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December 2014 Update

President's Letter 

On behalf of the NAPSA Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce major improvements to the Association’s management structure and membership support system. These enhancements were discussed during Peter Kiers’ tenure as Board President and took shape and direction under Cherise Fanno Burdeen’s leadership. I am proud as the current NAPSA President to see them to fruition. Each is described more fully in separate e blast items below. (Click here to read the full letter)

New NAPSA Board of Directors Structure

The NAPSA Board approved major revisions to the Board’s structure and committee assignments. These changes will help promote better communication between the Board and membership and enhance the Board’s assistance and support to members and the pretrial field. Read more about this important development here.

Meet the new Secretariat: The National Association of Counties (NACo)

The NAPSA Board of Directors has contracted with the National Association of Counties (NACo) as our Secretariat. NACo is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States and assists them in pursuing excellence in public service to produce healthy, vibrant, safe and resilient counties. NACo provides secretariat, finance and Information Technology services to a host of “affiliate” organizations, and will support NAPSA through financial and administrative management, membership management, direct support for the NAPSA Board of Director’s and Association Committees, and website management. (Read more here)

Certification Update:

NAPSA’s Education Committee will offer a Level One Pretrial Release Certification Test in January 2015 for pretrial release practitioners and a Level One Pretrial Diversion Certification Test in February 2015 for pretrial diversion practitioners. Please click here for information about the Pretrial Release test, and here for information about the Pretrial Diversion test. Please forward this message to any of your staff or colleagues who are seeking to be certified.

NIC Orientation for Pretrial Executives

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will schedule its next Orientation for Pretrial Executives February 9-13, 2015 in Aurora, Colorado. As the premier training for pretrial leaders, the Orientation engages participants in a comprehensive 40-hour instructor lead course of study aimed at the unique issues, challenges and opportunities within the pretrial field. An experienced and diverse faculty of pretrial, performance management, evidence based practice, and legal experts lead orientation participants through study and discussion on the legal foundations of pretrial justice, professional standards for pretrial release and diversion, legal and evidence-based release and diversion practices, organizational leadership, performance measurement and communication and messaging. Instruction is completely interactive and participants have opportunities throughout the week to work with one another and with faculty to build a long term professional networks. Faculty members and NIC staff also work with and help participants problem solve, through peer interaction and discussion, their individual key challenges.

Registration is open to pretrial release and diversion professionals with decision making responsibilities in a high level management position. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2014. For more information, please go to http://nicic.gov/training/15c3001

Position Announcement: Chief Pretrial Officer

The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (County of Philadelphia, PA) is seeking a Chief Pretrial Officer to head the District’s Pretrial Services Division. The selectee would direct staff supervision and training, policy development, and implementation of court-wide pretrial investigation and supervision programs, among other duties. (See the full position description here). Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, though a Master’s or Juris Doctor Degree is preferred, as is certification from the Pennsylvania Pretrial Services Association and NAPSA. Applicants also must have a thorough knowledge of risk-based supervision, electronic monitoring and bail practices; ten years of professional experience in the field of criminal justice with four served in an administrative or supervisory capacity; equivalent combinations of training and experience providing the characteristics required to perform the essential functions of the class may substitute.

Qualified candidates may apply by submitting a completed application, cover letter and résumé to the Office of Human Resources, Room 668 City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Deadline for application is December 16, 2014.

NIC Virtual Conference: Call for Presentations

NIC’s Academy Division is currently accepting proposals to present workshops for the NIC Virtual Conference 2015: New Directions in Corrections. The Conference will go live June 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM MT to 2:00 PM MT. Join your colleagues as we learn together about current trends and issues in corrections, cutting-edge work in corrections, research-informed programs, and thought-provoking inspirational innovations that promote the best in corrections.

Submission Deadline: February 10, 2015. Before you begin, please review the Call for Presentations in its entirety to ensure that you have the necessary information. Contact Bernie Iszler, NIC Correctional Program Specialist, Academy Division, for more information: biszler@bop.gov Phone: 303-338-6618.


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