Union County Pre-Sentencing Assessment/STTL Supervision

Union County Community Corrections

Increased communication between disciplines and expansion of service and treatment options aims to reduce the number of offenders sent to state prison from Union County.

Correctional

Justice Reinvestment

Specialized Caseload

Supervision

Problem Icon Problem

PROBLEMATIC BEHAVIOR OR ACTIVITY

This program was developed as part of Justice Reinvestment, a statewide effort to reduce prison use after a nearly 50 percent increase in Oregon’s incarceration rate from 2000 to 2010. In an effort to reduce the number of people Union County sends to state prison, the county chose to maximize the number of approved short-term transitional leave applicants, increase communication between parole and probation officers and the District Attorney’s office regarding downward departures, and expand service and treatment options available to offenders under community supervision.

IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY

Without intensive supervision, this population is are more likely to continue to victimize citizens in the community.

Solution Icon Solution

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Offenders receiving downward departures or reentering the community through short-term transitional leave (STTL) are placed under intensive supervision and receive programming that includes cognitive behavioral therapy and day reporting. Those on STTL also have access to transitional housing. The goal of the program is a high frequency of contact and a balance of sanctions and services in order to change behavior and prevent future recidivism. For someone entering the program pre-sentencing, a screening assessment is conducted and information is shared between the District Attorney’s office and the adult parole and probation office regarding the defendant’s appropriateness for community supervision. Offenders determined to qualify for a downward departure are required to enter the intensive supervision program for six months at the beginning of their original supervision plan based on their sentence.

BASED ON RESEARCH

FUNDING

This program is funded by a $178,484 grant through the state’s 2015-17 Justice Reinvestment Grant Program. This grant supports personnel, jail beds, and transitional housing.

Outcome Icon Outcome

PROGRAM IMPACT

Proposed outcomes include:

  • Increase in offenders successfully completing programming and treatment
  • Increase in downward departures granted
  • Increase in STTL applicants accepted
  • Decrease in recidivism rates
  • Decrease in county prison usage