Departments :: Community Corrections
Offenders in Wasco County are supervised by Parole/Probation officers that are trained and certified by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST academy). Wasco County Community Corrections is a subdivision of the Wasco County Sheriff's Office and Parole/Probation officers are sworn Deputy Sheriff's with the powers of Probation/Parole officers.
Parole/Probation Officers hold offenders accountable and implement various methods of enhancing public safety. This is accomplished in the following ways:
- Home visits of offenders by Parole/Probation officers
- Community notification of predatory sex offenders and required sex offender registration with the Oregon State Police
- Scheduling reporting requirements for offenders
- Random testing for drug or alcohol use
- Referrals to drug and alcohol evaluations and treatment as needed
- Monitoring court ordered community service work
- Referrals to domestic violence and sex offender evaluation and treatment as required
- Polygraph and plethysmograph examinations for sex offenders
- Referrals to participate in behavior change programming
- Monitoring court ordered restitution and other required financial obligations
- Accessing criminogenic needs and developing a case management plan to address the needs
- Arresting or detaining offenders
- Implementing local sanctions and interventions to address violating behavior
Community Corrections Programs
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) - Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) was one of the first comprehensive, systematic attempts to treat substance abusing offenders from a purely cognitive behavioral perspective. MRT is an objective, systematic treatment system designed to enhance ego, social, moral, and positive behavioral growth in a progressive, step by step fashion. MRT has 12 to 16 steps, depending on the treatment population. MRT attempts to change how drug abusers and alcoholics make decisions and judgments by raising moral reasoning.
Briefly, MRT seeks to move clients from hedonistic (pleasure vs. pain) reasoning levels to levels where concern for social rules and others becomes important. Research on MRT has shown that as clients pass steps, moral reasoning increases.
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.
Drug/Alcohol Treatment - Wasco County Community Corrections has partnerships with several treatment providers. Offenders are evaluated and an appropriate treatment plan is recommended. Treatment courses can be in-patient or out-patient as mandated by the court or stipulated in the conditions of probation/parole or post-prison supervision.
DUII Evaluations - Oregon Revised Statutes requires that offenders convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants, participate in an evaluation and rehabilitative program. A State certified Alcohol & Drug Evaluation Specialist completes evaluations, refers offenders to a certified treatment program, monitors the offender's progress and submits reports to the court.
Sex Offender Treatment - Sex Offender counseling is a specialized area. Psychological, plethysmograph, and polygraph examinations determine an offender's deviant sexual behavior and dynamics and are used to arrive at an appropriate and meaningful treatment plan. Treatment includes individual and group sessions to address victim empathy, victim clarification, errors in thinking, deviant arousal cycle, intervention plans, relapse prevention, anger, family reintegration, and family skills.
Domestic Violence Treatment - Domestic Violence treatment is a comprehensive program to evaluate and treat offenders who have been convicted of or display domestic assaultive behavior. The program consists of education and treatment to prevent violence. It includes individual and group therapy sessions and tools to help the offender understand and manage anger and behavior without violence.
Community Service - Community Service is available to offenders who are ordered by the court as a condition of sentencing, or as a probation violation sanction to offenders on formal probation. The program is designed to locate suitable work sites with approved public and private non-profit agencies, to monitor performance, and report compliance or non-compliance to the referral source. Community service allows the offender to meet obligations and make restitution through service to the community. It benefits the offender in developing work habits and skills and the community by receipt of a non-paid labor force.