The level of supervision assigned to each adult offender is based on their risk to re-offend and the factors that contribute to criminal behavior. The risk assessment tool used by Corrections has been widely validated and is a standard for agencies around the country. Corrections uses the risk tool to assess adult offenders convicted of felony, gross misdemeanor and person misdemeanor offenses. The levels of supervision are:
Intensive Supervised Release (ISR) is a level of supervision for offenders who have completed prison terms and are determined to be predatory offenders, or are deemed serious person offenders. The emphasis of this level of probation is on public safety while helping offenders reintegrate into the community. Probation officers maintain regular contact with these offenders both in their homes and at their places of employment.
Enhanced Supervision is for offenders who have completed prison terms, and have elevated risk assessment scores and/or mental health diagnoses, and for hospitalized offenders awaiting civil commitment as “sexually dangerous persons.” The emphasis of this level of probation is on minimizing the public safety risk and achieving stability. Offenders meet with their probation officers frequently both in the office and in the community.
Offenders assigned to high-risk supervision participate in group behavioral and cognitive therapy, and meet with their probation officer one-on-one in a variety of settings including their homes, community locations and at work. The emphasis is on public safety, accountability, competency development and victim/community restoration.
Specialized Caseloads and Services
Research indicates that outcomes improve when Corrections’ services are tailored to the specific risks and needs of offenders. Adult Justice Services has specialized caseloads within high-risk supervision that include:
Offenders who are at low risk to reoffend are monitored through quarterly group sessions in the Probation Service Center (PSC). Some offenders’ crimes are comparatively low level, non-person misdemeanors, and they may be monitored by mail. The expectation for these offenders is that they will meet their conditions of probation with minimal oversight by Corrections staff.