Research has shown that changing individuals’ behavior requires a balance of supervision, services and sanctions. A Vera Institute of Justice study done on Multnomah County sanctioning practices found that a continuum of sanctions, including swift and certain jail sanctions, day reporting centers, community services and other program-based sanctions are more effective at changing  behavior than a jail sanction alone.

Starting last May, DCJ’s Post-Prison and Parole Officers (PPOs) have improved how they sanction parole and probation violators. Along with providing swifter and more certain sanctions, including jail sanctions, DCJ removed barriers to alternative sanctions, and expanded their use. In the past year, PPOs have been placing more adults under supervision on Electronic Monitoring, sending more individuals to Day Reporting, and are supervising more individuals through Community Service projects.

Online Resources

Someone working on Community Service.

Effective Sanctioning Practices documents