Community Corrections

Offenders in Columbia County are supervised by Parole/Probation officers. Parole/Probation officers are police academy trained, certified and sworn peace officers. Columbia County offers caseloads for specialized supervision of sex offenders and persons convicted of domestic violence crimes, as well as generalized caseloads for property, drug, and other person-to-person crimes.

Holding offenders accountable and providing methods of enhancing public safety is the responsibility of Community Corrections. This is accomplished in the following ways:

  • Home visits of offenders by Parole/Probation officers
  • Community notification of predatory sex offenders and Oregon State Police registration of all sex offenders
  • Regularly scheduled reporting requirements for offenders
  • Random alcohol and drug testing
  • Court ordered drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment
  • Court ordered community service work
  • Domestic violence counseling and sex offender treatment
  • Regular polygraph and sexual arousal examinations for sex offenders
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Participation in cognitive behavioral intervention programs
  • Court ordered restitution
  • Supervision fees and court ordered financial obligations

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS PROGRAMS

Thinking For a Change - Curriculum is designed to help higher risk offenders with addiction and recidivism issues. Problem solving is its core foundation, with the use of cognitive restructuring and social skills interventions. Each concept in the program is presented to assist offenders in learning to identify thinking errors, beliefs, attitudes and values.

Substance Abuse Treatment - Columbia County Community Corrections has partnerships with several treatment providers throughout Columbia, Washington and Multnomah Counties. Offenders are evaluated, and an appropriate treatment plan is recommended. Treatment courses may be residential or out-patient as mandated by the court, or stipulated in the conditions of probation, parole or post-prison supervision.

DUII and Marijuana Evaluations – Oregon Revised Statutes requires that offenders convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants, Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants, or Possession of Less Than an Ounce of Marijuana 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 treatment is a specialized area. Psychosexual, sexual arousal, and polygraph examinations determine an offender’s deviant sexual behavior and risks; the results 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 counseling and anger management are comprehensive programs to evaluate and treat offenders who have been convicted of, or display, assaultive behavior. The program consists of education and treatment to prevent violence. It includes individual and group therapy sessions to develop tools to help the offender understand and manage anger and behavior without violence.

Electronic Monitoring – Electronic monitoring is used as a sentencing tool by the Courts, furlough from jail, or as a sanctioning tool by the parole/probation officers. This allows the offender an opportunity to maintain gainful employment and/or attend treatment programs. The offender is required to wear an ankle bracelet which is monitored through the telephone or GPS unit. If the offender fails to comply with the established restrictions, Community Corrections is notified by the monitoring company.

Work Crew – Work crew is available to offenders who are ordered by the court as a condition of sentencing, or as a sanction for violations of their conditions. Work crew 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.

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