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Understanding the PA Parole System April 22

  • 8:00 am - 2:45 pm
  • Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom

Understanding the Pennsylvania State Parole System: Western Regional Symposium for Criminal Justice Professionals

Duquesne University School of Law is proud to present a one-day symposium about the Pennsylvania state parole system. The seminar will provide a practical overview of the system and discuss current issues. The event is designed for judges, prosecuting attorneys, public defenders, victim advocates, law enforcement, and state and county probation and parole administrators.


8:00 a.m.    Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Welcome
Ken Gormley, Dean of Duquesne University School of Law
9:00 a.m. Remarks
The Honorable Jeffrey A. Manning, President Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
9:15 a.m.

Michael C. Potteiger, Chairman, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole

Parole Decision Making
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole Board Members John Tuttle and Leslie Grey, and Board Secretary Kimberly Barkley, and Office of Victim Advocate Victim Assistance Director Pennie Hockenberry

The decision to grant or deny parole is a complex process of evaluating static and dynamic factors about an offender to determine whether or not the risk to re-offend has been reduced. This presentation provides an in-depth review of the parole decision making process, the role of victim input and a review of conditions of parole.

10:15 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Parole Decision Making (continued)
11:30 a.m.

Parole Supervision and Community Reintegration
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole Deputy Executive Director Cynthia L. Daub and Deputy Executive Director Daniel D. McIntyre, and Director of the Bureau of Offender Reentry Richard Podguski

To be effective in reducing recidivism, supervision agencies must find the right combination of monitoring/ surveillance and case management. Solid supervision includes problem solving case management to reduce the offender's likelihood (risk) to re-offend using proven strategies.

12:30 p.m.                       Lunch on your own
1:45 p.m.

Parole Violations and Revocations
Chief Hearing Officer Jim Fox

The decision to revoke parole is as important as the decision to parole. This presentation will explain the parole violation and revocation process, offender's due process rights and the changes to the management of technical parole violators per Act 122 of 2012.

2:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole Chairman Michael C. Potteiger

Continuing Legal Education

As an accredited Pennsylvania CLE provider, Duquesne University School of Law is pleased to offer four hours of substantive continuing legal education credits for the symposium.

The program is free for attendees not seeking CLE credit.

A $30 fee applies to public service attorneys, assistant district attorneys and legal staff, and county and state probation and parole field agents seeking CLE credit.
A $60 fee applies to private attorneys seeking CLE credit.


Registration is required. E-check and credit cards (Visa, MC and Discover) are accepted online at time of registration, or payment can be made at the door (cash, check or credit cards noted above) after online registration.


Event Location

The program will be held in the ballroom of Duquesne University's Power Center, which is conveniently located at the entrance to campus on Forbes Avenue, a short walk from downtown and easily accessed by public transportation. Parking will be available across the street from the Power Center in the Forbes Avenue Garage. A rate of $12 for the day will apply for symposium participants.

A continental breakfast will be provided. Participants will have a number of nearby options for lunch on their own.

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Contact cle@duq.edu or call 412.396.2462.