Jackson County Community Justice operates a nationally recognized sex offender treatment program that focuses on community safety, recidivism reduction, victim restoration, and offender accountability. Community Justice’s sex offender unit is comprised of four (4) parole/probation officers who are tasked with enforcing each offenders supervision conditions identified by the courts, Local Supervisory Authority, and/or the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
The Community Justice sex offender unit utilizes a containment model in the supervision of this offender population. The containment model is a three-pronged approach, that includes the parole/probation officers, treatment providers and polygraph examiners. The utilization of the containment model provides for a multi-agency partnership in the cooperative supervision of offenders within the community and assists in maintaining the overall goal and vision of community safety, offender accountability and rehabilitation.
The parole/probation officers are specially trained in the behaviors of sex offenders and utilize a variety of tools to assist in enforcing the offenders supervision conditions. The parole/probation officers duties are comprised of the following:
- Complete all risk assessments within the first 60 days of supervision.
- Notify local law enforcement of all new sex offenders in surrounding jurisdictions.
- Provide offender referral to sex offender treatment and enforce compliance with treatment conditions.
- Enforce all supervision conditions ordered by the court, Local Supervisory Authority and/or the Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision.
- Provide ongoing communication and support to the treatment providers and polygraph examiners.
- Respond to offender violations.
- Participate in the local and state-wide Sex Offender Supervision Network (SOSN).
- Conduct office visits and unannounced home visits with the offender to monitor compliance with supervision conditions.
- Provide final decision on issues related to sanctions, travel permits, family meetings, and 'contact' with minors/victims.
In 2010, the Community Justice sex offender unit conducted over 1700 home visits on supervised sex offenders and over 6200 office interviews. The sex offender unit in Jackson County has achieved a recidivism rate of less than 1% in 2010. Our success is attributed to the supervision strategy we have developed, which includes evidence-based practices.
The Community Justice sex offender unit utilizes treatment providers approved by the local Sex Offender Supervision Network (SOSN) and by the department Director. Approved treatment providers must be a Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) and licensed and endorsed by the Oregon Licensing Board for Sex Offender Therapy. Sex offender treatment involves the following requirements:
- No contact with minors unless approved by the parole/probation officer and therapist;
- No alcohol consumption unless approved by the parole/probation officer and the offender has successfully completed the sexual history disclosure process;
- No illegal drugs;
- No pornography;
- Mandatory weekly treatment group meetings;
- Timely disclosure of treatment and/or parole/probation violations;
- The offender must provide a written account of the crime of conviction, a full sexual history disclosure and provide adequate updates as required by the treatment provider and the parole/probation officer. All disclosures are verified through a polygraph examination. Any discrepancies in the written disclosure documents and the polygraph requires immediate resolution by the offender.
The treatment provider completes and submits written reports to the parole/probation officer every three months outlining treatment accomplishments and progress. The treatment provider and the parole/probation officer are in constant contact to ensure the offender is being held accountable and to identify treatment progression or concerns.
The use of polygraph examinations are a mandatory part of offenders supervision and are recognized by the parole/probation officer and treatment provider as an effective tool in helping to manage sexual offenders in a community based program.
The Community Justice sex offender unit utilizes polygraph examiners approved by the local Sex Offender Supervision Network (SOSN) and by the department Director. All polygraph examiners utilized by the department are required to be licensed as a ‘General Examiner’ through the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) and be certified by examination through the American Polygraph Association in the field of post-conviction sexual offender testing (PCSOT).
The polygraph examiner provides the following types of testing:
- 'Specific Issue' polygraph examination is conducted on an offender who remains in significant denial of his crime or parts of the crime, after a reasonable time lapse.
- 'Maintenance' examination is required of all offenders three months after the inception of supervision and at least every six months thereafter. Some offenders, due to risk factors, may be tested on a more frequent basis. Maintenance polygraphs are used to augment the supervision compliance checks, and promotes accountability throughout supervision.
- 'Sexual History Disclosure' examinations are completed during the first six months of treatment. The sex history disclosure is used for case planning purposes and helps determine an offender’s prior target victim pool, their grooming techniques, their strategy to gain victim access, and their history of other deviant patterns that should be addressed in treatment.
- The polygraph examiner provides all testing results to the parole/probation officer and treatment provider. In the event an offender fails a polygraph exam, the offender is required to complete an addendum clarifying the failed content of the exam and a follow-up polygraph exam may be required.
Sex Offender Unit Contact:
John Hamilton, Program Manager