Problematic Behavior or Activity
This program was developed as part of Justice Reinvestment, a statewide effort to reduce prison utilization after a nearly 50% increase in Oregon’s prison rate between 2000 and 2010. In order to meet the goals of Justice Reinvestment, Malheur County sought to increase the number of defendants offered downward departures to community supervision rather than prison and the number of Short Term Transitional Leave applicants accepted by the county.
Impact on the Community
Repeat criminal behavior and substance abuse increases victimization within the community. In Ontario, Malheur County’s largest city, the total reported crime rate is 82.66 per 1,000 residents. The property crime rate is 75.43 per 1,000 residents.
Malheur County’s Justice Reinvestment Supervision program is a comprehensive treatment and supervision program for offenders with a history of substance abuse and/or property crimes, as well as those that qualify for a downward departure or Short Term Transitional Leave. Once in the program, the offender is placed on intensive supervision and receives wrap-around services including alcohol and drug treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, mental health treatment and assistance with basic needs. STTL offenders are also provided safe, clean and sober housing until they become employed and engaged in treatment.
For those entering the program pre-sentencing, qualifying defendants are assessed and there is consultation between Parole and Probation and the DA’s office regarding the offender’s appropriateness for community supervision.
Based on Research
- Use of validated risk assessment tool
- Use of cognitive behavioral therapy
- Use of positive reinforcements and incentives based in the seven principles of contingency management
- Addresses specific criminogenic needs
This program is funded by a $342,174 grant through the 2015-17 Justice Reinvestment Grant program. The grant supports personnel, sanction beds, treatment services, and client services such as housing, clothing and transportation.
Proposed outcomes include:
- Increase in accepted Short Term Transition Leave applicants
- Increase in downward departures granted
- Decrease in recidivism
- Increase in offenders accessing treatment
- Increased collaboration between Malheur County public safety partners
Critical Success Factors
The program has not yet been implemented; it is too soon to identify the factors critical to its success.
The program has not yet been implemented; it is too soon to provide advice.