December 2004 - (Download Word version)

Dear Colleagues,

Serving as President of this Association for the past three years has been a highlight of my career. It has been a pleasure to meet so many of you and work for a profession that I love. I am grateful to the countless people who have supported and assisted me during my term.

Please welcome and support your incoming President Mike Torchia as you have me. Mike is a gentleman with integrity and a firm work ethic. He will serve the Association and the profession well. The membership is blessed to have a fine Executive Board, an energetic group of committees, the best Executive Assistant and a loyal Legislative Liaison. They keep the business of the Association moving forward.

I especially want to thank my Director Darrell McGibany and my Chief Judge Edward Ferguson for giving me leave to serve as President. In addition I want to thank my faithful staff at the East Alton Community Corrections Center who endured my absences with equanimity and tended to business without me. They are the best!

Again, thank you for the honor of serving as your President. I will never forget the many kindnesses you have extended to me.

 

Regards,

Linda Van Dyke, Outgoing IPCSA President

 

President’s Message

By the time you receive this message, we will be in the midst of the holiday season. On behalf of the Executive Board, please accept our best wishes to you and your families for a safe and joyous holiday season.

Now, to introduce myself to those who do not know me: I am currently with the Sangamon County Adult Probation Department in Springfield. I have been with the department for nineteen years, working in the capacities of Probation Officer, Intensive Drug Officer, Division Supervisor, Deputy Director and, currently, Director. I have been a member of IPCSA since 1986. I have been actively involved with the Program, Substance Abuse and Chief Managing Officer Committees, served as Co-Chair of the Substance Abuse Committee, and served on the Executive Board in the capacities of Secretary and President-Elect.

As I start my tenure as President of the Association, I would like to take time to express my gratitude to outgoing President Linda Van Dyke. As I am sure you are aware, Linda served as the President of the Association for the past three years. Her dedication and professionalism were evident throughout her tenure, but were especially shown as she successfully achieved a multi-disciplinary conference in Chicago. Not only was this a personal achievement for Linda, but a tremendous step for the field and the Association!

Probably the most pressing issue on everyone’s mind these days is the budget situation that we are all facing. As many of you know, the nation’s economic situation has had a dramatic domino effect on the State of Illinois budget. Our state legislators have been cutting expenses and struggling to find alternative revenue sources. As a result, probation departments are relying on fees and their county government to pick up the shortfall. This may be a temporary solution for some counties; however, others are facing drastic cuts in their budgets and/or workforces. We must not stand silently by as this crisis unfolds. We must continue to advocate for our profession by becoming more involved in our Association; continuing to lobby our state legislators; advocating for ourselves as a public safety entity; implementing evidence-based practices; collaborating with various stakeholders; and publicizing measurable outcomes to support our success in reducing recidivism rates.

Probation departments throughout Illinois are drawing positive national attention for a variety of reasons. With assistance from and support of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, National Institute of Corrections, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Juvenile Justice Commission and other entities, probation departments are changing the face of our profession. We can use this as an opportunity to publicize our changes, our improvements, and the positive impact expected for our communities. This publicity offers the opportunity for support in lobbying efforts and increased grant opportunities – critical keys to our future financial security.

Our Association has not been immune from the budget crisis. As a matter of fact, it has had a dramatic effect on the Association. We have seen reduction in the number of attendees at conferences, a decrease in membership, and an increase in the cost of doing business. The Executive Board has been conscientious about ensuring our financially security. They have been developing ideas to both save money and increase revenue for the Association. It is important that all members do the same.

Needless to say, membership is one our biggest revenue sources. Thus, it is imperative that we seek out new membership, keep current members in the fold, and praise the benefits of IPCSA membership whenever we have the chance. A second opportunity to support the Association is though personal conference attendance, and encouraging the attendance of others. These conferences are also a significant source of the Association’s funds. Whether through conference attendance, volunteerism, or other means, all members are encouraged to become involved in the Association beyond membership. Please consider joining one of our many committees or running for an elected Board position. Always consider how you can more actively participate in IPCSA. We are always looking for new leaders.

Please do not hesitate to let an Executive Board member, including me, know if there are any issues or matters you think the Association needs to address. You can contact me directly at 217-753-6683 or miket@co.sangamon.il.us. The only way we can know what is on your mind is if we hear from you.

Thank you for your membership in IPCSA and your support of the Association.

 

Michael J. Torchia

IPCSA President


Committee Reports


Committees provide numerous functions for the Association. Whether it is developing training, working with vendors, helping with legislation or fundraising, the committees are vital to the future of our Association. It is necessary to receive permission from your Chief Managing Officer to join a committee. Please contact any of the following chairpersons if you want information or would like to join a committee.


Contact Information


President Elect

Sid DeLair

DuPage County Probation & Court Services

 

Statewide Representative

Allen Nance

DuPage County Probation & Court Services

 

Region II Representative

Ken Burn

Whiteside County Court Services


Executive Board Elections


I wish I could start with the good news, but it will have to wait. The Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission, the Legislature’s revenue forecasting agency, predicted recently that for State Fiscal Year 2006 there would only be $325 million new spending available. Unfortunately, there is already more that $600 million in new pension costs for FY 2006, $1.2 billion (yes, that is a “b”) in one-time 2005 revenue that will need to be replaced, and downstate teachers are looking for an early retirement option that could cost another $900 million.

We will be facing another horrendous budget situation next year. And probation fees will continue to be heavily relied on again next year. Also, it is too soon to tell whether sufficient probation fees will be available next year like they apparently were this year.

The recent election will have little impact on the make-up of the General Assembly. The Republicans added one net new member in each chamber. Sadly, a good friend of probation, Sen. Patrick Welch (D-Peru) was defeated. In the Senate, the Democrats will enjoy a 32-27 advantage. In the House, the advantage will be a slightly larger, 65-53.

As most of you know, another good friend of probation, Sen. Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate with over 70 percent of the vote. You should all congratulate yourselves, for what could have been a close race, Sen. Obama’s support among probation officers put him over the top and into the stratosphere.

In a final note, several people in the criminal justice community were unhappy with me over suggestions last Spring that the cuts to probation fees could be utilized, directly or indirectly, to fund the judges’ cost of living increase. I apologize for not having enough information at the time those assertions were made. Based on a meeting I had with AOIC personnel, we were going to be cut, and the cost of living increase was going to be funded. There was not an exact correlation, but it was significant.

The next day, the cost of living increase was removed from the line item for Judicial pay, but our cuts remained. It is still possible to transfer amounts among the line items at any time during the State fiscal year, including our probation fees. We will all have to wait between now and the end of the State fiscal year to see if money has been transferred.


Capitol Report

By John McCabe

IPCSA Legislative Liaison


Committee Reports


Community Service

Committee

 

The IPCSA Community Service Committee will begin meeting again in the Spring of 2005. The committee is accepting new membership of community service coordinators and/or probation officers who have an interest in community issues. The committee has a new Chairperson, Cathy Wizgird, For County Probation and Court Service. For addition information and/or to join this committee, email Cathy at Cwizgird@yahoo.com.

 

Future topics of discussion include:

 

4      Creating a Restorative Community Service Program

4      Satisfying victims of crime

4      Offender integration in to the community through service

4      How to recruit community service sites

4      Liability issues

4      Suggestions for standardizing community service hours ordered

4      Types of available community service (intensive, social, conservation, etc.)

4      Evidence-based community service practices

4      Program evaluation


Day-Evening Reporting Committee

17 Reporting Centers in Illinois

 

The Day-Evening Reporting Committee is pleased to report that there are now 17 reporting centers fully operational in Illinois. In sentencing medium and low risk offenders, juvenile and adult courts are using these types of programs as an alternative to secure detention. These programs are providing excellent supervision of the minors at a fraction of the cost of incarceration and at the same time are providing high levels of safety to the community. It has been this committees pleasure to provide information and materials to counties that now have reporting centers. Additionally, several other counties are in the planning stages for Reporting Centers.

The committee is currently creating a library of program descriptions that will be a valuable source of information for every county in Illinois. It has become a good source to aid in understanding the wide diversity of programming being used in Reporting Centers. If your County would like to add your reporting center program information to our library, please forward it to the chair of this committee.

The Day/Evening Reporting Committee is finalizing the data input from the questionnaires sent out last spring. From the data gathered, a resource manual will be developed. Distribution is planned for the Spring 2005 Conference.

You are invited to join the members of this committee in its efforts to provide information, networking and training to the reporting centers in Illinois. Please feel free to send articles to Ben Manley, Committee Chairman , Sangamon County Juvenile Probation, 2201 South Dirksen, Springfield, IL 62703 . Telephone 217-747-8052, Fax 217-747-8022, or by email at Beniem@co.sangamon.il.us. The committee’s next meeting is February 10, 2005 at the Law and Justice Building in Bloomington at 10:00am.


Detention Committee

 

Efforts are underway to rejuvenate the Detention Committee by acquiring membership representation from all 16 detention facilities in the state. The committee met at both 2004 conferences. Many Detention Committee members, along with various Probation Directors and AOIC staff, were participants at a Juvenile Detention Managers’ Retreat that was held at Starved Rock in January 2004 for the purpose of developing a mission statement and planning for the future of Illinois Juvenile Detention. The retreat was an invigorating experience for participants, and it resulted in the following mission, vision and core values for Illinois Juvenile Detention:

 

Mission

To further justice by providing a safe, caring environment that guides children in our care toward productive, lawful lives, and enhances community safety and well-being.

 

Vision

Minors in the Illinois juvenile justice system are valued as human beings and treated with respect and dignity, their diversity embraced and potential affirmed. Thus, juvenile detention in Illinois has become part of an integrated system of care where…

 

4      Only kids with the highest risk to harm others are detained for as little time as absolutely necessary.

4      Caring, competent, compassionate staff are helping kids build skills for productive, law-abiding lives.

4      Our programming is reducing risk to re-offend, and we can prove it.

 

Core Values

4      Children are our greatest natural resource and represent our collective future.

4      Justice and Public safety are community concerns and can only be achieved through collective and collaborative efforts.

4      In order for a justice system to have integrity, it must be based upon respect for the individual and the understanding that the always present potential for change can only be realized through the building of positive relationships.

 

Following a presentation provided by Steven Kossman at the Spring 2004 Conference, the CMO Committee voted unanimously to endorse the detention mission, vision and value statements as drafted at the January 2004 retreat. The Detention Committee will continue to work to further promote this effort in jurisdictions state wide. Additionally, focus will be placed upon developing training tracks for IPCSA conferences that directly relate to the work performed by juvenile detention staff. Tom Ambrose of UIS Institute for Legal, Administrative and Policy Studies, provided Detention Committee members in attendance at the fall conference with an overview regarding a newly designed on-line training program. Detention officers will be required to complete the program prior to attendance at Detention Basic training. A follow-up meeting between detention administrators, AOIC and Tom Ambrose was held in Springfield on September 13, 2004, and the first on-line class was piloted prior to the Basic training which was held the week of October 4, 2004.

There are numerous issues and initiatives in which the Detention Committee will be involved. During the coming year there will be at least four Committee meetings, two of which will be held in conjunction with the IPCSA conferences and additional meetings in December and June. A meeting will be held the first week of December 2004 at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center, with the specific date to be announced. Anyone interested in joining the committee may do so by contacting Connie Kaiser at 217-384-3780 or ckaiser@co.champaign.il.us.

 

Committee Reports

IPCSA Committees

v      Awards Committee.............................. Sandra DeNicholas (chair)......... DuPage County............ 630/407-8358........ sandra.denicholas@dupageco.org

v      CMO Committee.................................. Kim Becker (co-chair)............... Lee County................. 815/284-5247........ kbecker@leecourt.com

v      CMO Committee.................................. Vince Murphy (co-chair)........... 17th Judicial Circuit....... 815/987-3180........ vmurphy@co.winnebago.il.us

v      Community/Public Service Committee. Cathy Wizgird (chair)................ Ford County................ 217/379-2221........ cwizgird@yahoo.com

v      Day/Evening Report Centers Committee............................................ Ben Manley (chair)....... Sangamon County. 217/747-8000 benm@co.sangamon.il.us

v      Detention Committee........................... Connie Kaiser (chair)................ Champaign County....... 217/384-3780........ ckaiser@co.champaign.il.us

v      Detention Committee........................... Glen Frietag (co-chair).............. DuPage County............ 630/682-7356

v      Domestic/Family Violence Committee.. Linda Hart (co-chair)................. Cook County............... 773/869-6056........ lihart@cookcountygov.com

v      Domestic/Family Violence Committee.. Joni Gilbertson (co-chair).......... Woodford County.......... 309/467-3532........ joni4321@yahoo.com

v      Gender Responsive Committee............ Ava Carpenter-McPike (co-chair).................................. Sangamon County. 217/747-8016 avac@co.sangamon.il.us

v      Gender Responsive Committee............ Melissa Spooner (co-chair)........ Cook County............... 312/433-4446........ mbspoon@cookcountygov.com

v      Gender Responsive Committee............ Tracy Phillabaum (co-chair)...... DuPage County............ 630/407-8392........ tracy.phillabaum@dupageco.org

v      Legislative Committee......................... Michael Shaughnessy (chair).... Livingston County........ 815/844-5177........ shagmj@hotmail.com

v      Membership Committee...................... Nichole Deppe (chair)............... Madison County........... 618/258-0021........ nedeppe@co.madison.il.us

v      Nominations/Elections Committee....... Edward S. Swies (co-chair)...... Cook County............... 708/974-6342........ swiesfam@comcast.net

v      Nominations/Elections Committee....... Frank W. Morelli (co-chair)........ Lake County................ 847/377-3646........ fmorelli@co.lake.il.us

v      Pretrial Services Committee................. Anita Maxey (co-chair)............. Macon County............. 217/424-1444........ amaxey@probation.co.macon.il.us

v      Pretrial Services Committee................. Keith Cooprider (co-chair).......... Lake County................ 847/377-3687........ kcooprider@co.lake.il.us

v      Program Committee............................ Jody Blair (co-chair)................. DuPage County............ 630/407-8420........ jody.blair@dupageco.org

v      Program Committee............................ Sarah Spang (co-chair)............. DuPage County............ 630/407-8501........ sarah.spang@dupageco.org

v      Representative Committee................... Frank W. Morelli (chair)............ Lake County................ 847/377-3646........ fmorelli@co.lake.il.us

v      Resource Committee........................... Margi Gilmour (co-chair)........... DeKalb County............. 815/895-7196........ mgilmour@dekalbcounty.org

v      Resource Committee........................... John Owens (co-chair)............. Kane County............... 630/232-5805........ owensjohn@co.kane.il.us

v      Special Services/Sex Offender Committee........ Jerry Cobetto (co-chair) Madison County........... 618/296-5118........ jrcobetto@co.madison.il.us

v      Special Services/Sex Offender Committee........ Scott Summers (co-chair)................................ Lake County......... 847/377-3677 ssummers@co.lake.il.us

v      Substance Abuse Committee............... Tracy Burke (co-chair)............. Bureau County............. 815/872-8951........ zoebobo@yahoo.com

v      Substance Abuse Committee............... Judy Nystrom (co-chair)........... AOIC.......................... 217/785-0413........ jnystrom@court.state.il.us

v      Victim Issues Committee..................... Gary Balgemann (co-chair)....... DuPage County............ 630/407-8357........ gary.balgemann@dupageco.org

v      Victim Issues Committee..................... Ron Elias (co-chair)................. McHenry County.......... 815/334-4400........ rcelias@co.mchenry.il.us


Executive Board

v      President............................................. Michael Torchia....................... Sangamon County....... 217/753-6770........ miket@co.sangamon.il.us

v      President-Elect.................................... Sid DeLair............................... DuPage County........... 630/407-8419........ sidney.delair@dupageco.org

v      Secretary............................................. Sandra DeNicholas................... DuPage County........... 630/407-8358........ sandra.denicholas@dupageco.org

v      Treasurer............................................. Michael J. Carey..................... Champaign County...... 217/384-3753........ mcarey@co.champaign.il.us

v      Statewide Representative..................... Allen Nance............................ DuPage County........... 630/407-8502........ allennance@dupageco.org

v      Region I Representative....................... Ed Swies................................ Cook County............... 708/974-6565........ swiesfam@comcast.net

v      Region II Representative...................... Ken Burn................................ Whiteside County......... 815/772-5276........ kburn@whiteside.org

v      Region III Representative..................... Michael Bruner........................ Sangamon County....... 217/753-6780........ mikebr@co.sangamon.il.us

v      Representative Chair........................... Frank W. Morelli...................... Lake County............... 847-377-3646........ fmorelli@co.lake.il.us

v      Governmental Relations...................... John McCabe.......................... Legislative Consultants. 773/631-9560........ johnmccabe@att.net

v      Executive Assistant.............................. Carol M. Gierut........................ Cook County............... 630/969-6956........ cgierut@aol.com


Congratulations New IPCSA Officers


New Committee


The following is the formal petition submitted to the IPCSA Executive Board for the formation of a new committee — the Technology Committee. Upon review and consideration of the Board, it was agreed to present the petition in the form of a referendum to the full membership. A majority vote by the membership will pass the referendum. The formal petition is as follows:

My name is John Becker and I am the Director of Kendall County Court Services. Myself, along with Kendall County G.P.S. Officer Jennifer Sullivan, would like to formally petition the Board for the creation of a new committee of the Association.

Since my arrival to Kendall County in 1996, the court services department has been actively involved in creating and operating offender management programs involving advanced technology. These programs have included Voice I.D. Curfew, Electronic Monitoring using RF technology, Home Alcohol Testing, and Global Positioning System. These programs have allowed our judiciary to keep juvenile and adult offenders from formal incarceration, provide more restrictive monitoring for violent offenders, choices when considering conditions of bond, and sentencing alternatives. The County Board has also experienced substantial savings in juvenile detention dollars and adult jail fees.

Technology advancements in the field of Court Services has also included case management systems, offender reporting equipment, drug testing, internet activities of sex offenders, internet sites for gathering in-depth personal histories, and others. In the State of Illinois, there are many counties that utilize one or more of the above stated technologies. However, there is no mechanism in place for the sharing of information. It is my belief that creating a Technology Committee would help counties share information about programs and equipment that is being used and what is working and what is not. The committee could also serve all counties in the State by being a resource when new programs are being considered or identified concerns are being brainstormed.

As programs involving new technology continue to become available, the Association should have a committee assigned to this special field. Jennifer Sullivan and I are willing to co-chair this committee and establish additional committee members. Jennifer will be attending the upcoming conference in Chicago and will be available should you or any of the board members have any questions. I will be in the office during the conference and can be contacted there. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

John L. Becker Jennifer Sullivan

Director G.P.S. Officer

Kendall County Court Services Kendall County Court Services


Gender Responsivity

Committee

 

Generosity Encourages

More Generosity

 

 

The Gender Responsivity Committee (GRC) thanks everyone who bought raffle tickets at the 2004 Fall Conference in Chicago, IL. The GRC was kindly given permission to hold the 50/50 raffle at this conference and this resulted in $626 being raised. The winning ticket belonged to Diana Waivra from the Department of Human Services. Diana graciously donated her winnings to the charity the GRC chose. This resulted in the entire amount of $626 going to Deborah’s Place, a shelter for homeless and formerly homeless women (a private not-for-profit corporation serving women in Chicago. Food, shelter and supportive services are provided by dedicated volunteers and staff so that women can become empowered to take back and maintain control over their lives).

An important item on the GRC’s agenda at the conference was to articulate a tremendous thank you to our out going co-chair, Toni Davis, and to vote on a new co-chair. After receiving votes at the committee meeting and from members who were unable to attend, it is the GRC’s pleasure to announce that Melissa Spooner, Supervisor from Cook County Juvenile Probation, is the newest co-chair of this committee.

Future plans for the committee are to get started on preparing for the 2nd annual craft sale to take place at the 2005 Spring Conference in Rockford, IL, put together a directory of current gender responsive programming being done throughout the state, working with AOIC on developing the Gender Responsivity Guidelines Manual, and recruiting new committee members to the GRC. Letters will be sent to each county requesting participation in having your female offenders make crafts that can be sold at the spring conference. The money raised from the craft sale will be given to a charity in or around the Rockford area. A member of the GRC will be asked to pick up the counties once they are finished and bring them to the conference. If there are any questions, please contact one of the co-chairs.

The Gender Responsivity Committee will convene at the 2005 Spring Conference at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2005 in Rockford, IL. All IPCSA members are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the co-chairs: Ava Carpenter (Sangamon County) at 217-747-8016, Tracy Phillabaum (DuPage County) 630-407-2536, or Melissa Spooner (Cook County) 312-433-4446.


Domestic Violence Committee

 

The subject of domestic violence was well represented at the Fall 2004 Conference. Attendees were able to attend workshops sponsored by IPCSA Domestic Violence Committee, the AOIC DV Committee, and through the Judicial Track. Topics included probation officers awareness of and sensitivity to issues related to domestic violence survivors; efforts by probation officers to service clients in times of budget cuts and limited resources; research about domestic violence offenders and appropriate interventions; and the expectations and challenges in addressing domestic violence within a coordinated community response. All the workshops were recurring themes—the importance of court systems and probation officers to recognize the dynamics of domestic violence and the societal attitudes and beliefs that affect how court systems respond to both the perpetrator and the many layers of victims.

The Domestic Violence Committee continues to focus on issues that are of interest to officers across the state who manage these caseloads. The next scheduled meeting of the committee is Friday, January 14, 2005 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the McLean County Law and Justice Center, 104 West Front Street, Bloomington, IL. For further information about becoming part of the Domestic Violence Committee, please contact Joni Gilbertson of Woodford County at 309-467-3532 or Linda Hart of Cook County-Social Service at 773-869-6056.


Pretrial Services Committee

 

 

 

The 2004 Fall IPCSA Conference in Chicago in some ways represented a milestone for the pretrial services profession in Illinois in that it was the first time that a pretrial-specific training workshop was organized for the benefit of pretrial professionals and practitioners. The Honorable Judge Bruce Beaudin from Washington, D.C. presented his nationally-recognized “Pretrial 101” Workshop, which provided a basic understanding of the pretrial services movement, the history of bail and pretrial release, its constitutional and case-law underpinnings, and the purpose of bail. It was a well-attended event and encourages more pretrial-related training will be a regular event at IPCSA Conferences. We once again thank and appreciate the support of John Prinzi and Jim Grundel of AOIC in making this event a reality.

 

The Committee met in July and at the fall conference. Several items were discussed including defining a Pretrial Services Advisory Committee Mission Statement, developing a Pretrial Services link with the IPCSA website, and creating a pretrial-specific training and program survey to determine the training needs of pretrial practitioners. In reference to pretrial training, the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) is developing a pretrial services certification program (Project Certification) which not only will “certify” individuals based on their level of knowledge and expertise of the pretrial services profession, but in effect can be viewed as a training and education opportunity. (See NAPSA’s website, www.napsa.org, for more information.) Committee members that were present also were introduced to Dave Hitchcock who was recently transferred to AOIC’s Probation Services Division and will be taking over for John Prinzi. One of Dave’s goals is to work with the various pretrial programs in the state and to identify staff development needs, including training that is specifically related to the needs of pretrial practitioners. Dave works out of the Springfield office and can be contacted by phone at 217-785-3489.

 

As you can see, a lot is happening with the Pretrial Services Committee and if you are interested in becoming a member of the or just want to get involved to some extent or offer your input, please contact Anita Mendenhall by email at (amendenhall@probation.co.macon.il.us) or Keith Cooprider at (kcooprider@co.lake.il.us). Pretrial Services programs and practitioners need to coalesce and network with each other so we can become a vital dynamic in the practice of criminal justice in Illinois. One way of becoming involved in the future growth, development, and enhancement of pretrial services in Illinois is to participate in IPCSA and the Committee also encourages the professional pretrial officer to think about looking into NAPSA membership. They have great, informative conferences and you have the opportunity to learn what other, out-of-state programs are doing.


Resource Committee

 

 

A total of 25 vendors exhibited at the fall conference in Chicago. Two new vendors attended the conference along with those vendors who have supported IPCSA consistently throughout the years. A wide range of probation-related services available from across the state and the country were on display at the conference. Nine of the 25 vendors came from out of state. Conference participants were afforded an opportunity to interact with the vendors before and after the workshops, as well as, at a reception held on Wednesday evening.

All vendors pay an exhibit fee to display at the conference, which generates revenue to support IPCSA. In addition to paying the exhibit fee, Streamwood Behavioral Health Center sponsored a workshop and breaks were sponsored by Arrowhead Ranch, Hartgrove Hospital, and Norman Sleezer Youth Home.

The Resource Committee encourages the IPCSA membership to support these vendors by using their services when needed and appropriate. The vendors who participated in the Fall Conference include:

 

Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital 1 Step Detect

Arrowhead Ranch Norman Sleezer Youth Home

BI, Incorporated Piney Ridge Center

Big Brother Monitoring Rite of Passage

Cornell Interventions Riveredge Hospital

Goodin Associates Rosecrance Health Center

Focus Ho use Salem Ranch

Gateway Foundation Solution Specialties

Hartgrove Hospital Streamwood Behavioral Health Center

Homme Youth & Family Programs Southwest Indiana Youth Village

Isecuretrac TASC

Lad Lake Varian

Onarga Academy

 

For information about joining the Resource Committee or for more information about the vendors, please call co-chairs Margi Gilmour @ (815) 895-7193 or John Owens @ (630) 232-5805.


2004 Awards


Congratulationsto all of the

2004 Distinguished Service Award Recipients.

Their peers chose each of these

individuals for outstanding and dedicated

service to their community,

the courts, and their clients.


Sherri Arenas—Champaign County

Carla Bishop—Hancock County

Ron Brawley—Madison County

Barry Brock—Champaign County

Shelby Brown—Effingham County

Andy Bonis—9th Judicial Circuit

Frances Cain—13th Judicial Circuit

Eric Clayton—Madison County

Coles/Cumberland Team

Mona Durbin—Effingham County

Brenda Dyar—Champaign County

Cristina Figueroa—Lake County

Cheryl Gilleran—Lake County

Danielle Girup—DuPage County

Jason Hamann—Sangamon County

Thomas Harrocks—Champaign County

Joe Howe—Tazwell County

Rusann Hutchens—Madison County

Jeremy M. Jessup—Champaign County

Robin Kallenbach—Macon County

Brian Kelley—Champaign County

Joy Kreuser—Cook County

C. Kull—Whiteside County

David Liddell—Winnebago County

Kimberli M. Lindstrom—Henry County

Jeff Linn—Madison County

Lil Mantay—Macon County

Kate Maranda—Whiteside County

Jodi McCoy—Macon County

Timothy McGavin—DuPage County

Megan Mohr—Macon County

Maria Moran—Effingham County

Gary Nelsen—Macon County

James B. Paschal—Madison County

Christopher Simonds—Madison County

Jeffrey L. Staab—Whiteside County

Robert Tobin—McHenry County

Amelia Trello—Sangamon County

Sara J. Usrey—Henry County

Colleen Whalen—Winnebago County

Christine Winters—Effingham County

Shannon Wolfe—Champaign County

Damon Yates—Madison County

Phyllis Ybarra—Madison County

Heidi Zeidenstein—Livingston County


Kimberly Becker, Lee County

Gene Hughes Awward


Jody Blair & Sarah Spang

Darryl O. Smith Award


Hon. George W. Timberlake

Chief Judge, 2nd Judicial Circuit

Exemplary Service Award


Cheryl Meyers

Effingham County

Pauline Gansauer Award


Phil Dailing, McHenry County

William C. Albertson Award


Scott Summers, Lake County

S. William Ettinger Award


Frank Calkins, Adams County

Robert E. Burdine Award


Lake County’s

Group Reporting Project

Leadership Award


In collaboration with the University of Illinois, Springfield, the new Leadership Award was created to honor programs for exemplifying the principles of what works and utilizing best practices to produce effective outcomes with clients.


- -STATE OF ILLINOIS- -

 

 

Criminal Justice Information Authority

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1016

Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 793-8550

Contact: Mary Milano, Assistant Director Grants Unit

 

 

STOP Violence Against Women Act

Criminal Justice Information Authority

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1016

Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 793-8550

(VAWA grant program is focused on the criminal justice system’s response to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.)

 

 

IDHS Bureau of Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention

222 S. College, 2nd floor

Springfield, Illinois 62704

(217) 524-6034

Contact: Bureau Chief

(Family Violence Prevention and Services Act grant targets crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence and their children. Applications are taken in February and March.)

 

 

VOCA (Victims of Crime Act)

Criminal Justice Information Authority

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1016

Chicago, IL 60606

(312) 793-8550

(This grant program targets direct services or victims of violent crime)

 

 

VCVA (Violent Crime Victims Assistance Fund)

Illinois Attorney General

100 W. Randolph

Chicago, Illinois 60601

(312) 814-3000

Contact: Jennifer Kuhn, Bureau Chief, Victim Services

(Grants focus on developing and improving activities and services that promote the recognition of rights, needs and interests of crime victims in Illinois)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- -NATIONAL- -

 

 

OVC (Office for Victims of Crime)

U.S. Department of Justice Programs

Office for Victims of Crime

810 Seventh Street, NW

Washington, DC 20531

1-800-421-6770

(Offers discretionary grants to improve and enhance the quality and availability of victim services. Grants support a wide range of activities, programs and services, including development of training curricula for victim services and criminal justice professionals, and dissemination of promising practices in victim services.)

 

 

OVC Victim Assistance for Illinois

312-793-8550

 

 

OVC Victim Compensation for Illinois

312-814-2581

 

 

OJJDP (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)

DHS Office of Prevention

1112 South Wabash Avenue, 4th floor

Chicago, Illinois 60601

(312) 793-2748

Contact: Dan Strick, Juvenile Justice Specialist

(This is the Illinois agency for U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. OJJDP offers block and discretionary grants which range from single awards for research, evaluation and technical assistance to multi-site awards for program development.)

 

 

JABG (Juvenile Accountability Block Grants)

Criminal Justice Information Authority

120 S. Riverside Plaza, Ste. 1016

Chicago, Illinois 60606

(312) 793-1300

Contact: Mary Milano

(This is the Illinois agency for U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. JABG program funds are provided as block grants to states for programs promoting greater accountability in the juvenile justice system.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(A report of survey results compiled by a Subcommittee of the IPCSA Victim Concerns Committee—August 31, 2004)

 

Introduction

In accordance with the Constitutional and Statutory recognition of crime victims’ rights and the emergence of the Balanced and Restorative Justice approach in Illinois, the role of and concern for the victim now deserves a heightened level of attention comparable to the traditional attention devoted to the offender and community. Indeed, the Illinois Juvenile Court Act emphasizes that victims of juvenile crime shall have the same rights as victims of adult crime. Further, it has become increasingly clear from the responses of crime victims confirmed in research and media presentations that a failure to understand and be responsive to their needs has contributed in many cases to their re-victimization by the justice system.

As a result, Probation and Court Services at both the adult and juvenile level must face a critical challenge, to continue to develop the understanding that justice is no longer primarily about “punishment” or retribution directed at the offender. Victims are members of the public whom we serve. Our goals, policies, and practices must be directed toward finding ways to hold offenders accountable through interventions that promote recognition of the harm they’ve done, “healing” or reparation for the victim and community, as well as provisions for community safety and the development or improvement of offender competencies.

This need for Probation and Court Services to increase its understanding of victim issues and concerns resulted in the IPCSA’s Victim Concerns Committee developing a preliminary victim-focused survey. The survey, developed and distributed in 2002, was designed to give IPCSA a broad-based understanding of the degree to which departments across the state are addressing victims’ concerns in the justice system. It was also intended that by responding to the survey, each department would reflect on the extent to which its mission and practices incorporate meaningful victim services and assess what, if any, victim awareness activities are provided to offenders. The survey was distributed to most departmental Chief Managing Officers and returned by them or their designees, representing all 22 Circuits in Illinois.

Our committee’s goals are to promote victim sensitivity and attentiveness among Probation and Court Services staff, to be a local resource to departments in the process of developing restorative victim-related programs, and to develop and organize support among Court Services professionals for improving victim services and enhancing victims’ rights and roles in creating justice in Illinois. This report includes the analysis of the surveys that were completed in 2002. The specific data is available. It is our hope that this feedback based on the self-reports can encourage all departments to continue to identify needs for policy development, policy changes, the continuation of competency development, and the development of collaboration with the community that can assist in repairing the harm done to crime victims. With this and future surveys our committee hopes to help promote state-wide progress in efforts to bring victim concerns and rights into balance with those of their communities and their offenders. We welcome feedback (through any committee member) and hope for support for our efforts.

Communities and justice system professionals can no longer afford to ignore victims at any stage in our justice-seeking processes. Our attention to their concerns can be considered a vital social obligation, a significant prevention strategy.

 

Survey Summary

Overall, our summary recognizes that Illinoisand Court Service departmentsmaking progress in the growing effort to provide victims more information, support, and opportunities for involvement in the justice system.There appears to be an increasing awareness ofissues and concerns. But the marginalization of victims in justice processes remains an issue. More attention, effort, and resources need to be directed toward victim concerns and victim involvement to help ensure a level of consistency across the State. The results of the survey provide some insights into areas where growth remains to be promoted.

Several questions in the survey were related to crime victims’ opportunities to have input into dispositional or sentencing decisions. According to the observations of those who completed the survey, even though victim input and contact is the statutory responsibility of the State’s Attorneys’ in our state, there is a consistent effort by probation and court services to invite victim input and provide an analysis of the impact of crimes on their victims in thirteen of Illinois’ twenty-two circuits. Probation departments contact victims when considering the diversion of cases in thirteen circuits. Attempts are made by Probation and Court Services to facilitate victim input primarily through pre-sentence investigations in all but one circuit. However, victim input is apparently not yet a routine part of justice system decision-making all circuits. Victim input is reportedly “rare” in six circuits.

The primary mode of victim contact in nineteen circuits is the mail. However, making an effort to reach victims by phone, if possible, is a primary concern in fourteen circuits—in-person contact with victims is a primary concern in seven. Probation and Court Services has contact with crime victims after sentencing in fourteen circuits, primarily in cases of domestic violence. Contact with victims is routine in all cases in three circuits. Probation helps to provide hearing date information to victims in six circuits. Victims in some cases are informed by Probation of sentencing or dispositional outcomes in ten circuits. In fifteen circuits offenders’ apology letters are forwarded to victims; but consideration is given to the requests or concerns of victims for such apologies in only six circuits. In five circuits Probation and Court Services have little or no contact with victims at any time.

The effort to improve staff members’ awareness of victims’ concerns has begun. In ten circuits all sworn court services officer are provided victim-related training. In three circuits victim-related training is provided only to officers who supervise offenders. Training is provided to detention officers and clerical staff in only one circuit. Victim-related training is not provided or required in only four circuits. Federal funds and in-house staff are a training resource in seven circuits. AOIC is a significant training resource for fourteen circuits; and the primary resource for victim-related training for 18 of our 22 circuits is IPCSA. All circuit representatives agree that more victim-related training would be beneficial.

The number of staff expected to have some involvement with victims appears to depend on the size of the department. Responsibility for some contact with victims rests with casework and investigative Probation Officers in all but three circuits. Ten circuits have at least one person with primary responsibility related to victim support and service, who is able to provide referrals to treatment and other resources. In ten circuits Probation helps victims to understand their rights. In eleven circuits Probation and Court Services provide at least supportive resource information to victims. There is no such practice in three circuits. Probation is responsible for the collection and disbursement of some restitution in four circuits. The State’s Attorney assumes some responsibility in three. For the most part (in seventeen circuits) those responsibilities rest with Circuit Court Clerk.

Victim participation in departmental efforts has begun. Victims are part of a Probation services advisory committee in one circuit. DUI-related Victim Impact Panel Presentations are held in sixteen circuits. Victim Impact Panels related to criminal offenses are held in five. Victim Awareness Education is an intervention strategy in six circuits. Conferencing with victims and offenders occurs in eight.

Efforts to provide private and secured waiting areas for victims vary across the state. Provision is made for all victims in six circuits. Some provision is made for victim security/privacy in twelve. Apparently, there is no such provision made for victims in eight circuits.

 

The Future: Opportunities for Collaboration

We, in the justice system, need to view our work in a partnership between the community, victim and offender. Current research tells us that Community Correction agencies and related partners are going to have to change the way they have been doing business in order to withstand the current complexity of the clients that are served and the fiscal restraints of the departments. This is based on the Integrated Model for system reform that includes three elements, Evidenced-based Practice, Collaboration, and Organizational Development. What this is really saying is that it is time to prove that what each partner in the system and we do with “clients”—and victims no less—is effective, that there is collaboration between the players in the system with all having an equal voice, and that the entities involved are realigning their goals, increasing staff competencies and adjusting their current organization policies and practices to support the changes.

The Evidenced-Based Practices model indicates that to ensure the effectiveness of a program or process, measurements need to be developed. In working with victims, professionals need to define what their goals are and how progress can be measured. It is encouraging to know that the same standards have begun to be applied to victim services, as are beginning to be applied in our state in relation to work with offenders.

In the past one measure was related to a victim’s level of satisfaction with the results. One of the methods involved the distribution, return, and analysis of a survey. The results from such surveys may not always be reliable—it is difficult to measure true victim satisfaction because responses are totally voluntary from the victim.

Current research, conducted in programs world wide, has shown, however, that programs such as Victim Offender Mediation, Family Group Conferencing, Community Group Conferencing and Circle Sentencing have shown positive measurable results. Paul McCold noted in his paper, A Survey of Assessment Research on Mediation and Restorative Justice, that “where (there is) victim and offender participation in restorative programs, the rates of agreement and compliance with that agreement are very high” and that “Re-offending rates for offenders is no higher for restorative justice than it is for court adjudication.”

Collaboration has always been important, but has not always included victim input. Research emphasizes that justice system entities can no longer work inside a vacuum—networking and establishing partnerships with other players in the system is vital. Juvenile Justice Councils are an example of an effective collaboration that includes players from inside the criminal justice system and from the community—including victim service agencies—who are brought together to look at the system as a whole. By working collaboratively, resources can be shared, areas of concern can be better identified and addressed, and a common vision can be developed.

Currently in the State of Illinois, despite the growing awareness of the importance of developing a collaborative effort to implement evidenced-based practices that are coherent with BARJ principles and growing commitment to victims’ rights, reparation for crime victims and survivors remains neglected. There isn’t recognition and agreement in all circuits and departments of Probation and Court Services that the justice system has a responsibility toward the victims of the offenders under its charge. Many communities, victim service agencies, and victims themselves are yet to recognize the importance of their participation in collaborative justice system reform efforts—and their participation is vital to the success of those efforts.

Agencies, communities, and crime victims must be educated, be provided the opportunity to share input, and be engaged in a partnership with court services in establishing a common mission. All partners in the collaboration must agree that they all have a role in empowering and helping to restore the victim—as well as in enhancing the competence of the offender to make constructive changes. And each partner must play a part in ensuring satisfaction with the process. This sense of agreement and cooperation cannot be imposed from the top down. It must be cultivated through honest discussion and problem-solving efforts in which each player feels that they have an equal voice and respect in the process. Promoting this kind of collaboration is the challenge that Probation and Court Services and all justice system participants face.

 

 

1Surveys done with juvenile crime victims in the 18th Judicial Circuit for several years indicate that 91% of victims who offer their input at sentencing want to know the outcome of the sentencing hearing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Continued on page 14)


Crime Victim Services

and the Role of

Probation and Court Services

in Illinois


Victim Assistance Funding Resources


Appendix A

 

Probation Department Victim Involvement Survey

 

Please take time to complete this survey by placing a check alongside all the elements in each statement that apply in your department or circuit. Return it to the I.P.C.S.A. Victims’ Concerns Committee chair, Gary Balgemann, at the Department of Probation and Court Services, 505 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187, in the enclosed envelope. Thank you for your investment in this expanding and challenging facet of Justice System development.

 

 

1. In our circuit victims have an opportunity to give input into sentencing/dispositional decisions

____Routinely in all types of cases.

____Only in special circumstances or cases (e.g. Domestic or Serious Violence/Abuse, etc.)

____Only occasionally.

____Other (Please specify): _______________________________________

 

2. In our circuit attempts are made to provide Victim Impact Statements routinely

____By our department in adult cases with pre-sentence reports.

____By our department in juvenile cases with pre-sentence reports.

____By the State’s Attorney.

____Rarely.

 

3. If restitution for victims is ordered in our circuit, it is collected and disbursed by

____The Circuit Court Clerk’s office

____Our department

____The State’s Attorney’s office

____Other (Please specify): __________________________________________

 

4. In our Circuit a sheltered or separate waiting area is provided for

____Victims of sexual abuse.

____Victims of domestic violence.

____Victims of extreme violence.

____Victims of property offenses.

____All victims.

____No victims.

 

5. According to our department policy or practice our staff members attempt to contact victims

____At the point of initial screening, intake, or preliminary offender interviews.

____When considering diversion from formal prosecution.

____In the course of preparing pre-sentence or social history investigation reports.

____Only in cases in which serious injury or damage has occurred.

____In all cases after disposition or sentencing.

____After sentencing only if victims have responded to our requests for their input.

____After sentencing in domestic violence cases.

____In few, if any cases.

____It is not our practice to contact victims

6. Our department routinely provides victims with or makes available

____Victim rights information.

____Justice system procedures information.

____Notices of sentencing hearing dates.

____Apology letters if requested by victims.

____Apology letters when court ordered.

____Sentencing outcome information.

____Support resources information.

____Other (Please specify):_________________________________________

 

7. Staff members who have routine contact with victims have

____Investigative responsibilities.

____Casework responsibilities.

____Restitution recording/monitoring responsibilities outside casework.

____Specific victim service responsibilities.

____Clerical/reception responsibilities.

____Managerial responsibilities.

____Other (Please specify): _________________________________________

8. According to policy and procedures, the contacts we make with victims are primarily

____In person.

____By phone.

____By mail.

9. In our department specific victim-related responsibilities have been assigned to

____No staff.

____One or two staff members.

____Three to five staff members.

____Five to ten staff members.

____Ten or more staff members.

 

10. Our department provides for or has implemented the following victim-related programs:

____Victim-offender conferencing,

____Family group conferencing,

____DUI victim-impact panels,

____Criminal offense victim impact panels,

____Victim impact or awareness education,

____Victim participation in an advisory group,

____Victim referrals to support/treatment resources (counseling, support groups, victim compensation, DOC Victim Services,

Automated Victim Notification system, advocacy).

____Other (Please specify): ________________________________________________________

 

11. During the past year our department has provided opportunity for victim related training for

____All sworn staff.

____Investigators (Screening interviewers).

____Casework officers (Those who supervise or monitor offenders).

____Therapeutic services staff.

____Victim services staff.

____Detention staff.

____Clerical/reception staff.

____Victim-related training is not required or provided.

 

12. For training related to victims our department relies on

____Skilled staff within.

____Federally funded outside professionals.

____AOIC trainers.

____IPCSA conferences.

____Outside training programs to which we send staff and for which we pay.

 

Our department would benefit from more training related to victim’s issues and from victim-related programming.

____Yes.

____No.

 

 

Completed by: __________________________________________ Date______/_______/_______

Judicial Circuit ________

Number of Court Services Staff, including support staff _____________

Sworn Adult Services ______________

Sworn Juvenile Services ____________

Detention _____________

Support _______________

Other ( ) _____________

Other ( ) _____________

Please comment on any or all of the above ideas and/or offer suggestions regarding victim-related issues or concerns. Thank you. (Use the back of this sheet or attach an additional sheet, if you like.)_______________________________________________________


Gary Balgemann

DuPage County

Department of Probation

and Court Services

505 N. County Farm Road

Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 407-8357

(630) 407-8401 (fax)

gary.balgemann@dupageco.org.

 

Ann Ferguson

DuPage County

Department of Probation

and Court Services

505 N. County Farm Road

Wheaton, IL 60187

(630) 682-7713

(630) 682-7419 (fax)

Ann.Ferguson@dupageco.org.

 

Kristen Garfield-Gentile

A.O.I.C.

222 N. LaSalle Street, 13th Floor

Chicago, IL 60601

(312) 793-4150

(312) 793-1335 (fax)

kgentile@court.state.il.us

 

 

 

Chuck Michalek

Cook County Probation

and Court Services

Juvenile Probation Department

1100 S. Hamilton Avenue

Chicago, IL 60612

(312) 433-6639

(312) 433-4402 (fax)

michalekchas@aol.com.


Appendix B

Survey Sub-Committee


Program Committee

2004 Fall IPCSA Conference Rocked!!

 

The recent 2004 Fall Conference at the Westin River North in Chicago was both rewarding from Sarah and my point of view and for all of those who had a hand in putting it together. Our hats are off to all who helped us plan and organize to make this conference a HUGE success. The workshops were well attended and the networking amongst the various disciplines was evident to all.

After a day of committee meetings and workshops, attendees took the opportunity to attend the reception on the Chicago River Level Court and Veranda. An early-bird judiciary presentation was added to the line up the second day of the conference, followed by a wonderful and thought provoking plenary by Mark Carey. The rest of that day held many workshops for attendees to choose from and an emotional and inspirational presentation at lunch by Father Robert Oldershaw and the father of a slain youth, Mr. Stephan Young.

Thursday evening of the conference held a beautiful award banquet honoring IPCSA professionals for their dedication and service to their profession, community, and the courts. Friday was different from other conferences in that it included a set of workshops and an ending plenary by Illinois Congressman Danny Davis.

On behalf of the Program Committee, many thanks go out to all those from Cook County Adult Probation, Cook County Juvenile Probation and Cook County Social Services Departments who hosted this conference. What a wonderful and efficient job they did! In particular, Sarah and I wish to thank Mary Nadolny, Renate Reichs and Linda Hart for their tireless efforts. The Program Committee would also like to thank all of the representatives from the various disciplines who worked on this conference. We are keenly aware of the hours of prep time it takes to make a conference happen and it flowed smoothly as a result of your hard work and planning. Thank you to Linda Van Dyke for spearheading this enormous and beneficial conference. Thank you to all!!

The Spring 2004 Conference in Rockford at the Clock Tower Resort is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for April 13-15, 2005. Pre-Conference information will be mailed to departments as soon as they are available. Committee meetings will again be held on Wednesday morning of the conference. This conference will mark a return to our traditional conference format with the business meeting on that final day of the conference.

Jody Blair and Sarah Spang

Program Committee Co-Chairs


Membership Committee

 

The Membership Committee has remained very active this year even during this very tough time that the state is experiencing. We have active members that are working hard to promote IPCSA as an organization that is worth investing time and effort into.

Unfortunately, we did not have the opportunity to host the Committee Orientation Reception at the Fall Conference this year. We are looking forward to putting together our usual reception at the spring conference in Rockford. A working agreement with Rosecrance Health Network will help bring the benefits to the new, and current, members of the Association. Rosecrance has been a great supporter of IPCSA through this reception and their efforts as a vendor. We want to express our sincere gratitude to them for their support.

We continue to look for new ways of getting people to join and remain members of IPCSA. Members of the committee are continuing to recruit members from probation, but also from other sources such as treatment providers, individuals, and other private organizations. We continue to attend Basic Training Sessions during the year to promote IPCSA to new officers from around the state. We send our thanks to AOIC and The University of Illinois at Springfield for helping to coordinate these efforts with us.

We have still been working on putting the IPCSA video together. Footage is continuing to be collected from IPCSA events. We are hoping 2005 will complete the project. This committee is continuing to encourage students and interns to join the Association through the Student Sponsorship Program. This program allows students to join the Association and attend a conference to gain first hand knowledge of what IPCSA is all about. We have had great success with the program in the past and hope that it continues.

The Membership Committee currently has thirteen active members from around the state, and we would appreciate any new members. If you are interested in joining our committee, please contact Nichole Deppe (618) 258-0021. We do not have a date set for out next meeting, but you are urged to contact me for any additional information.


Representative Committee

 

The heart and soul of IPCSA continues to be the hard work and dedication put forth by committee members as they work towards the goals of their committee and of IPCSA. The IPCSA Representative Committee is made up of 16 committees that are dedicated towards various duties for IPCSA and for court service issues around the State.

Congratulations to Committee Chairs Ken Burn (Region II Representative) and Sid DeLair (President-Elect) as well as returning State Wide Representative Allen Nance on their election to the IPCSA Executive Board for 2005-06.

On behalf of the IPCSA Executive Board I wanted to give special thanks to Mike Miller of the Public Service Committee and Toni Davis of the Gender Committee. Both have chosen to step down from their position as Chair of their respective committees. Mike has guided the Public Service Committee for the past six years. Toni was one of the founding members of the Gender Committee. Their guidance and determination will be missed. Both have promised to continue to be involved with their committee and with IPCSA.

A request has been made to form a new Technology Committee. This committee would gather information about various technological advancements in our field and would be a resource to counties around the state. Anyone interested in joining this committee please call John Becker (JBecker@co.kendall.il.us) or Jennifer Sullivan , of Kendal County at 630-553-4180.

Once again I would like to thank all the Committee Chairs and over 200 Committee members for their hard work. Anyone interested in joining a committee please contact the Committee Chair or myself.

 

Frank Morelli.


Victim Concerns Committee

Advocate Victim Services

 

In the face of budget problems the victim concerns committee is apprehensive. We need to “keep the fires burning” for those in victim services, as well as develop recognition of evidence-based practices in VOC programs, VIP programs, and other BARJ approaches to creating justice and healing victims. Services to victims beyond the point of sentencing must improve—and services should be available from the moment of the offense. Our committee will continue to promote awareness of victims’ needs and concerns—and continue to press for recognition the court services in support of victims is a good investment, from which offenders and communities benefit. We will be available to respond to concerns raised by the results of our first survey and will be considering another in the future to check the progress of our awareness and responsiveness to those harmed by crime. Our next meeting—an opportunity to share resources and support—will be in Bloomington on January 13th. If interested in joining our discussions and efforts, contact Gary Balgemann, (630) 407-8357 [gary.balgemann@dupageco.org] or Ron Elias (815) 334-4408 [rcelias@co.mchenry.il.us].


The following IPCSA Board positions are open for election in Fall 2005:

 

Secretary

Treasurer

Region I Representative

Region III Representative

 

Region I consists of circuits 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, & Cook County. Region III consists of circuits 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, and 21.

 

For information, call Frank Morelli at 847/377-3646 or Ed Swies at 708/974-6342.


 

 

 

ILLINOIS PROBATION AND COURT SERVICES ASSOCIATION

 

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

 

Members are the backbone of this Association and your interest in becoming a member is appreciated. IPCSA has an active membership of over 1,000 members and is considered one of the largest state probation associations in the U.S. (Completing all of the requested information will ensure that you receive all future mailings to the correct address.)

 

MEMBERSHIP YEAR________ q First Time Member $20.00 q Membership Renewal $40.00

Name:______________________________________ Position/Title:_______________________

 

County and Department Name:_________________________________________ Circuit_____________

 

Mailing Address: _______________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________

 

____________________________________________________

Daytime Phone #: ( ) ______________________ E-mail Address:__________________________________

 

 

 

 

Membership Fee Paid For By:

 

q Department q Applicant Have been an IPCSA Member since:__________

My Job Function Falls in the Following General Categories:

 

q Adult Probation qPretrial Services q Juvenile Probation q Juvenile Detention q__________________

(Other)

My Position Falls in the Following Category:

 

q Director qChief Managing Officer q Supervisor q Line Officer q AA/Office Manager q Support Staff

 

I Am Interested in Learning More About the Following Committee(s):

 

q Awards Committee q Nomination/Election Committee

q Community/Public Service Committee q Pretrial Committee

q Day/Evening Report Center Committee q Program Committee

q Detention Committee q Resource Committee

q Domestic/Family Violence Committee q Special Services/Sex Offender Committee

q Gender Responsive Committee q Substance Abuse Committee

q Legislative Committee (CMO approval required) q Victim Services Committee

q Membership Committee

 

Please send this application with your membership dues, made payable to IPCSA, to the following address:

 

IPCSA

P.O. Box 8826

Springfield, Illinois 62791-8826

630/969-6956 (phone & fax)


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The Golf Club at Timber Pointe

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

High Noon Shotgun Start


The Illinois Probation and Court Services Association held its 2004 Fall Training Conference at the Westin Chicago River North Hotel September 1-3, 2004. Multi-Disciplined criminal justice professionals came together to participate in the theme of the conference—“The Evidence Is In: Collaborative Justice Works.” The successful conference concept was developed in the belief that there is deep value in gathering the various justice players to share concerns and ideas.

 

A few impressive conference statistics:

 

·    Nearly 600 participants from the probation and court service field, judges, prosecutors, public defenders, service providers and parole

·    60 different training workshops

·    Distinguished speakers including Congressman Danny Davis, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, Mark Carey, Minnesota Dept. of Corrections Warden

·    35-member planning committee

 

Special thanks to our host, Cook County, for their warm welcome and assistance during a very busy and amazing 3 days.


Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, Cook County (l.) and Bart Lubow, Annie E. Casey Foundation


Congressman Danny Davis (l.) and Linda Van Dyke, IPCSA President


DATED MATERIAL


Legislative Committee Report

The Legislative Committee will be meeting December 7th in Pontiac to discuss legislation for the new General Assembly beginning in January. While budget priorities will once again be the number one concern of the Legislative Committee, there are several issues pending from last year that will be revisited next year. They include:

 

1.        Sex Offender Management Board amendments. There remains a problem with plea agreements and evaluations of offenders that needs to be resolved.

2.        Juvenile Transfers. There will be further interest to continue to reverse the recent trend to increase automatic and discretionary transfers of juveniles to adult courts.

3.        Raising the age of a juvenile. This issue has divided IPCSA and some internal response needs to be promulgated.

4.        Drug Court Proposals from Chicago Metropolis 2020. The Chicago Metropolis 2020 Project, a planning group funded by the Commercial Club of Chicago, (Senate Amendment #2 to House Bill 1875) would have done the following:

a)        Mandate the establishment of Drug Courts in all counties over 50,000 population (there are 29 such counties and approximately 20 counties have voluntarily established Drug Courts)

b)       Eliminate all Criminal Justice Information Authority funding to all circuits in which a mandated county did not establish a Drug Court

c)        Establish a base line target of the average number of offenders charged with drug crimes over the last three years, then in the first four months of operation of a Drug Court, a county had to admit 25% of the baseline, annual number to the Drug Court program

d)       If a defendant successfully completes a Drug Court program, then all drug charges must be dropped, regardless of all prior convictions

e)        Require the county to apply for Federal funding for their Drug Court program

f)        Require the AOIC to provide training for Drug Court programs

g)        Require the Department of Human Services to fund all treatment programs of the Drug Courts.

 

5.        The Chicago Metropolis 2020 Project also had a second proposal to create a new Department of Juvenile Justice by removing the Juvenile Division from the Illinois Department of Corrections. As contained in House Bill 575, the proposal would have created more requirements before a juvenile could be sent to a detention center.

6.        The Legislative Committee will also discuss any proposals for legislation submitted by any of the other committees of IPCSA.

 

Copies and status of legislation can be found at: http://.www.legis.state.il.us

 

Respectfully submitted,

Michael J. Shaughnessy, Chair

 


WE’VE MOVED

 

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts—Probation Services has moved. The new address is:

James R. Grundel, Assistant Director

Probation Services Division

3101 Old Jacksonville Road

Springfield, IL 62704

217/558-4490


 

 

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