News Release

Over 400 Probation and Parole Professionals to Attend Conference in Myrtle Beach
For Immediate Release: 02/02/2009
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The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is pleased to hold its 2009 Winter Training Institute at the Kingston Plantation, 9800 Queensway Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC on February 8-11, 2009. Attendees will convene from across the U.S. for over 40 Workshops, an Exhibit Hall with the most up-to-date technologies used to supervise offenders in the community on topics such as offender workforce development and alternatives to juvenile detention.

With over FIVE MILLION ADULTS under probation or parole supervision in the U.S. at the end of 2007, the work of probation and parole officers, supervisors and administrators is vitally important to the safety of our communities. This Training Institute is an opportunity for attendees to learn about new ways to approach issues such as supervising diverse populations, using cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing techniques to help offenders help themselves to better behaviors and lifestyles and maintaining safety in the field. Budget cuts are putting a severe strain on community corrections’ funding and attendees will be able to network with and exchange ideas on how to weather these deficits from other professionals in the country.

Attendees will also have several opportunities to see and learn about supervision technologies such as Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) tracking, non-invasive alcohol monitoring and treatment services for offenders. Members of the media are invited to visit the Expo during the following hours: Sunday, February 8 – 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; Monday, February 9 – 10:00 am to 11:00 am, 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

In addition to these activities, APPA will also present several prestigious awards to deserving individuals and programs during General Sessions on Sunday evening and Monday morning. During this conference, APPA will also sponsor a fund-raising campaign for the South Carolina Friends of Juvenile Justice - a not for profit foundation that collaborates with others to provide resources, attention and care to at-risk and incarcerated youth. Please notify Diane Kincaid at (859) 244-8196 if you would like to attend a workshop or gain access to our exhibit hall prior to your arrival.