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2014 Annual Conference Details

NOTE – Hotel has extended reservation deadline to

September 19

The next OAPSA Conference is scheduled for October 2, 2014.  This will again be in conjunction with a Pretrial Services training sponsored by the Ohio Supeme Court Judicial College that will be held the next day, October 3, 2014.  

Details for October 2: 

11:30-12:00             Registration

12:00-12:45             Lunch & Welcome

 12:45-4:00    Strategies for Effective Pretrial Supervision   

                Presenter: Melanie Lowencamp, EBP trainer and Coach

The professional relationship we have with our pretrial clients matters.   It affects our ability to motivate and to impact compliance with release conditions and return to court.

Developing a strong supervision alliance with defendants is a critical skill for pretrial officers.  This alliance impacts not only the pretrial stage, but the clients’ entire adjudication process, as the pretrial stage is often the point when a defendant makes the decision as to whether he/she will appropriately engage in the process. 

Through lecture and interaction attendees will learn pretrial specific skills – including pretrial role clarification, court appearance and risk mitigation plans and effective use of authority – that will assist them in improving pretrial supervision success rates. 

In addition, representatives of an Ohio pretrial program will talk about their experience in implementing the STEPS program in the field.  

 4:15         Annual OAPSA Business Meeting,  immediately followed by Release and Diversion Roundtable Discussions during the hotel’s Manager’s Reception

 APPROVED for 3 COB Hours

Registration fee is $90.00.  You must register separately (using the registration form at the right) from the Supreme Court training to be held October 3, 2014. 

 Details for October 3: 

Pretrial Detention and Risk Assessment – the Newest Findings from the Field.

Judicial College of the Supreme Court of Ohio

8:00 Registration

8:55 – 4:15 Program (includes lunch)


  • National Association of Pretrial Services Association Representative
  • Tara Boh Klute – Kentucky Pretrial Services
  • Stephanie Starr – Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

The day will begin with a discussion, led by a NAPSA representative of the new and disturbing results from a recent national study done by The Arnold Foundation on the effects of pretrial detention. 

 Driven by these results, the Arnold Foundation employed leading pretrial risk researchers to develop a pretrial risk instrument that determines risk for Failure to Appear and rearrest while on bond. 

The State of Kentucky served as a test site for this new risk instrument.   Ms. Klute will describe Kentucky’s implementation of the new instrument and the 6 month follow up results. 

The day will conclude with the presenters discussing how these findings relate to Ohio. Ms. Starr will report on the current status of the Ohio Risk Assessment System Pretrial Assessment Tool (ORAS-PAT)

Registration is free and will soon be available at:  http://www.judicialecademy.ohio.gov




The 2013 conference, held in November to celebrate our 20th Anniversary was a great success. 

Based on attendee evaluations, the Trauma Presentation was interesting, useful and effective.   Our membership meeting was productive, giving us all an update on statewide pretrial issues.  We also nominated an outstanding slate of officers.   A pre-dinner social hour was followed by the highlight of the day, dinner with special guest Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy.  Justice Kennedy gave an impassioned speech that made clear the integral role that Pretrial Services plays in the criminal justice system.  Below are some excerpts from her speech:

 …..Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist wrote, “In our society, liberty is the norm, and detention prior to trial and without trial is the carefully limited exception. 

        While the individuals who make the decision between liberty and detention are the judiciary, it is you, all of you and the services that you provide that aid in the decision process and protect the community through supervision.   …….  Moreover, because of your service, the individualized decisions of the judiciary brings an unparalleled level of equality and fairness into the justice system. 

           When the decision about taking away a person’s liberty is based solely on the person and not just the name of the crime charged, you give life to our Constitutional freedoms, our view of liberty, and enhance the unique perspective of our American justice system…….

             Beyond enhancing the equality and fairness of the justice system, you also personally improve the life of the people you serve…….. You have the ability and power to change lives.  Will you? ……

            I foresee that the need for pretrial services officers will continue to grow in Ohio.  As we seek to find alternatives to incarceration pre and post-trial the experience and expertise you have will help shape the programs of tomorrow. 

            In conjunction with that growth, technological advancements, will reshape your role and assist you in your duties……..    As you look to the future, what do you see?  What will you do?  For it is you who will shape the future of Ohio.  

            In conclusion, let me say on behalf of the 723 judges across Ohio thank you. 

The next day of the conference “Evidence-Based Pretrial Services and Ohio Law” was conducted by the Judicial College of The Supreme Court of Ohio.   We extend our sincere thanks to The Judicial College and its Court Personnel Education and Training Committee for partnering with OAPSA on this and many past workshops.  

    ORAS PAT On Line Training is Now Available

The Pretrial Assessment Tool (ORAS PAT) was designed to be quick to administer, but at the same time be predictive of both a defendant’s failure-to-appear and risk of violating pretrial release with a new arrest. This tool should be assessed at time of arrest/jail and aids in bail, release and formal supervision decisions.  The Pretrial Assessment Tool was designed to seamlessly contribute to more comprehensive assessments at later stages of the criminal justice system (probation, intake classification, and community release following incarceration).

The ORAS PAT on line training is now available for potential end users to become certified.  The training is available at http://www.drc.ohio.gov/web/oras.htm (the ORAS page on the ODRC website).  In order to participate in the training, participants must apply for View-Only Access to the Ohio Risk Assessment System on the ODRC Gateway.  Contact your Site Administrator or the ODRC Help Desk for an External User System Access Request Form.  You can contact the ODRC Information Service Center (Help Desk) by e-mail (DRC.InfoServCtr@odrc.state.oh.us), fax(614-752-2943), or telephone 866-277-0010 (toll free).  The Help Desk Staff can also assist you with any trouble you may have accessing the training site.

Participants may be credited with 3 Changing Offender Behavior Training Hours.

When an individual passes the test, a certificate will be sent via e-mail from the DRC Corrections Training Academy.  The staff member must then submit a second External User System Access Request Form along with the User Certification, requesting Enter/Update access to the ODRC Gateway.

The certification will be effective for three (3) years, there will be a recertification process. 





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