About the Chief: Robert Malvestuto

Mr. Malvestuto, a life-long Philadelphian, began his career at the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas, Adult Probation and Parole Department on June 26, 1972. Mr. Malvestuto holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Thomas Edison State College. In addition, he completed the Executive Development Program for Chief Executive Officers at Sam Houston State University in participation with the National Institute of Corrections.

During his tenure with the Adult Probation and Parole Department, Mr. Malvestuto has held several progressively responsible positions culminating with his appointment as Co-Chief in 1998, then Chief Probation and Parole Officer in 2007.

In addition to the day to day responsibilities that go along with the supervision of nearly 400 employees and 45,000 offenders, Mr. Malvestuto has been involved in a number of projects outside the Department. During the late 1990's, he served on the Youth Violence Reduction Project with Public/Private Ventures and the Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition Steering Committee. He was appointed to and is still a member of the city-wide Youth Violence Reduction Partnership Steering Committee. He was also a member of the Nationwide Reinventing Probation Council, a project of the Manhattan Institute of New York and the Center for Civic Innovation, whose work lead to the production of the national monograph "Transforming Probation Through Leadership; The Broken Windows Model." In 2002 he then became a member of the Philadelphia Offender Consensus Process which produced a report on parole reentry entitled "They're Coming Back' and Action Plan for Successful Reintegration that Works for Everyone". Mr. Malvestuto served on the Advisory Council which overseen the implementation of the report's strategies. In 2003 and 2004 he was Co-Chair of the Pre & Post Release Subcommittee, for which he co-authored the published report "A Coordinated Reentry Plan for Philadelphia County Inmates." In 2010 he co-authored "Low-Intensity Community Supervision for Low-Risk Offenders: A Randomized, Controlled Trial" recently published in the Journal of Experimental Criminology.

In the spring of 2009, Chief Malvestuto oversaw the complete reorganization of the department using an actuarial risk tool developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Using this tool, offenders are categorized as low, moderate, or high risk depending on their likelihood of committing a new serious offense. The departmental reorganization has shifted resources from those offenders least likely to commit a new serious offense to those most likely to do so in order to maximize the department's impact on public safety. The Chief has also introduced a thorough management tool, PROB-START, which holds Directors and Supervisors accountable for the operations within their units through monthly reviews of statistical packets of information on contacts, new arrests and a myriad of other measures.

Mr. Malvestuto is an active member in numerous professional organizations including the American Probation and Parole Association; The National Association for Probation Executives; the Fraternal Order of Police-Criminal Investigators Lodge, the Pennsylvania County Chiefs Association; the Pennsylvania Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections and a previous member of the National Association for Court Management

During the 1990's, the Sam Houston State University presented the members of the Reinventing Probation Council with their annual practitioners award of which Mr. Malvestuto was an original member. In 1997 Mr. Malvestuto was the award recipient for Outstanding Service to Law Enforcement from the Fraternal Order of Police - Criminal Investigators Lodge. In 2007 he was honored by the American Probation and Parole Association. More recently, in 2010, he was the recipient of the Dan Richard Beto award for his service to the Probation Profession which was presented by the National Association of Probation Executives.