Probation and Parole

 

The Justice Clearinghouse covers topics of particular interest and focus for those in the Probation and Parole profession on a regular basis: through the webinars we hold, the articles we write, as well as the articles we curate from other respected sources. 

Begin or enhance your knowledge in ways that will be immediately applicable to your probation or parole career by reviewing some of the information below.

 

Upcoming Webinars

Sara E. Mahoney
01 / 25 / 2018

Probation Officers are assigned the task of investigating and submitting a lengthy report of an offender’s entire history for the Court to make a decision regarding sentencing. The [...]

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Christopher Greenway
Tiffany Marsitto
02 / 06 / 2018

In 2015, Coconino County Adult Probation started a special unit called Advanced Supervision Strategies and EPICS II Team (ASSET). This project incorporated cutting edge evidence-based practices to supervise high-risk and medium-high [...]

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Amy Morgan
02 / 13 / 2018

With so many different personalities in the world around us, it’s sometimes a challenge to distinguish someone who may be “quirky” from someone who may actually [...]

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Employing Background Checks
Michael G. Aamodt
02 / 13 / 2018

In recent years, there has been an increased legal, scientific, and regulatory interest in how employers consider a job applicant’s criminal history and credit history when making employment [...]

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White Nationalists What Justice
Laurie L. Wood
02 / 22 / 2018

The term 'white nationalist' may be new to some, but it's appearing more and more in the headlines as they hold events across the country. Learn about their beliefs, [...]

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The Opioid Prevention and Intervention Intelligence
Al Smith
02 / 22 / 2018

Addressing the Opioid epidemic at scale requires the coordination of health and social services professionals, law enforcement, criminal justice, and academic and government policy experts. These coordination efforts will rely [...]

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Motivational Interviewing
Denise Beagley
03 / 15 / 2018

Motivational interviewing (MI), an evidence-based communication and helping style, has now been implemented across a variety of disciplines, including: medicine, behavioral health, corrections and community corrections, child welfare and others. [...]

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Supervising DV Offender
Sara E. Mahoney
03 / 22 / 2018

Domestic Violence Offenders are often times charismatic, charming and come across as “easily manageable” on the surface to the Probation Officer. With the main goals of supervision [...]

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Report Writing for Justice Professionals
Natasha Terk
04 / 17 / 2018

Report writing can be tedious and time-consuming and oftentimes we write and re-write reports and other documents for hours and they are still not clear and concise!  This webinar [...]

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Effective Use of Teams in Probation & Parole
Tiffany Griffith
Paul Ventura
04 / 24 / 2018

The probation field is difficult to attack alone. Using “supervision teams” is a strategy that has been popularized nationally in the probation field by the increased success of [...]

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Case Supervision Practices
Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart
05 / 03 / 2018

Over the last 20 years, supervision practices in the field of probation have significantly changed in the attempt to assist in positive behavior change in our probationers. We now know that [...]

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Lone Wolf
Laurie L. Wood
05 / 31 / 2018

Lone wolf offenders are some of the most dangerous domestic terrorists today. Examine their trajectory of escalation into violence, common identifiers of eminent race killers and case studies of some [...]

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Verbal De-escalation
Denise Beagley
05 / 31 / 2018

Verbal De-Escalation and Effective Communication is a type of communication intervention. It can be used for people who may be at risk for aggressive or emotional behaviors. By using a [...]

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Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetrators
Tasha Menaker, Ph.D.
06 / 07 / 2018

This webinar provides an overview of the dynamics of sexual assault perpetration, including relationships between victims and offenders, perpetrator characteristics, and sexual coercion tactics. Participants will also learn about the [...]

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Importance and Role of Building Rapport
Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart
08 / 02 / 2018

The field of probation has been implementing evidence-based practices for many years, focusing on community safety and behavior modification of our clients.  Motivational Interviewing and EPICS II are also [...]

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What Probation Needs to Know about Hate Groups
Laurie L. Wood
08 / 09 / 2018

Probation and parole professionals often have more frequent and longer-term contact with members of hate groups than many other areas of law-enforcement. Knowing their beliefs, histories, symbols and other identifiers, [...]

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Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetration
Tasha Menaker, Ph.D.
08 / 30 / 2018

This webinar reviews current sex offender management and treatment strategies, including civil commitment, specialized supervision, sex offender registration, community notification, and residency restrictions. We will discuss the efficacy of these [...]

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Managing Public Criticism
Amy Morgan
09 / 27 / 2018

Public safety personnel, especially those in law enforcement, are receiving public criticism more and more every day about how they’re doing their jobs.  The more we hear, [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Jeff Fox

Public Safety Agencies are faced with a myriad of issues daily. As part of their duty to serve and protect, they need to plan and strategize how to approach these [...]

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Best Practices in Drug Testing
Mark Hendershot

Drug use and abuse are some of the biggest issues of the global community – in the legal and criminal perspective, as well in the scientific and medical point of [...]

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Jeff Fox

Being the first line supervisor is the gateway to being a part of management. Too often, however, associates are promoted to first line supervisor positions without sufficient training or mentorship. [...]

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Paul Ventura
Michelle Hart

Community supervision is an essential and critical component of probation.  It is more than just having clients show up in the office.  However, when a client is in [...]

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Case management systems
George Casey
Steven Gill

Different agencies have different needs, thus the reason for them to maximize and improvise on their limited resources – manpower, technology, systems, and processes. While doing so works most of [...]

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Mark Hendershot

How does your organization ensure they are hiring the right people, with the correct mix of technical and soft skills, who are well suited to the demands of the job, [...]

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Articles

Domestic Violence
Christina McCale

Domestic Violence offenders are unique: their chosen victims are those closest to him or her.  Given this, different kinds of information, lines of questioning and tactics should be considered [...]

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Christina McCale

In 2015, Coconino County Adult Probation started a special unit called Advanced Supervision Strategies and EPICS II Team (ASSET) designed for difficult probationers.  The ASSET program incorporates cutting-edge evidence-based practices [...]

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Drug Testing
Christina McCale

Billions of dollars are spent each year by federal, state and local justice agencies in community corrections, jails, prisons, pretrial release, and specialty courts, but there is little written to [...]

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Brainstorming
Christina McCale

Let's face it, sometimes government agency systems can be... frustrating? daunting to navigate? Some might even say demoralizing to the very people who need the services the most. Clients [...]

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Based on a webinar, this infographic highlights how Arizona began shifting from a culture of detention to a culture of release at the pretrial stage with an emphasis on evidence-based [...]

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Christina McCale

Managing probation clients can be similar to managing employees: it's critical to make a connection with your clients. Such connections can help to set the tone and diretion of [...]

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Choices Graphic
Christina McCale

While community-based supervision is an important part of any probation program, many supervisors could make bigger impacts with their clients by engaging in some simple, evidence-based practices that have been [...]

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Our Subject Matter Experts

Meet the people who present on this topic
Al Smith Profile Photo 2017
Al Smith

Al Smith is a Public Sector Solutions Architect employed by Microsoft.  With over 20 years focused on technology solutions for state and local government, Mr. Smith has championed digital transformation [...]

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Denise Beagley

Denise Beagley, M.Sc. is the Manager of Clinical Initiatives & Training for Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. She has worked within the behavioral [...]

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Natasha Terk - Write It Well
Natasha Terk

Natasha Terk is the managing director of Adcom Designs. She improves communication skills and team dynamics through a relentless focus on each client’s business, brand, and competition. She [...]

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Tiffany Griffith

Tiffany Griffith is a graduate of Remington College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  Ms. Griffith has worked as probation officer for the past 6 years and has [...]

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Tasha Menaker, Ph.D.

Dr. Menaker has an MA in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice. She has been conducting research related to sexual and domestic violence since 2005, with particular focus [...]

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Laurie L. Wood

Laurie Wood joined the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) in November 1991 as a writer/researcher for what is now the Intelligence Project, the investigative arm of the SPLC, and then [...]

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Sara Mahoney
Sara E. Mahoney

Sara Mahoney is entering her twelfth year as a Probation Officer for the Allegany County Probation Department and is currently specialized as a DV Probation Officer, responsible for investigating and [...]

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George Casey
George Casey

George Casey leads the West Region public sector CRM practice at RSM. In this role, he advises clients on both strategic and technology issues important to delivering and implementing case [...]

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Christopher Greenway
Christopher Greenway

Christopher Greenway is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Social Work.  Mr. Greenway began his time at the Adult Probation Department through an internship [...]

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Tiffany Marsitto
Tiffany Marsitto

Tiffany Marsitto is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.  Ms. Marsitto was a probation officer with the City of Flagstaff [...]

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