Keep People Safe | Increase Rate of Supervised Individuals Reporting
Ninety-six percent (96%) of currently incarcerated individuals will eventually release from a Department of Corrections correctional institution and return home to a community. Many of these individuals go on to serve a term of community supervision, in addition to individuals with supervision requirements following a jail sentence. The department supervises approximately 20,000 individuals based on their risk level classification. Individuals releasing to supervision are offered resources to assist them in reentry into the community. These resources include, but are not limited to, housing, employment, treatment, healthcare and cognitive behavioral interventions. Regular check-ins, as measured here, are critical to helping individuals releasing to supervision. During these check-ins individuals receive referrals to resources and support in navigating multiple community based systems and a level of accountability to the individual, which provides for increased community safety.
How We Measure
The Department of Corrections strives to increase the rate of supervised individuals reporting in accordance with requirements from 78% to 80%.
This statistic describes the number of supervised individuals who have an Active status as a percentage of the total number of supervised individuals whose status is Active, Abscond, Failure to Report, or Bench Warrant.
Rate of Reporting
Factors that Support Reporting
The Community Corrections Division works in partnership with both the Reentry and Prisons Divisions to provide resources, referrals and supervision support. The department collaborates with employment, education, and healthcare navigators to assist in reducing barriers to access to these services in the community. The department also collaborates with housing specialists to find affordable housing within the community the individual is releasing to. The agency may pay up to the first three months of housing in order to offer stability in the community. Regular reporting and community services are mutually supporting. The stability provided by resources helps individuals report, and reporting helps individuals receive services.
Individuals are required to report based on assessed risk. Therefore attempts are made to offer the appropriate dosage of reporting based on risk, needs, stability in the community, homelessness, violation behaviors and supervision compliance. Well considered risk assessments and reporting dosages support consistent reporting.
If individuals cannot report during normal business hours, community corrections officers (CCO) adjust to see them in their community, place of employment, or alternate location to assist in assuring they report as directed. CCO's may also adjust their work schedule to accommodate reporting of individuals working an early or late work schedules, or attending classes or treatment. This flexibility makes it easier to report and increases the percentage of individuals reporting.
Contact in Facilities
When possible, intakes are completed while individuals are serving their original jail time. The community corrections officer completing the intake provides specific reporting instructions to the individual and they are directed to report upon release from custody. This initial contact assists with engaging the individual in supervision and the likelihood of increased reporting by informing them of the requirements before re-entering the community.
Actions Being Taken to Deliver Results
- Utilizing alternative sanctions, such as work crew, instead of incarceration for minor violations of supervision. This can minimize the disruption to supportive connections that individuals have with family, treatment, and employment, while still being held accountable.
- Increasing focus and enrollment in cognitive behavioral interventions, which have been showing to increase positive behavior such as regular reporting.
- Community corrections officers are required to conduct field contacts for those individuals who fail to report, in an attempt to bring the individual back into compliance.