had been granted conditional release. The following was posted on the JNET.
Did you know that FEDS LEOSA coverage was created in response to concerns initially brought about by probation and pretrial officers? In 2011, FEDS received calls from officers concerned that agency authority would not extend to actions after hours if the need arose to protect themselves or their family. For the next 18 months, the FEDS staff studied LEOSA laws and liability exposure with the help of the leading attorneys in LEOSA-related casework, as well as the authorities and policies of active federal law enforcement officers across the government.
Washington, D.C.—Today, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017—a bill that will protect probation officers and enhance their ability to do their job by giving them authority to arrest a third party who forcibly interferes with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties.
“This commonsense, bipartisan legislation helps to ensure that federal probation officers have the proper tools and authority necessary to protect themselves from hostile individuals who may attempt to harm them or otherwise interfere while they perform their important work,” Senator Hatch said. “This bill also supports our men and women in law enforcement by freeing up precious time and resources for the local police, who will no longer need to accompany and provide backup for probation officers. Because many states already grant state probation officers authority to arrest third parties who forcibly interfere with an officer’s performance of his or her official duties, it only makes sense to give federal probation officers the same authority.”
Open until filled; applications received by February 24, 2017 will receive priority consideration. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.
This position is open to all sources, including transfers within the Judiciary. Interested applicants must submit a cover letter of interest which explains why you have chosen to pursue a career as a U.S. Probation Officer, and what knowledge, skills and abilities you will bring to the position to benefit the Court and the Probation Office for the District of Rhode Island.
Download the Vacancy Announcement PDF here for details and how to apply.
2017 has brought some changes to the board of the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association (FPPOA): new board members and a new enthusiasm. So often you hear, “We need you as a member,” and so many times we as a board hear “what is FPPOA doing?” Well, here is what is actively going on right now.
Extensive planning for the 2017 FPPOA National Training Institute (NTI) to be held at the Omni Orlando Championsgate in Florida from August 20 to 23 (you’re going to want to attend this event!); development of a survey to seek line input on the duties of our job, to be communicated to the AO for the next work membership study; attendance of FPPOA board at Probation Officer Advisory Group (POAG) meetings and Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)/National Institute of Corrections meetings; Line Officer of the Year presentations in the various regions; research on various issues related to officer duties; gathering of information related to officer wellness and stress reduction; and more.
Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities (Competitive Grant Announcement)
The Smart Supervision Program provides grants and assistance to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes to develop and implement more effective and evidence-based probation and parole practices that effectively address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism.
The goals of the Smart Supervision Program are to develop and test innovative strategies and implement evidence-based probation and parole approaches that improve supervision success rates, thereby increasing community safety and reducing violent and other crime, reducing admissions to prison and returns to prisons and jails, and ultimately saving taxpayer dollars.
Download PDF - https://www.bja.gov/Funding/smartsupervision17.pdf
N-DEx is an unclassified national information sharing system that enables criminal justice agencies to search, link, analyze, and share local, state, tribal, and federal records.
- No fee
- Available 24/7
- Easy web-based access
- N-DEx contains incident, arrest, and booking reports; pretrial investigations; super-vised released reports; calls for service; photos; and field contact/identification records.
N-DEx complements other well-known FBI systems, such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), Interstate Identification Index (III), and Next Generation Identification (NGI) that provide critical information to the criminal justice community. The information that would not be contained in those systems, i.e., incident and case reports, full Department of Justice (DOJ) case files, and corrections data, is available in N-DEx. N-DEx fills information gaps and provides situational awareness.
Registration for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) 2016 Virtual Conference: Leading with Innovation is free and now open https://www.nicvirtualconference.com/LoginUser.aspx
We at NIC are invested in breaking down traditional barriers to conference attendance, while offering workshops on current and emergent correctional topics.
There are many benefits to online learning -- saving costs and time, networking, convenience, and real-time and ongoing access 24/7!
Attending the virtual conference can satisfy both your personal and professional goals for learning more about the innovative practices occurring in the corrections field.
By joining us on November 9, you will:
- experience multiple workshops sessions;
- have the ability to interact with your peers and presenters via LiveChat, discussion forums and virtual information booths;
- and attend an interactive plenary session;
- all from the comfort of your desktop computer / laptop or smart device!
REGISTER NOW and receive weekly updates on speakers, topics and how to make the most of the virtual conference portal!
From all of us at NIC, we look forward to your participation on November 9, 2016!
Join the CCCN for a live webinar highlighting: Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Program
Date: September 23, 2016
Time: Please note webinar start time/your time zone
9:00-10:30am HST / 12-1:30pm PST / 1:00-2:30pm MST/ 2:00-3:30pm CST / 3:00-4:30pm EST
Target Audience: Criminal justice professionals and organizations, community-based providers, and those interested in learning more about and / or replicating the HOPE model.
The Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN) will be hosting a live webinar event with our federal partners and national and local experts to highlight Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), a collaborative strategy among the court, probation, prosecutors, defense, law enforcement and community treatment providers to effect positive behavioral changes in probationers. HOPE was first conceived of by Judge Steven S. Alm of the O’ahu First Circuit and began as a pilot program in 2004. The HOPE strategy targets higher risk/higher needs offenders, utilizing swift, certain, consistent, and proportionate consequences for non-compliance with probation conditions while maintaining a working alliance with the offender by both the probation officer and the judge.
Within the framework of the National Institute of Corrections’ eight evidence-based principles for recidivism reduction, HOPE assists offenders in the change process in a caring and supportive environment to help probationers succeed on probation and in life. While seemingly a simple theoretical model, HOPE is hard to do, and requires shared leadership within the criminal justice system. Research has shown that the HOPE strategy, when done with fidelity, can be highly successful and is inspiring like efforts in thirty-one states across the country. The CCCN believes that individual jurisdictions can adopt the swift and certain philosophy while modifying it to fit the needs and resources available in local communities. Our network is committed to identifying promising and innovative practices and promoting the use of evidence-based practices.
An Opinion Survey of the Community Corrections Collaborative Network: Where the Community Corrections Field Is Going and What It Needs to Get There
In 2014, a network of membership associations that represent community corrections practitioners—the Community Corrections Collaborative Network (CCCN)—surveyed their memberships to gauge opinions about the state of the field. The survey sought to identify what community corrections practitioners believe are the significant issues and opportunities facing the field. CCCN’s goal with the survey is to bring a fresh perspective about where the field needs to go and what community corrections will need to get there, and allow those engaged in the national criminal justice reform debate to hear directly from those working with most people under correctional control. This survey is the first to ask those employed in community corrections their opinions about the field’s priorities. As such, the survey focuses on issues that relate to the direction community corrections is taking, the influence policymakers and the public have in determining that direction, and the resources needed to address new and anticipated priorities. The survey also provided CCCN an opportunity to determine if it is working on policy and issue areas that association memberships consider priorities Results show that the field embraces key elements of the new approach CCCN says the field needs to take: Key benchmarks include increasing reliance on evidence-based practices, research and data driven approaches. The survey results show strong support for a field that prioritizes innovation, systems change, collaboration and training.