ANNOUNCEMENT: TRAINING SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE
Strategic Planning to Address the Challenges of Continuity Facing Paroling Authorities, May 20-21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio
(Immediately Following the APAI Annual Training Conference)
The National Parole Resource Center (NPRC) a partnership of the Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP), the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI), and the Urban Institute, supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is pleased to announce a workshop entitled Strategic Planning to Address the Challenges of Continuity Facing Paroling Authorities. This session will be conducted on May 20-21, 2015 immediately following the Association of Paroling Authorities International Annual Training Conference at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. Faculty will be drawn from the National Parole Resource Center and the Urban Institute.
The NPRC was established to address the documented and significant need that exists for resources and an accessible knowledge base available for a critical group of justice system practitioners – paroling authorities. The NPRC was established to provide state paroling authorities with the kind of information, guidance, and support on best practices or evidence emerging from the research needed to strengthen and make the work of state paroling authorities more effective within the larger context of the criminal justice system.
This workshop will support participating paroling authority members to begin the development of a strategic approach to continuity planning. The specific goals of the session are to:
· Share information on the ten “Practice Targets” articulated for paroling authorities by the National Parole Resource Center—and how those targets offer specific assets to allow paroling authorities to anticipate and assure continuity through the inevitable turnover experienced by boards;
· Assist participating paroling authority members to inventory their own jurisdiction’s progress on these targets—and how that progress can continue and be strengthened;
· Anticipate the challenges they will be facing regarding continuity; and
· Assist participating members to develop a set of “next steps” to enhance progress toward the Ten Practice Targets, with special attention to the ways in which that progress can support continuity in their own jurisdiction’s paroling authority operations.
NPRC to Sponsor Scholarships for a Limited Number of Parole Board Members and Potentially Other Staff
The NPRC is pleased to announce that the project will support the participation of at least one Parole Board member from up to 30 different U.S. non-federal/military paroling authorities. The intent of the NPRC is to ensure broad- based, nationwide participation in this event. However, if applications are not received from 30 individual parole boards, the project will fill remaining slots with an additional board member, a hearing officer, or a senior staff member, from boards with one member already participating. These decisions will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Support for these 30 participants will be in the form of “scholarships” available to pay the costs of transportation, lodging, and per diem for this event. Because this event will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20 and conclude at noon on Thursday, May 21, one night of lodging will be provided (Wednesday, May 20.) Please note that the room rate at the training hotel exceeds the federal per diem rate, and as such participants or their sponsoring agencies will be required to pay $26 toward their lodging expenses. While the provision of food and lodging will cover this workshop only, transportation can be arranged so as to allow for attendance at the entire APAI Annual Training Conference. (Conference registration fees and additional food and lodging costs for the remainder of the APAI conference are not covered by the NPRC scholarship.)
In order to be eligible for a scholarship to this event, a nominated candidate must be a member or staff of a state parole board or releasing authority within the United States; and must commit to attend the workshop in its entirety. In the event that not all scholarship opportunities are sought, remaining slots will be assigned to a second participant from applying paroling authorities, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Boards may make up to two nominations:
· First, for the available scholarship opportunity—they should nominate one Board member;
· A second nomination may also be made (for an additional board member, a hearing officer, or a senior staff member), to take advantage of the opportunity in the event another scholarship becomes available. The deadline for receipt of the letters of application is Wednesday, March 4, 2015, however, applications will be accepted earlier than March 4 (as soon as this notice is posted), and considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Final selection decisions will be made by March 6, 2015. Potential participants should not make any travel arrangements to travel to the workshop without notification of final selection from the NPRC.
How to Apply
In order to apply, applicants need only submit the names, titles, and email addresses of interested nominee(s) to: Leilah Gilligan, NPRC Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Strategic Planning Workshop at APAI” by March 4, 2015. Successful applicants will be asked to register for the workshop on line after being notified. Please contact Leilah Gilligan with questions via email or by phone at 301-589-9383.
 PLEASE NOTE: This event will be convened pending final approval from BJA, which is anticipated, but has not yet been confirmed. Until final approval is received, scholarship recipients may not make their travel arrangements. Successful scholarship recipients will be notified of their selection and when travel arrangements can be made.