Klamath County Community Corrections
The science of our field reminds us accurate assessment is the key in identifying offenders who pose the most risk to our community. Further, we need to prioritize our resources to this population.
Based upon the above principles, our department prioritizes a field caseload ratio for medium and high risk offenders at 55-60 per officer.
Day Reporting/Day Management Program
Requires offender to report to a central location every day where they file a written daily schedule showing how each hour of the day will be spent - at work, in treatment and so forth. The offender must obey a curfew, perform community work, and submit to random drug testing. Day reporting includes:
- Alcohol and drug treatment
- GED and credit recovery
- Employment services
- Veteran services
- Mental health services
- Religious and mentor services
- Cognitive programming (MRT, Breaking Barriers and MET)
- Women and Adult Victim Services
- Nutrition and Wellness
- Dental and physical health screening and referral
- Assistance with obtaining Social Security card, birth certificate and identification
- Skill building and Carey Guide sessions
- Budget and financial classes
- Parenting classes
- Community support groups
- Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- Peer restructuring
Research indicates we need to structure 70% of a high risk offender’s time. Day reporting services not only enhance the services available to offenders, but it also increases accountability and compliance.
Moral Reconation Therapy Program (MRT®): Thinking for Good as the initial program response for all felony offenders presenting with medium to high risk criminogenic factors and substance abuse issues.
MRT® : Thinking for Good is an objective, systematic treatment system designed to change how drug abusers and alcoholics make decisions and judgments by raising moral reasoning from Kohlberg's perspective. MRT® focuses systematically on seven basic treatment issues: confrontation of beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, assessment of current relationships, reinforcement of positive behavior and habits, positive identity formation: enhancement of self-concept, decrease in hedonism and development of frustration tolerance, and development of higher stages of moral reasoning.
Research on MRT® has shown that as clients pass steps, moral reasoning increases in adult drug and alcohol offenders and juvenile offenders.
MRT has been selected for inclusion on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Community Corrections partners with local providers to provide these services on site at the Community Corrections Center.
Batterer’s Intervention Program (BIP)
KCCC contracts with Klamath Youth Development Center to provide services to offenders convicted of domestic violence. These services involve a significant amount of collaboration among the Probation Officer, Polygraph Examiner and BIP Provider. Offender accountability and victim safety are two of the primary goals of the program.
Gender Specific Program
Community Corrections partners with the Klamath Crisis Center to provide these services on site at the Community Corrections Center.
Sex Offender Treatment
KCCC contracts with Klamath Youth Development Center to provide treatment to offenders convicted of sexual offenses. Similar to domestic violence offenders, the treatment module requires the Probation officer, Polygraph Examiner and Sex Offender Therapist to work closely with one another to ensure offender accountability and victim safety.
Victim Family Justice Program
This program allowed us to hire a Victim Family Justice Coordinator (VFJC) who works to provide services to the victims and families of our offenders.
Victim services include, providing updates to victims of the offender status, referring victims for services as needed, and being the conduit between the assigned Parole and Probation Officer and the crime victim.
The VFJC also meets with offenders who are on supervision to identify any barriers for them or their children. As barriers are identified, referrals are made to appropriate services, which could include parenting or counseling.
The goal of the VFJC is to intervene early with offenders and their children to reduce the risk of neglect, or violence in the home. We believe this will help us begin to address the multi-generational criminality with offenders and their family.