Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

New York State
Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor
Anthony J. Annucci, Acting Commissioner

Contact: Thomas W. Mailey
Office of Public Information
(518) 457-8182
Thomas.Mailey@doccs.ny.gov
www.doccs.ny.gov

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Monday, July 24, 2013

ANNUAL PAROLE MEMORIAL CEREMONY MARKS
PRETRIAL, PROBATION AND PAROLE SUPERVISION WEEK

Event honors parole officers who died in the line of duty

ALBANY –Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has issued a proclamation designating July 21-27, 2013 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision week, recognizing the men and women who monitor offenders under supervision, and face dangers daily in ensuring public safety.

As part of this special week, Assistant Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Mary Kavaney, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci, Board of Parole Chair Tina Stanford and Robert M. Maccarone, Director of the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives at the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), gathered today at the New York State Parole Officers Memorial for a ceremony honoring parole officers who have died in the line of duty and to recognize the key role community supervision professionals play in keeping New York’s residents safe.

Dedicated in 2002, this is the eleventh anniversary of the Parole Memorial which is located at the Empire State Plaza, honoring 7 officers who died in the line of duty.

Since 1841, the practice of pretrial, probation and parole supervision has played a vital role in New York State’s criminal justice system. These professionals are a critical part of the public safety system, supervising more than 200,000 people in New York State on community supervision who are monitored by parole officers and other community supervision professionals. Monitoring may take the form of home contacts, drug testing, ensuring the offender attends counseling sessions and assisting offenders to find suitable housing and employment. In addition, many officers also supervise offenders using electronic equipment, which requires expert knowledge of emerging technologies.

Community supervision professionals diligently work in identifying community-based programming, improving service delivery, advocating for graduated sanctions, successfully reintegrating offenders back into society through state and/or local re-entry strategies, facilitating reunification with and support of families and offering support and assistance to crime victims. Through early intervention, advocacy, timely enforcement and admonition and advice, these professionals are important role models and a true force of positive change within their communities who make a significant difference in the lives of countless individuals.

Last year, the 3,100 Probation Officers across New York State supervised 118,000 adult probationers, including 26,000 DWI’s, 5,000 sex offenders and 5,200 offenders convicted of crimes associated with domestic violence. Probation officers also provide an important function in family court, providing intake and referral services and supervising nearly 14,000 juveniles, according to the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, which is part of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

Probation officers supervise DWI offenders sentenced to probation and some individuals granted conditional discharge, who are required to install ignition interlock devices in their motor vehicles under Leandra’s Law. In addition to their supervisory responsibilities, Probation Officers conduct approximately 90,000 pre-sentence investigations each year to assist the courts in making sentencing decisions in family and criminal courts throughout New York State. Community correction professionals, who work for not-for-profit agencies that operate nearly 100 alternatives to incarceration (ATI) programs in the state, also serve approximately 60,000 individuals each year.

DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, “Probation Officers are part law enforcement official, part social worker, but the work they do is 100 percent integral to community safety. Probation Officers hold offenders accountable, reduce re-arrest, promote victim and community safety, and assist offenders so they can work to change their thinking and behavior, resulting in them leading law-abiding and productive lives.”

Added State Probation Director Robert M. Maccarone, who also is a deputy commissioner at DCJS, “Probation officers and community correction professionals in New York State work each day to hold offenders accountable and to help them change their thinking and resulting behaviors in order to protect community safety and prevent victimization.”

“A parole officer plays a vital role in the life of ex-offenders who begin the process of getting their lives back on track,” said Mary Kavaney, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Public Safety. “Every day these men and women provide guidance to formerly incarcerated individuals by steering them towards the right path and helping them become active and productive members of society. I commend every one of them for their strong commitment, dedication, and service.”

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci stated, “Our Community Supervision professionals work hard every day to protect all New Yorkers by helping offenders successfully transition back into the community, and effectively supervising them until their sentences are completed. Today, we pause to honor those dedicated individuals, who nobly served our state, with a tireless commitment, and made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our families and communities safe.”