On behalf of the U.S. Pretrial Services Agency & the U.S. Probation Office of the Central District of California, in partnership with the Federal Probation & Pretrial Officers Association, we are proud to announce and welcome you to the 2nd Biannual “National Conference on Information Technology in U.S. Pretrial Services & U.S. Probation!”
Two years ago, we stated that “never before has information technology (IT) been so ingrained in our personal and professional existence,” and this continues to be true. With each year that passes, the diverse technology we use changes, morphs, grows, and impacts us in ways that we often don’t fully understand or even appreciate. Much of the information we receive on a national basis is piecemeal... some here at a conference, some there at a meeting, some in emails, some on web sites, and the list goes on. Hence the ongoing importance for hosting this cutting-edge conference.
The National Conference on IT in U.S. Pretrial Services & U.S. Probation once again seeks to bring “it” all together in one venue, one forum, one major opportunity to share, to learn, and to experience the now and the future. This year’s theme, “Where History Meets the Future - Understanding & Optimizing Current Technology While Looking Behind and Planning Ahead” may be wordy, but it engenders the broad scope of where we have been and where we are going as a system and a society. The historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel provides a backdrop of our nation’s past going back nearly a hundred years, having hosted past presidents, royalty, actors/actresses, and notable historical events. Our conference provides the setting for our now and our future. General sessions, labs, workshops, and seminars will pack the 3 ½ day agenda. From the very technical to the very user-friendly, we intend to cover it all and make this one of the most comprehensive IT opportunities ever made available for Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, Systems Administrators, IT staff, and even officers and support staff with specific interest in today’s and tomorrow’s technology.
While this conference will primarily cover information & systems technology and practices at the forefront of pretrial and probation operations, we believe that some judges and other court unit staff may appreciate the experience as well. We welcome their interest and participation. We will also reach out to our judicial officers who sit on the major IT committees at the circuit and judicial conference levels, as well as the Assistant Circuit Executives for IT and AO IT committee staffers.
So, whether it be topics on the management and administration of IT, the “nuts and bolts” of the varied technologies that we now...and will...use in our daily jobs and lives, or technical and non-technical training, we intend for this conference to offer “it” all. We also look forward to hosting a large number of IT exhibitors and vendors, without whose sponsorship, the depth and breadth of this conference would not be possible. Please visit our Sponsor page for more information about who will be joining us in the event’s IT Expo Hall.
It has been noted that the U.S. Pretrial Services and U.S. Probation system has become one of the most highly "technologically astute & proficient" criminal justice systems in our nation, if not the world. From the use of mobile-computing strategies that include various state of the art hand-held devices, to varied off the shelf and custom data bases, to high-tech GPS-based location monitoring systems for defendants/offenders, computer monitoring and much, much more, our system is consistently on the cutting edge of identifying, researching and utilizing advanced technology. All of this is done in a responsible effort to streamline our efforts, while helping us make more effective and efficient decisions in serving the Federal Courts and supervising federal criminal defendants and offenders.
We expect more than 500 participants representing most, if not all, of our 94 federal judicial districts from throughout the United States. This will be an extraordinary event, and we hope you will not miss it. Please join us! Finally, we hope you find this event website easy to navigate and utilize. If you have questions or need additional information, please don’t hesitate to call our event information line at 213-894-4373.
George M. Walker
Chief U.S. Pretrial Services Officer
Chief U.S. Probation Officer