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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.

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.


  • 845-486-2600
  • 845-486-2676
  • Criminal Justice Council
    Dutchess Family Court Building
    50 Market Street
    Poughkeepsie NY 12601

Members of the Special Populations Workgroup include:

Jonathan Heller Chairperson, Principal Probation Officer, Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections
Kevin Warwick Special Populations Workgroup Consultant, Alternative Solutions Associates, Inc.
Shirley Adams Executive Director, Catharine Street Community Center
Thomas Angell Public Defender
Jason Bailor Lexington Center for Recovery
Samuel Busselle Community Advocate
Dr. Gary Christensen CJC Consultant, Justice Solutions, Inc., Corrections Partners, Inc.
Toni-Marie Ciarfella, Ph.D., LCSWR, MPA DC Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs
William Eckert, LCSW-R, CASAC Director of Behavioral Health Clinical Services, DBCH
William Grady District Attorney
Martin Lynch Director of Programming, Project M.O.R.E.
Crystal Marr Hudson River Health Care
Michael Miano Hudson Valley Mental Health/FSI
Steve Miccio Executive Director, PEOPLe, Inc.
Lt. Winnie Milkovich Dutchess County Jail
Honorable Frank Mora City of Poughkeepsie Judge
Chief Thomas Pape City of Poughkeepsie Police Department
Dr. Kelly Ramsey Hudson River Health Care
Charles Robitaille Unit Administrator, Jail-Based Services, DBCH
Mary Ellen Still Director, Office of Probation and Community Corrections


Special Populations Workgroup Meeting Minutes