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Peter Kiers Retires after 28 Years at CJA

Posted on May 11, 2017

Peter Kiers Retires after 28 Years at CJA

Peter C. Kiers, Associate Director for Operations, retired on March 31, 2017, after 28 years at the helm of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency’s (CJA) largest department. The training room at CJA’s central office, which Peter created, was named the “Peter C. Kiers Training Center” in his honor.

Peter had responsibility for administration of citywide pretrial services including development, management and assessment of all Agency operations; enhancement of Agency programs; staff development & training; labor relations; implementation of intra-agency quality control measures and staff training programs; analysis of operational effectiveness; and budgetary planning and analysis. During his tenure he implemented the use of computerized pretrial interviews; worked with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in creating a criminal history summary containing data pertinent to CJA’s  release recommendation ; oversaw the creation of failure-to-appear units in Queens, Brooklyn, and most recently in the Bronx and Manhattan; computerized the court-date notification telephone call system; and expanded to four boroughs the Bail-Expediting Program that seeks to expedite bail-making for those with low bails.

In addition, he participated in the Office of Court Administration (OCA) training program for newly appointed judges. Peter has served on the Board of NYAPSA since 1995, and will remain active in NYAPSA in his retirement. He is a NYAPSA past president and recipient of the NYAPSA 2006 Olgiati Award. He was instrumental in getting the State of New York to review and approve standards for pretrial practice in New York, and in obtaining a BJA Technical Assistance Grant to survey the NYS “state of pretrial practice” through a statewide survey and focus groups. The goal of this project was to bring best practices and standards implementation to all counties, and to introduce a process of accreditation through outreach and education.

Another  major accomplishment include serving as a member of the Board of the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) from 2000 to 2012, serving as NAPSA president from 2009-2012, and serving on NAPSA’s Pretrial Standards Committee, where he contributed to completion of the present edition of the NAPSA Pretrial Release Standards. In 2014 the Association awarded Peter the national Olgiati Award, the highest national pretrial award, for is deep commitment to the advancement of pretrial services.

In addition, Peter has served on the New York County Lawyers' Association Criminal Courts Task Force and sub-committees investigating issues concerning arraignment and pretrial release, and interagency cooperation;  a member of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Pretrial Network and visited China in 2013 and 2014 as part of a visiting delegation of pretrial professionals with the U.S. – Asia Law Institute at NYU Law School to present pretrial law, standards and best practices to Chines legal scholars.

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