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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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

THE 13TH ANNUAL PAROLE MEMORIAL CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS
PRETRIAL, PROBATION AND PAROLE SUPERVISION WEEK

Event honors parole officers who died in the line of duty

ALBANY - Assistant Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Mary Kavaney, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci, and Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Deputy Commissioner and State Director of the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives Robert M. Maccarone, 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 residents safe.

In issuing a proclamation, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has designated July 13-19, 2014 Pretrial, Probation and Parole Supervision week, noting that those who supervise offenders are the bedrock of our justice system and instrumental in upholding the interests of justice, and maintaining law and order at state and local levels. Dedicated in 2002, this is the 13th annual ceremony at the Parole Memorial which is located at the Empire State Plaza, honoring seven Parole Officers who died in the line of duty.

The dedicated professionals of pretrial, probation and parole in New York State supervise almost 150,000 offenders. Their supervision work involves a myriad of duties including home and office visits, drug testing, ensuring attendance at any counseling sessions, family reunification, and assisting with the offender's efforts to find employment, thus offering individuals a second chance.

Almost 800 Community Supervision professionals utilize evidence based practices, in addition to their knowledge and experience, to develop the right plan for each of the approximately 35,000 parolees. This plan is designed to give the correct level of supervision and programming for each specific parolee, thus increasing the chances of success in life after incarceration, and decreasing the rate of recidivism in New York.

Nearly 3,000 Probation Officers in New York State supervise 108,000 adult probationers, including 26,000 offenders convicted of DWI, 5,000 sex offenders and 5,200 offenders convicted of crimes associated with domestic violence. Probation Officers also provide essential intake and adjustment services in diverting cases from Family Court, as well as supervising 6,000 juveniles, according to DCJS.

Under "Leandra’s Law" Probation Officers supervise DWI offenders required to install an ignition interlock device in their motor vehicles, and monitor others who are required to do the same while granted a Conditional Discharge. In addition to their supervisory responsibilities, Probation Officers conduct approximately 60,000 pre-sentence investigations each year to assist the courts in making sentencing decisions in family and criminal courts.

Pretrial Service professionals in New York State oversee the pretrial release and supervision of over 135,000 individuals each year, ensuring their timely return to court, while reducing the need for costly jail detention services.

"Parole and Probation Officers continue to play a critical role in maintaining community safety here in New York State," said Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Thomas Abt. "Without them, New York’s national leadership as the safest large state with the lowest levels of incarceration would simply not be possible. Effective community supervision - holding offenders accountable while helping them become productive citizens - is the key to reducing crime while avoiding unnecessary and expensive incarceration. We owe these brave men and women our respect and gratitude."

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci said, "The fact that we have not lost a life in the line of duty since 2009 is both a blessing and confirmation that we have the best, most professional, Community Supervision staff in the country. They work hard, care for and care about the people on their caseload, and they always keep in mind that when they succeed, both the parolees and the citizens of New York State win."

DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, "Probation and Parole Officers play a key role in the criminal justice system. They deal one-on-one with people coming out of New York’s jails and prisons, holding offenders accountable and working to put them on a new and better path to lead constructive lives and to make positive contributions to society. They have a difficult and sometimes dangerous job to do, and we owe them our respect and admiration for doing their job and helping to make New York State a safer place to live."

Added Robert Maccarone, DCJS Deputy Commissioner and State Director of the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, "Probation, Parole and Community Corrections authorities supervise the majority of individuals under criminal justice supervision in New York State. These dedicated criminal justice professionals serve their communities by assisting individuals under supervision to secure employment, maintain and re-establish family ties, and make positive change so they can lead productive and law-abiding lives and contribute to their communities. Probation, Parole and Community Corrections professionals work each day to reduce offender re-arrests and prevent victimization in order to secure and maintain community safety in New York State."