APPA Nominations Due
The American Probation and Parole Association is seeking nominations for five awards to be presented at the 39th Annual Training Institute Aug. 3-6 in New Orleans. The awards are:
APPA President’s Award: Recognizes exemplary community corrections programs or projects that serve to advance the knowledge, effectiveness and the integrity of the criminal justice system.
Walter Dunbar Memorial Award: Recognizes significant contributions by a practicing professional or retired practitioner in the field of probation and/or parole.
The University of Cincinnati Award: Given to nonpractitioners who have made significant contributions to the field of probation, parole or criminal justice technology. Recipients typically are from an academic research or government agency not engaged in providing probation and parole services.
The Scotia Knouff Line Office of the Year Award: Recognizes a probation, parole or community corrections officer who has performed his or her duties in an outstanding manner or made significant contributions to the profession.
APPA Member of the Year Award: Given to an APPA member of at least one year who has made significant contributions to the organization.
All nominations and supporting documentation are due by May 16.
ICAOS Launches Tracking System
The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision, a CSG affiliate, has launched a new Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System—or ICOTS—VINEWatch Notification System.
The automated system enables crime victims to obtain timely and reliable information 24 hours a day about the status of offenders relocating from one state to another. Victims also will receive notifications about significant compact events involving the offender, including information about the offender’s movement and violations of compact supervision.
The compact is encouraging advocates and criminal justice professionals to reach out to the public and inform them of the new system to observe Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 6-12. For more information, visit www.interstatecompact.org/.
NAST Pinnacle Award
The Shelby County, Tenn., Trustee’s Office was recognized for its positive impact on families through its financial literacy training by the National Association of State Treasurers in January. Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard Jr. presented Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir with the Pinnacle Achievement Award.
“Trustee David Lenoir has led the Shelby County Trustee’s Office to new heights of excellent service to Shelby Countians,” Lillard said. “One of the purposes of the Pinnacle Award is to recognize exceptional achievements in the delivery of financial literacy to citizens. Under the leadership of Trustee David Lenoir, the Shelby County Trustee’s Office has positively impacted families in Shelby County by bringing financial literacy training to almost 1,000 families.”
ICAOS Releases Whitepaper
The Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision, also known as ICAOS, has released a whitepaper regarding compact rules. The whitepaper is the result of several recent cases where courts, prosecuting attorneys and probation or parole officers have discharged the remainder of an offender’s sentence where retaking of the compact offender was mandated. To read the whitepaper, visit The ICAOS website at www.interstatecompact.org.
Broadband in the Midwest
Although broadband Internet access has expanded dramatically in the past decade, some parts of the country still aren’t connected.
In her home state, Sen. Jennifer Shilling said, family-owned dairies in rural Wisconsin have been able to expand product sales well beyond state and even national borders—thanks to having a strong Internet presence. But at the same time, she has talked to emergency responders in rural parts of her district who couldn’t find a nearby Internet connection reliable enough to simply complete a state-mandated certification course.
Read about how legislators in the Midwest are trying to make sure all their constituents are connected to the information superhighway in a recent edition of the Midwestern Legislative Conference’s newsletter, Stateline Midwest, accessible at www.csgmidwest.org/publications/statelinemidwest.aspx.
While the growth of automobile manufacturing in the South has been examined extensively in recent years, there’s another important manufacturing trend well established in the region. Some of the world’s largest tire manufacturers are locating, relocating or expanding their operations in the South. A new policy brief from The Council of State Governments’ Southern Legislative Conference examines the trend and what is drawing these companies to the South. Read the report at http://www.slcatlanta.org.