News Release

Community Corrections Conference in Austin
For Immediate Release: 01/27/2010

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) will welcome up to 500 probation, parole and community corrections professionals to Austin, Texas for its 2010 Winter Training Institute – January 31 to February 3, 2010 at the Hilton Austin, 500 East Fourth St.

Judge Robert Francis, Presiding Judge over the Dallas 4C SAFPF ReEntry court, will give the keynote address at the Institute’s Opening Session on Sunday evening, January 31st at 6:00 p.m. In an effort to reduce recidivism, Judge Francis started the first Re-Entry court in the State of Texas in February of 2001. This court was designed to ensure that addicts who have received rehabilitative treatment in the penitentiary are monitored and supervised once they are released from prison. This court’s success in reducing crime has brought it state and national acclaim.

APPA is also pleased to welcome Mr. Tony Fabelo, Director of Research for the Council of State Government’s Justice Center, for its Plenary Session address to attendees on Monday morning, February 1st at 8:30 a.m. Mr. Fabelo is an expert in the field of correctional system reforms and has worked with numerous states on these issues.

Our final guest speaker will be Mr. Jake Greene, author of Whoa, My Boss Is Naked! A Career Book for People Who Would Never Be Caught Dead Reading A Career Book, at the Closing Session on Wednesday, February 3rd at 9:00 a.m. Mr. Greene will address the intersection of social networking and professional networking, managing young professionals, and offers insights for Gen X and Baby Boomer bosses looking to adapt to the needs of their changing workforce.

The conference offers over 40 educational sessions to attendees on a wide variety of topics including evidence based policies and practices, supervising sex offenders in the community, victim impact panels and cultural diversity issues in community supervision to name only a few. The conference also offers a professional development tour of the Travis County Juvenile Probation Department.

The conference will also host an exhibit hall filled with the most up-to-date technology and information to probation, parole and community corrections professionals. Computer monitoring, ignition interlocks and GPS tracking are just a few of the products that will be on hand during exhibit hours on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, January 31-February 2. Access to the exhibit hall will be made available to members of the media upon request. Please contact Diane Kincaid at dkincaid@csg.org for any media questions or requests during the conference.