Dutchess County Justice Transition Center:Special Populations Workgroup

Special Populations Workgroup




The Special Populations Workgroup works directly with special populations consultant, Alternative Solutions Associates, Inc. (ASAI), to determine the best ways to address the needs of Dutchess County’s special inmate populations. Input and guidance from this workgroup and the consultant will contribute to the design of the DCJTC.

The Special Populations Workgroup (SPW) was created to enlist individuals with specific skill sets, professional expertise and involvement in the criminal justice system to provide assistance to ASAI as they study programmatic opportunities for inmates that impact the jail. Work sessions will address complex issues and obstacles, review sensitive materials, and learn from individuals in the jail and the criminal justice system. Meetings are confidential in order to provide opportunities for those who have been in the criminal justice system to be open and candid.

The workgroup meets monthly. Updates and progress reports are provided at the meetings of the External Advisory Group and the Criminal Justice Council. SPW meeting minutes can be viewed HERE. Click HERE to see the work of the Special Populations Workgroup.  Click HERE to see a report issued to the Special Populations Workgroup.  

This workgroup is a subcommittee of the Dutchess County Criminal Justice Council and is chaired by Jonathan Heller, Pre-Trial Supervisor, Dutchess County Office of Probation & Community Corrections.

Members of the Special Populations Workgroup include:

Bill Grady Dutchess County District Attorney
Sam Busselle Community Advocate
Gary Christensen Data Consultant for the CJC and former Dutchess County Jail Administrator
Shirley Adams Executive Director, Catharine Street Community Center
Steve Miccio Executive Director, PEOPLe, Inc.
Marty Lynch Director of Programming, Project M.O.R.E., Inc.
Hon. Frank Mora Judge, City of Poughkeepsie
Thomas Pape Chief, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department
Kevin Warwick Special Populations Workgroup Consultant, Alternative Solutions Associates, Inc.
Margaret Hirst Deputy Commissioner, Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health
Tom Angell Dutchess County Public Defender
George Krom Dutchess County Jail Adminstrator
Mark Sasvary Director of Clinical Services, Hudson Valley Mental Health
Mary Ellen Still Director, Dutchess County Office of Probation & Community Corrections

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