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The Adult Probation and Parole Department (APPD) serves as the community corrections agency within the Philadelphia Criminal Justice System. APPD staff supervises all probation and/or paroled offenders who receive a county or probationary sentence. Staff improves and maintains public safety by providing services to the courts, protecting the community, providing opportunities to offenders to improve their lives, and assisting victims. Staff also supervises offenders who were convicted in other jurisdictions but live in Philadelphia. Overall, APPD supervises approximately 45,000 offenders and 59,000 cases on an ongoing basis. The mission of the Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department is to protect the community by intervening in the lives of offenders. We hold them accountable by enforcing the orders of the Court. Through a balance of enforcement and treatment strategies, we afford offenders the opportunity to become productive, law-abiding citizens. APPD provides all possible assistance to the victims of the offenders we supervise. The Vision of APPD is to become a leading organization in the field of community supervision by implementing evidence-based strategies
Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Criminal Trial Division
1401 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5
First Wednesday Each Month, 9 am - 7 pm
The Adult Probation and Parole Department is under the administration of Chief Probation and Parole Officer Charles Hoyt who is responsible for assuring that the Department's overall mission and goals are being met. All divisions report directly to him.
|Chief Probation/Parole Officer|
|Darlene V. Miller|
|Gail Thomas, Secretary||215-683-1282||Fax: 215-683-1280|
Personnel: Counseling and advice, record maintenance, information dissemination, and other personnel services are offered through the office of the Chief.
Personnel Issues: The Chief's office facilitates uniform application of work rules, enhanced communication within the Department regarding policy and procedure, implementation of meaningful performance standards and evaluations and issues related to merit based evaluations, accountability and labor relations.
Research: Research and development provides departmental support for independent research activities and meets with local university representatives to generate interest in studying available data related to crime and recidivism. Together with the training and policy development division, research implemented a complete restructuring of the department based on risk. A preliminary evaluation of the risk tool revealed that it is performing as expected in stratifying offenders. An experiment is currently underway to evaluate the effectiveness of cognitive behavior therapy for high risk offenders. The research department is also responsible for analysis of the Weapons Related Injury Surveillance System data which tracks all gunshot victims in the city.
Steven Austin, Director
This division is responsible for personnel issues and facilities and grant management.
PERSONNEL - Counseling and discipline
FACILITIES AND GRANT MANAGEMENT - Several staff who have other duties share the following responsibilities:
Joseph Glackin, Director
This division consists of three(3) Administrative units along with the ARD/Fraud unit.
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION (AS) - The AS units supervise offenders who are predicted by the APPD Risk Tool to not commit any new offenses. The ratio of offender to officer is higher in these units with reduced reporting frequency.
Anthony Aner, Director
This division consists of six (6) Moderate units
GENERAL SUPERVISION (GS) - Six GS units supervise offenders who are predicted to be charged with a new, not serious offense. Offenders supervised by this division report to APPD monthly.
Vincent Fiorentino, Director
This division consists of Five(5) Anti-Violence units and four (4) YVRP units. These units are regionalized.
ANTI-VIOLENCE - five AV units supervise offenders who pose the greatest risk to public safety. They are predicted to be charged with one of the following offenses within two years of their probation start date: murder, attempted murder, rape (or other sex offenses), robbery, or aggravated assault. These units are regionalized and use intensive supervision techniques such as field visits and targeted patrols, as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
YOUTH VIOLENCE REDUCTION PARTNERSHIP (YVRP) - YVRP is a multi-agency effort to reduce violent crimes among high-risk/at-risk juveniles and adults age 24 or younger. YVRP officers conduct Targeted Patrol with Police Officers, visiting homes between 4:00 p.m. and midnight in 12th, 19th, 22nd, 24th and 25th Police Districts. The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) presented its Distinguished Annual Program Award to APPD in 2007 in recognition of the success of YVRP.
Christopher McFillin, Director
This division consists of all court ordered specialties, including Sex Offenders, Intermediate Punishment, Monitored Supervision, Domestic Violence, Out of County/State and Mental Health.
DOMESTIC INTERVENTION - The Domestic Violence unit supervises offenders prosecuted by the Family Violence and Special Victims Unit in the DA's Office. These are chronic, serious domestic violence offenders court-ordered to domestic violence treatment and supervision. All cases with a domestic violence condition are referred to anger management counseling.
FORENSIC INTENSIVE RECOVERY (FIR) - This program was developed in conjunction with the District Attorney, Public Defender and Philadelphia Health Management Corporation. Offenders in this program have the dual diagnosis of drug/mental health problems and are supervised in the FIR unit.
INTERMEDIATE PUNISHMENT (IP) - IP is a probation sentence established by statute intended to divert offenders from state prison. Offenders who have substance abuse problems and are scored in the upper range of the Sentencing Guideline calculation are eligible for IP and their supervision includes inpatient drug and alcohol treatment and house arrest with electronic monitoring.
MENTAL HEALTH - Offenders in this unit are stipulated by the sentencing judge. Offenders have documented psychiatric difficulties and require mental health treatment. This unit works closely with the Court Mental Health Clinic to identify treatment options and develop supervision plans for the offenders. Offenders convicted in Mental Health Court are supervised by the Mental Health unit.
MONITORED SUPERVISION - This unit provides a structured alternative to incarceration for offenders who are monitored electronically and referred for needed treatment. Offenders who violate their monitoring conditions are subject to arrest by the Warrant Unit of Pre-Trial Services.
OUT OF COUNTY/STATE - Offenders who reside in another jurisdiction but are convicted of a criminal offense are supervised by the Probation Department in the county of residence, with administrative monitoring by officers in this unit. APPD receives reports from the supervising jurisdiction, which sometimes requires intervention by our officer. This unit also provides courtesy supervision for offenders that live in Philadelphia but were convicted of a criminal offense in other jurisdictions. Cases are returned to APPD for cause.
SEX OFFENDERS - This unit intensively supervises offenders convicted of sexual offenses. Supervision includes urinalysis, counseling referrals, and monitoring of stay away orders and inappropriate living arrangements. The officers initiate Megan's Law registration for those offenders convicted of designated sex offenses. Female sexual offenders are assigned to one officer to specifically address their issues. Computer technology monitors and blocks internet usage by certain sex offenders.
John Dunn, Director
The Director of this division oversees Intake, Court Mental Health Clinic, DNA Testing, Operations, Prison Population Management, Parole, Community Service, and Center for Adult Education, Reentry and Pre-sentence Investigation Units and victim services.
COMMUNITY SERVICE - This program arranges all Court-ordered community service for offenders so conditioned. APPD has developed well-monitored site placements with responsible organizations. APPD receives reports on hours of service by offender and maintains computerized records of completion.
COURT MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC - Mental health evaluations are ordered by the judiciary to determine the offenders' competency to stand trial and assist in their own defense. Evaluations are also ordered for involuntary commitment cases, amenability to treatment determinations, and special requests from trial Judges. The clinic honors APPD requests for mental health evaluations on supervised offenders and provides training for the judiciary regarding mental health issues.
DNA - DNA samples are collected from offenders convicted of felonies in accordance with Pennsylvania Act 185-2004. Testing is conducted with State Police Standards by a technician from Compliance Oversight Solutions Ideal, LLC, a contracted vendor. The Pennsylvania State Police supplies collection kits and receives the results.
DRUG DETECTION CENTER - APPD operates an on-site drug detection laboratory which is staffed by a contracted vendor. The department has made a concerted effort to drug test only those offenders who would benefit from this service. This has resulted in a reduction in the number of tests and the associated costs.
INTAKE - Intake technicians use Monitor to initiate probation cases for all offenders so sentenced. Case imitation involves briefly interviewing the offender, entering docket information and running the offender risk assessment. All new probation officers do a rotation in this unit as it is the best training ground for understanding the business of probation. Student interns and externs are also assigned there. Unit staff works closely with the Clerk of Quarter Sessions.
OPERATIONS SUPPORT - These specialized technical staff handle the administrative transactions generated by certain frequently-occurring case events.
AVOPP COURT -This court hears all technical violations of probation. These hearings are handled by one probation officer assigned to the Supervision Support Division. This court has greatly streamlined the handling of technical VOPs.
CRASH COURT - This court hears all Gagnon I hearings. These hearings are handled by one probation officer assigned to the Supervision Support Division.
VIOLATION OF PROBATION MANAGEMENT
PAROLE - Parole staff are responsible for the timely issuance of petitions to sentencing Judges based on local parole eligibility rules. The Release Information Network (RIN) is a networked computer application used by APPD and the Public Defender to support the paroling process. The Parole Unit receives and acts on both approved and denied petitions received from sentencing Judges.
PRESENTENCE - Two presentence units are staffed by experienced probation officers, who conduct background investigations examining and evaluating the offender's criminal and psycho-social history. Investigators compose reports for requesting Judges to assist in sentencing.
REENTRY INITIATIVES - The Mayor's Office for the Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE) offers reintegration services to offenders upon their release from prison. This program also provides life-coaches and mentors. APPD staff refers offenders to their job training and placement services.
VICTIM SERVICES UNIT Two probation officers are dedicated to assisting victims of crime. These officers reach out to all victims of sexual offenses and survivors of homicide attempts. They work with victims to compose impact statements which are a part of the presentence report and coordinate services with support agencies.
Kathleen Intenzo, Director
The Director of this Division oversees training, the operations manual, the annual report, and the departments' compliance with state standards, PROB-START, the Probation Case Management System (PCMS), Statistics and Special Projects
SAFE SURRENDER - An on-going initiative of receiving and processing offenders wishing to turn themselves in to clear outstanding warrants.
MONITOR - Monitor is the APPD case management system used by probation officers to enter data on all aspects of case supervision. Managers also use Monitor to audit cases and otherwise oversee the operation of their units. Technically proficient staff maintain liaison with the vendor and conduct ongoing weekly and ad hoc phone conferences to support and improve the program.
PROB-START (Probation Supervision Through Analysis, Research and Training) - An overarching management construct using data from Monitor; started after Monitor had been in use long enough to yield informative results to targeted queries. Management identifies reviews, and acts on trends. The Chief Probation Officer selects a topic of importance in case supervision which is analyzed by the research team. Concurrently, Managers, Supervisors and Officers audit cases for instances of the ProbSTART topic. Group case conferences are held and management and line staff present and explain pertinent cases. Identified practices are lauded or remediated. They serve as the basis for policy development and department-wide training
TRAINING - This multifaceted unit arranges for and conducts training which, among other things, complies with the Pennsylvania Board of Parole and Probation mandate of 40 hours for professional staff and 16 hours for support staff. The Training Unit studies and develops policy for the department. FJD subsidizes, through APPD, certain graduate studies for which training hours are credited
Dr. Ellen Kurtz, Director
The Director of this Division oversees all special projects and research relating to APPD.
SPECIAL PROJECTS AND RESEARCH - Provides APPD with operational and evaluative information not otherwise available. Two degreed professionals conduct fruitful studies and receive support and liaise with the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. With U Penn, the department developed and implemented the APPD Risk Tool which is used to assess the offender risk.
WEAPONS RELATED INJURY SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM (WRISS) - APPD maintains a database of shooting victims in Philadelphia with data from the Philadelphia Police Department. APPD uses these data to identify APPD offenders who were the victim of gun violence and disseminate weekly reports