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June 20, 2018
Mark A. Sherman, Matt DeLisi, Katherine Tahja, Michael Elbert

In this episode of Off Paper, Chief Elbert, Assistant Deputy Chief Katherine Tahja (S.D. Iowa), and Professor Matthew DeLisi of Iowa State University discuss the work of the Chiefs Research Group, research projects currently underway in several districts, and the role of empirical research generally in federal probation and pretrial practice.

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April 5, 2018

This episode of Off Paper is a conversation with Doug Burris about innovation and leadership in the criminal justice system. Mr. Burris has served for 17 years as the Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri.

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October 30, 2017

With the goal of fostering stronger cooperation between the Hawaiian federal and state judicial systems when dealing with the concurrent supervision of offenders, the United States Probation Office for the District of Hawaii, the Adult Client Services Branch of the Hawaii Judiciary, and the Hawaii Paroling Authority entered into the attached Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). 

May 16, 2017

Chronic substance use and mental health disorders are common problems for individuals in the criminal justice system. Alone or together, and sometimes in conjunction with other risk factors, these disorders can drive behavior that results in violation of supervision conditions or even in new criminal conduct. To deal with these problems, probation and pretrial offices services offices in the nation’s 94 U.S. district courts maintain contracts with treatment providers. Sometimes these offices can also supplement contract services with community-based treatment.

April 13, 2017

Holistic defense is also called community-oriented defense, therapeutic defense, or holistic advocacy. Whatever the name, its purpose is to solve underlying social and environmental problems that may have contributed to an individual's involvement in crime. It does this by emphasizing teamwork, partnerships with other criminal justice stakeholders, and identification and mitigation of collateral consequences. By doing this, defense attorneys hope to improve public safety by helping clients avoid involvement in the criminal justice system and reducing recidivism.

March 20, 2017
October 27, 2015
Stephen E. Vance

This guide provides an overview of special conditions of supervised release and probation restricting computer and Internet use in an effort to protect the public from cybercrime, including child pornography offenses.

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April 1, 2002
Mark A. Sherman

Special Needs Offenders Close-up, April 2002 -- This follow-up to Special Needs Offenders: Introduction to Cyber Crime (September 2000) updates the field on federal legislative and law enforcement news related to cyber crime and cyber terrorism. In addition, experienced probation and pretrial services officers describe cyber crime investigation and supervision initiatives and practices.

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September 1, 2001
Mark A. Sherman

Special Needs Offenders Bulletin, Issue number 7 -- Describes investigation, sentencing, and supervision unique to federal women defendants and offenders --particularly those with young children. It provides statistics on women in the federal criminal justice system, including those under post-sentence supervision. Relevant sentencing guidelines, institutional recommendation by the court, special conditions, the effect of criminal activity on receipt of welfare benefits, and use of community resources are highlighted.

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February 1, 2001
Mark A. Sherman

Special Needs Offenders Bulletin, Issue number 6 -- Describes the challenges to the federal judiciary posed by complex white-collar crime. Explains what white-collar crime is and who commits it, characteristics of individual offenders, issues and tools for investigation and supervision, badges of fraud, organizational sentencing, supervision techniques, and resources for technical assistance. Job aids include questions for self-employed defendants and offenders, an investigation/supervision checklist, interviewing techniques, and tips for supervising complex organizations.

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