Klamath County Community Corrections
There is substantial literature available, which supports and encourages ensuring there is a balance of supervision, services and sanctions. This balance allows community corrections to increase the ability to engage offenders in behavior change. Accountability, coupled with appropriate services and supervision have proven to be the most effective approach in addressing criminal behavior and changing behavior. Swift and certain sanctions are an extremely valuable component. Sanctions range from a work crew assignment to incarceration.
Electronic Home Detention
This program allows many of our offenders to serve their jail sentences at their residence, thus allowing them to continue with their employment and/or treatment programs. Home detention utilizes an electronic monitoring program, which notifies Community Corrections staff of unauthorized departures made by an offender from their residence. The program is equipped with GPS monitoring, which allows our staff to track offenders in the community. If an offender does violate the home detention program, or does not follow the strict guidelines placed on them, they are subject to arrest.
Offenders receiving treatment or programming while they are incarcerated, increases the offenders’ compliance upon release. This type of situation allows the offender to continue with treatment, even while in custody. This continuum of care significantly impacts an offender’s ability to succeed.
Klamath County received a Justice Reinvestment Grant, as a result of the 2013 Legislative Session. House Bill 3194 provides funding to counties to develop program and services locally to assist with the reduction of the state prison population.
The Klamath County Jail was being underutilized due to funding reductions. The Local Public Safety Coordinating Council (LPSCC) identified sanction capacity as a need in our community. HB 3194 funds, as well as community corrections, Klamath Youth Development Center and a sheriff contribution from state funds allowed C Pod to open on December 2, 2013. There are no County General funds being used to operate C Pod. Not only did LPSCC recommend opening the Pod, but also recommend treatment services be provided in the C Pod.
Community corrections work closely with the jail, local treatment providers, Klamath Youth Development Center and other community partners to develop and deliver in custody treatment program that are evidenced-based and we focus on short term transitioning from jail to the community.
We believe opening Pod C, providing in custody treatment and creating appropriate transition plans locally, coupled with the supervision provided by community corrections and the services provided in our local facility allows Klamath County to reduce recidivism and create a safer community.
Public Service Work Crews & Community Service
This program has been a true asset to the community both as a tool holding offenders accountable through public service work, and as an alternative to custody as part of the Community Justice model.
However, although Public Service Work crews have become an expected component of Community Corrections, and are Court ordered, they are not required by statute and are not specifically funded.
Community Corrections has various contracts with local agencies to provide supervised Work Crews.
Listed below are the results of some of those contracts:
Listed below are the results of road clean up for Klamath County Road Dept.
- A total of 148 days were worked to clean Klamath County roads.
- A total of 157 crews worked, having 2 crews on some days.
- 1047 workers, including supervisors, worked cleaning road easements and dumpsites.
- A total of 8032 hours were worked on the roads
- 93240 pounds of trash, litter, and garbage was hauled to the landfill from the roadways.
- 3450 large trash bags of litter was picked up and taken to the landfill.
- 459 tires were picked up along roadsides and dumpsites.
- 36 appliances, including washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, TV’s, and computers.
- 47 overstuffed items, including mattresses, couches, sofas, recliners, etc.
- 23 illegal dumpsites were cleaned up on Klamath County property.
- 69 syringes were picked up along the roadside.
Expressway was cleaned 14 times last year.
- 6280 pounds of trash was collected and taken to the landfill.
- 404 large bags of litter were picked up.
- 7 tires, 10 syringes, 2 mattresses, 1 couch, and 1 TV were found.
- 728 Man-hours worked, 91 workers (not including supervisors)
Chemult Ranger District
The project is called the Pumice Grapefern thinning project.
- 9 days were worked
- 47 workers
The CS work crews have received projects from the BLM on O&C lands west of Klamath Falls near the Spencer Creek Cut-off road and Topsey reservoir. The project consists of clearing brush and small trees from the sides and ditches of the BLM roads, and trimming the larger trees for visibility purposes.
- 17 days of work
- 17 crews consisting of a total of 106 workers
- 139 supervisor hours
Community Corrections has a senior-low income firewood program where we cut, split, deliver and stack firewood. Wood is purchased by Klamath & Lake Community Action Services and delivered by the CS crews.
- 79 cords delivered thru 40 wood orders
- 154 workers, approximately 1432 hours
Klamath County Property Sales
- 1 day of property clean up (2 lots). Outdoor clean up and weed abatement for 3 hours only in Bonanza.
Klamath Basin Senior Center
- Snow removal—Shoveling driveways and sidewalks for low income, seniors, and disabled.
City Of Klamath Falls Projects
- Weed Abatement – Cutting weeds for city owned properties in various locations in the city.
- City Parks—OIT Arboretum weeding and clean up.
Non-Revenue projects—Community Service
Community Corrections Work crews also provided help for various projects through-out the community.
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
- Klamath Lake Community Action Services
- A-Canal bike path
- Klamath County Courthouse
- Shoveling snow for the County Seniors
- Klamath County Fairgrounds
- Landrum Wayside
- Search and Rescue Compound
- Pack Clinic
- Post Office
- Klamath Falls Gospel Mission
Community service workers also donated:
- 250 baskets of basic living supplies to hand out at the Klamath Lake Community Action Services homeless project.
- 1,978 pounds of food for the Klamath Falls Food Bank
- 10 homemade blankets for the Linus Project at the hospital