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2012-02-07 11:25:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett's proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-13 includes increased funding for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole to continue its focus on the successful transition of offenders into society. "One of the most basic responsibilities of government is to protect its residents," Chairman Michael C. Potteiger said today. "This budget will continue to fund positions for parole agents who must be out in the...

2012-01-13 13:20:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight Pennsylvania residents pleaded guilty to welfare fraud and/or were sentenced for their crimes during December, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced today. "It's only fair to taxpayers that scarce public assistance resources are reserved only for those who are truly eligible," Inspector General Kenya Mann Faulkner said. "The cases closed in December will result in nearly $50,000 being returned to the commonwealth."...

2012-01-10 21:38:54

Results from a Rhode Island Hospital study indicate benefits among many drug users A study from Rhode Island Hospital has found that collaborative behavioral management may be effective in reducing substance abuse among convicted marijuana users who are paroled. The findings have important implications for the management of a substantial proportion of the U.S. community correctional population. The study is published in Addiction and is available online in advance of print. In the U.S.,...

2011-11-21 09:00:00

Rates of completion up for parolees and probationers since 2006 WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of adult offenders under community supervision on probation or on parole declined by 1.3 percent during 2010, dropping to about 4.9 million adults at yearend, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today. This marked the second consecutive year of decline in the number of adults under community supervision. Probation is a court-ordered period...

2011-08-08 19:30:03

The use of GPS technology to monitor sex offenders should be viewed as a tool rather than a control mechanism, a team of researchers at Sam Houston State University found in a recent study. In "Examining GPS Monitoring Alerts Triggered by Sex Offenders: The Divergence of Legislative Goals and Practical Applications in Community Corrections," Dr. Gaylene Armstrong and Beth Freeman examined the affects of a state law in Arizona that required the lifelong GPS monitoring of adult sex offenders...

2011-06-02 12:07:00

Program provides rehabilitative care for adjudicated youth. COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa., June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- James Sharp has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Northwestern Academy effective May 30, 2011. Mr. Sharp has had an illustrious career in the juvenile justice field and has served as Chief Probation Officer of the Juvenile Division of the Philadelphia Family Court since 2003. In his new role at NHS Human Services, Mr. Sharp will oversee all operations of...

2011-03-23 10:57:00

MEMPHIS, Tenn., March 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When Tennessee's new DUI bill took effect on January 1st, courts statewide began to ramp up integration of a high-tech alcohol monitoring system to keep tabs on hard core drunk drivers facing charges for a new offense. The alcohol-sniffing anklets, known as SCRAMx (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor), are monitoring offenders 24/7 pretrial to keep the high-risk group from re-offending, and the program is at no cost to the taxpayers....

2011-03-16 00:00:29

JPay Inc takes another RFP from its competitors and leads the industry with it's technological solutions. Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 15, 2011 JPay Inc, the leader in offender related payment and media services, has been awarded an exclusive contract by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections to provide electronic offender payments, release debit cards, offender email, kiosk services and MP3 players to the State's 40,000 offenders and their families. DOC's award allows the...

2010-12-23 00:00:55

BI Incorporated, a leading provider of offender supervision, treatment and training programs for correctional agencies, announces a new sales team that will be led by Thomas Van Houten as vice president of sales. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) December 22, 2010 Since 2005, Van Houten has led BI's eastern U.S. sales efforts. He joined BI as the business development executive for the Mid-Atlantic States in 2001. Previously, he worked with the Philadelphia and Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole...

2010-10-26 11:35:00

BISMARCK, N.D., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has selected North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem's 24/7 Sobriety Program as part of a nationwide study to evaluate the prevalence and impact of SCRAM continuous alcohol anklets. The 18-month study is focusing on best-practice SCRAM programs in an effort to help other agencies considering implementation of the technology. North Dakota's program, first approved by the legislature in...