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Jackson County’s current population is 205,305. Medford is the largest city with a population of 76,830 and serves as the county seat. Approximately 69% of Jackson County residents live in eleven incorporated cities with the remaining 31% living in rural areas. Approximately 61.5% of Jackson County population is between the ages of 18-64. 85.8% of Jackson County is comprised of the White race with 8.5% Hispanic, remainder is of the Black, Asian and American Indian race.
Jackson County Corrections population has an average of 2,111 individuals on Community Supervision. 78% are male; 22% are females. 43% are supervised for a statute crime; 33% person crime and 24% property crime. 35% of offenders on supervision are of Medium/High risk to the community. 40% are on supervision for some type of drug related offense and 14% are supervised for a sex offense. 33% are between the ages of 31-45; 23% are of age 18-24; 21% are of age 25-30.
In 2007 Oregon created the Governors Re-Entry Council which worked collaboratively with all state and local agencies to improve communication, expand services, reduce impact of future criminal behavior (recidivism), and improve offender reintegration into society.
Working together with the state Re-entry council, Jackson County Community Justice has created a reach in process to provide services, increase communication between the offender and our agency, customize integration of treatment and provide support to the inmates releasing each year to our county.
What is Reach In or re-entry?
Reentry: a process and experience that begins at arrest and continues through community reintegration, including release from jail during pretrial proceedings, release at the time of sentencing, or release after service of the sentence (including from prisons, jails, detention facilities, treatment facilities, youth correctional programs, etc.). Reentry encompasses the evaluation, planning, and programming conducted, and support services implemented, to prepare and assist people who are or were previously incarcerated, to return safely to the community and to reintegrate as a law-abiding citizens (Rosenthal, Alan, & Wolf, Elaine. Unlocking the Potential of Reentry and Reintegration: A Reintegrative Sentencing Model; October, 2004).
Jackson County Community Justice sees re-entry as an opportunity to contact the offender prior to their release from incarceration. It allows the Probation Officer and the Offender a chance to discuss case planning, evaluate his/her needs, complete risk assessments, look into needed resources and treatment, discuss housing option, clarify expectation and to answer any questions that may arise.
Reach In Process
Reach-ins are initiated by the supervising Probation officer based on the release date sent or generated by the offenders prison relapse plan. Standard reach –in should occur 30-60 days prior to an offenders physical release from custody. In the case of sex offender or domestic violence cases reach in will occur 90 days from release.
Ideally reach-in will occur at the institution the offender is housed in. This allows face to face communication and for the release counselor to be present. If this is not possible the reach in will occur with through video conferencing or by telephone.
The intent of the reach-in is to interview the inmate and discover their needs and what resources will be needed in the transition process. They include a discussion of:
- Review Probation Conditions
- PO Expectations
- Mental Health Needs
- Family Issues
- Drug/Alcohol Treatment
- Inmate Goals
- Criminal History
The Jackson County Probation officer will work with local agencies and the Department of Corrections to attempt to eliminate all obstacles from the successful re-entry of the offender into our community. We will create a working case plan that will allow the offender to know before he/she is released what will be expected, where they will live, what programs they will attend and who their supervising officer will be.
Jackson county Community Justice has a variety of programming and service oriented classes directed at helping offenders toward improving their life and successfully re-integrating into society.
Community Justice Re-Entry Program
Provides reach-in prison contact approximately 3 months prior to release. Case planning for release and Re-entry Parole Officer for first 6 months (exception: Sex Offenders/DV clients receive geographical PO). Available to all releasing inmates to the County with exception of AIP clients and JAG Grant clients.
JAG Re-Entry Grant Program (grant funded ends 3-31-2011)
John Watson, Deputy Director, 541-774-4905
Provide reach-in prison contact approximately 3 months prior to release. Provides subsidized transitional housing; discretionary funding for identification; medication; clothing; transportation. Provides immediate contact with A&D services including designated A&D counselor and case manager. Includes employment assistance. Available to releasing inmates who have complete a designated Alcohol and Drug treatment program and/or a co-occurring mental health program while incarcerated.
Alternative Incarceration Program
Jodi Merritt, Grant Manager, 541-774-4990
Dana Cline, Sr., Deputy Parole/Probation Officer, 541-774-4935
Alternative Incarceration Program (AIP) inmates releasing to Jackson County Oregon are contacted by telephone or in person by their supervising officer prior to their release from the institution. During this meeting their conditions of release are reviewed with their treatment providers and release counselors. The inmates receive their reporting instructions to meet with their supervising officer.
Inmate needs will be addressed on an as needed basis i.e. bus passes, clothing vouchers and personal hygiene needs.
Jackson County provides housing for the duration of their transitional leave.
Inmates will attend alcohol and drug treatment groups three times a week, (gender specific ) an AIP support group once a week, three self help groups a week (a religious based meeting can be substituted for one of the mandatory meetings.) Inmates are required to obtain a sponsor within two weeks of their release.
Inmates are required to find full time employment within 30 days of their release. They will have an employment specialist available to assist them in finding employment.
Inmates will have a case manager, community justice officer and a treatment specialist assigned to them immediately upon release to assist with ongoing treatment and life skills issues that might arise during trans-leave.
Inmates will submit to a polygraph test one week before their trans-leave expires at their expense to help monitor their compliance to their trans-leave conditions.
Jackson County Community Justice is dedicated to protecting the community by assisting AIP inmates with a pro-social reintegration back into the community.
Day Management Program
The Day Management Program assists clients in obtaining gainful full-time employment to help them obtain stability and also the means to meet their financial obligations, including restitution that needs to be paid to victims. The program provides daily structure and support as well as job hunting tips and advice.
- Clients report daily Monday-Friday by 10am.
- Staff assists clients in completing structured job search which includes minimum of 8 contacts daily
- Clients attend weekly employment class to assist in the following areas:
- Obtaining identification
- Personal Presentation for Job Search
- Helps offenders obtain appropriate clothing
- Helps offender with personal grooming/haircuts
- Teaches how to speak to an employer/using appropriate language/making eye contact
- Assists in filling out job applications
- Assists in preparing a resume
- Assists in preparing clients for a job interview
- Clients with specific needs may be taken on field trips to various locations such as the Employment Office, Social Security Office, the Job Council, the Department of Motor Vehicles, Goodwill or St. Vincent de Paul.
Sex Offender Programming and Treatment
The Sex Offender Unit of Jackson County Community Justice believes in community safety, victim restoration, accountability, and behavioral change. Through sex offender management, treatment, and supervision, we make the community a better place. The Sex Offender Unit utilizes a team approach in the management of sex offenders. The team consists of the parole/probation officer, the treatment provider, and the polygraph examiner. The team members work towards a common goal of Community Safety, Offender Accountability, and Victim Restoration.
Parole/Probation Officers (PPO) in Jackson County are highly trained, very dedicated, and well versed in the strategies of sex offender supervision. The PPO’s enforce all the general and special conditions ordered by the court, supervisory authority, and the Board of Parole/Post-Prison Supervision.
Law Enforcement fliers are provided on all new sex offenders coming into the jurisdiction of Jackson County Community Justice. For those deemed predatory, information for the website is provided in a timely manner.
Offenders are required to attend sex offender treatment. Offenders are referred by their PO to a therapist who has been approved by the Sex Offender Supervision Network. Any other therapy outside the approved therapists for Jackson County Community Justice will not satisfy the requirement of sex offender treatment as described by the conditions of supervision.
The current approved sex offender therapist list includes the following:
Ann Wright / Steve Mounce / Lynette Milligan
A standard referral form will be prepared and sent to the treatment provider for the offender. Accompanying the referral form will be the pre-sentence and/or police reports.
The offender will write out his version of the crime during the first two office visits. A copy will be placed in his file and a copy sent to the therapist.
Polygraph examinations are a mandatory part of supervision and treatment, and shall be recognized by the PPO and treatment provider as an effective tool in helping to manage sexual offenders in a community based program. The offender will be required to take polygraphs at the direction of the Parole/Probation Officer. The offender will be told to set up a payment schedule with the office of the polygraph examiners. The PPO will advise the polygraph examiner of any specific concerns outside the scope of what is generally covered in the examination process. A "Specific Issue" polygraph is conducted on an offender who remains in significant denial of their crime, or parts of the crime. "Maintenance" examinations will be required three months after the inception of supervision and at least every six months thereafter. Some offenders, due to risk factors, may be tested on a more frequent basis. "Sexual History Disclosure" examinations should be completed during the first six months of treatment.
If the PPO learns of offender violation behaviors, that information will be provided to the treatment provider and polygraph examination when appropriate.
Offenders will sign a treatment contract upon entry into an approved program and a copy of the contract will be sent to the supervising PPO within 14 days. Contracts must include the following: no contact with minors; no alcohol consumption unless approved by the PPO, and the offender has successfully completed the sexual history disclosure process; no illegal drugs; no pornography; timely disclosure of treatment and/or parole/probation violations. Therapists will report violations of treatment and/or parole/probation to the PPO within seven days of discovery. Prior to termination from treatment, the PPO and therapist will staff the case.
The evaluation process for sex offenders will include weekly group treatment. Offenders must complete a full sexual history disclosure, verified by polygraph, prior to being considered for release from treatment.
Written reports are to be submitted to the PPO by the therapist every three months. These reports will outline the offender’s progress in treatment, and at a minimum will include the following information.
Date of last polygraph examination and when the next examination is due; status (pass-fail) of Sexual History Disclosure; status of maintenance examinations; plethysmograph assessments; clarification to victims; victim confrontation sessions; sexual assault cycle; relapse prevention plans; assertiveness/anger management; weekly check-in logs; thinking errors; any other relevant treatment issues.
Progression of Treatment Components
Write out crime of conviction within first seven days of treatment. Assess need for specific issue polygraph examination. If offender is in denial of offense or significant aspects of his reported offense behavior, the examination shall occur within 30 days.
First maintenance examination will occur within
90 days of entry into treatment and/or supervision. Subsequent maintenance examinations will occur every six months, at a minimum.
Sexual History Disclosure to be successfully completed, including polygraph examination, within six months. A copy of the sexual history, after being reviewed in the treatment program, will be forwarded to the PPO for review. Another copy of the disclosure will be sent to the polygraph examiner. After each of the team members has approved the disclosure, the offender may then make arrangements to take his polygraph examination.
Failed polygraph examinations require the offender to prepare a written 'addendum' outlining the information he withheld which prevented him from passing the examination. The first addendum will be completed within one week of the failed examination, and a second, or final draft, will be completed within two weeks and submitted to the PPO and polygraph examiner for approval. Re-testing, when necessary, should then occur at the earliest opportunity. Sanctions, agreed upon by the PPO and therapist, may be imposed if an offender fails to properly prepare and submit the addendum.
An offender who fails to comply with the time line instructions may be suspended or terminated from treatment as 'unsuccessful'.
The Domestic Violence Unit is collaboration between Community Justice and the Jackson County Council against Domestic and Sexual Violence. This unit vigorously enforces court ordered no-contact, anti-stalking and restraining orders. It works with victims to encourage safety planning and provides referral to community resources.
Reach in is provided to the offender to explain the specific restrictions imposed on these cases, give information on the Batter’s Intervention Program, answer questions and provide clarification and offer resources.
Emphasis is placed on prevention and intervention. Domestic Violence Offenders can expect to have no contact with the victim of the case and enroll into a Batter’s Intervention Program while in the community. The approved Batter’s Intervention Programs in Jackson County are provided by:
On-Track Counseling Services (541) 772-1777
Mary Ann & Terry Terrall (541) 772-4055
Jackson County’s Domestic violence goal is increased victim protection, greater accountability, probation visibility, and increased prevention and intervention.
Jackson County Community Justice Transition Center
Jackson County Transition center is a 128 bed facility located in Talent, Oregon. The transition center is used as an alternative sanction program for a variety of inmates. It also offers transitional housing options and a multitude of inmate services.
The Transition Center's mission is to provide sentencing that is beneficial to the community and appropriate to offenders as an alternative to incarceration; to assist contracting agencies in meeting agency goals; and to enhance opportunities for offenders to make a positive change through daily work and cognitive restructuring programs.
Participants may voluntarily request housing placement at CJTC or be directed to reside here by an assigned PO. Upon entry each participant will be required to actively seek employment, participate in groups as directed by CJO and return to CJTC by stated curfew. Each client is required to obtain employment within 14 days of entry. The assigned CJO will assess each client individually if employment is not gained within the required time to determine program compliance.
Curfew for unemployed participants is 8:00PM, the curfew for employed participants is 10:00PM unless otherwise stated by CJO. All case management issues need to be submitted to the assigned CJO for processing including funding, case plans and release agreements. If a client fails to return to the Transition Program and leaves without the authorization of the CJO, any funds located in the client’s savings account will be moved to pay the maintenance fees accrued.
Note: All Transition client case management issues need to be submitted to the assigned CJO for processing including funding, case plans and release agreements. Clients are required to pay maintenance fees of 25% of gross client income and will work with the assigned CJO to complete a budget plan. All release processes need to be planned and completed with the assigned CJO for approval. If a client fails to return to the Transition Program without the authorization of the CJO or is terminated from the program, any funds located in the client’s savings account will be moved to pay the maintenance fees accrued.
The job skills class is designed for those participants who are having difficulty in obtaining employment, or with their job search. It provides instruction on a variety of topics, such as hygiene issues, making a good first impression, filling out applications, getting through a job interview, writing a resume, as well as important factors in keeping a job.
Other Employment Resources
The Work Release portion of the Program utilizes the Employment Division to help participants in their job search and job readiness. The Employment Division offers a “Skills Center” which is made up of a computer lab and various workshops on job search and employment readiness. Other resources available include Goodwill, Rogue Community College, Salvation Army, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc.
Each participant is assigned a CJO who provides case management and assists the participant in meeting goals of treatment and employment. CJOs are available each week and will help the participant with case management issues. Participants will, with the assistance of their assigned CJO and the Office Assistant managing participant accounts, develop a financial plan or budget, including all financial obligations.
Individual mental health counseling is available by appointment through Jackson County Mental Health.
Alcohol and Drug Monitoring/Counseling
The Program provides a combination of cognitive restructuring, motivational enhancement, chemical dependency counseling aftercare and drug surveillance testing. All participants will be required to attend a group on each weeknight. Groups will be matched to participants based on ASAM criteria, level of motivation and length of stay.
Groups available will include basic life skills, core cognitive skills, advanced life skills, alcohol and drug treatment and twelve-step facilitation.
By statue O.R.S. 169.166, participants are responsible for all medical costs incurred while at the Program. Participants wishing to see medical staff will be charged $4 for visits with the nurse and $5 for visits with a doctor.
Participants of the Program will have all prescribed medications monitored and made available by designated staff. Most medications may be kept on person (KOP) by participants in the program. Narcotics or psychiatric medications are to be stored in the secure medical area. Medical staff may also designate specific cases in which medications may not be kept on person. It is the participant’s responsibility to take their medication and follow their doctor’s orders carefully. The participant’s physician must prescribe all medications.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided in the Program in accordance with posted hours. Participants are expected to eat meals during the posted hours unless a conflict is presented by work restitution to the community, employment, treatment, or other approved, legitimate complications, and only when other arrangements for meals are made in advance.
Sack lunches are available for participants who are working on work crews, or are employed or on job search.
Late dinners are available for participants whose schedules conflict with normal meal hours. Participants need to inform staff at the time they check out of the facility if they need a late dinner. Late meals are to be eaten within two hours of return to the facility.
Faith Based Programs
Home for Good
In Jackson County we believe that men and women exiting prison can sustain expectations of welcome and support from state, faith and community partners as they transition back to their families and communities. While incarcerated if an inmate requests to have the opportunity to be connected to the local faith based organizations he/she simply fills out a Home for Good request. That request is forwarded to the local Probation officer and onto the HGO representative. The Home for Good program will make every attempt to match up the releasing individual with the faith based program they desire.
HGO Mission Statement
Utilize strategic partnerships between state, faith and community based organization to build a seamless system of support, guidance, training and resources that promotes the successful restoration of people from prison back to their families and communities.
For more information contact Jackson County Home for Good liaison:
Gene Haage (541) 951-3200
Hope and Future Outreach Ministries
534 North Bartlett St, Medford OR 97501 (541) 601-3318
Chaplain Rachelle Benthin works with the Department of Corrections to help inmates transition back into their communities. She provides spiritual support and guidance, help with transportation, employment assistance, and supportive mentoring.
Lighthouse Family Worship Center : “A felon friendly church” Pastors Bud and Dawn Coffman
3500 Arrowhead Drive, Medford OR 97504 (541) 773-7064
St. Vincent De Paul
RX assistance, clothing, food boxes
2424 North Pacific Hwy
Medford, OR 97501 (541) 772-3828
Medford Gospel Mission
Housing, meals, clothing, and assistance.
125 W. Jackson
Medford, OR 97501 (541) 779-1597
Female only transitional housing
726 W 4th St.
Medford, OR 97501 (541) 734-9475
Moore Center (PPO Referral needed)
338 North Front St
Medford, OR 97501 (541) 776-7086
Salvation Army Shelter
1065 Crews Rd.
Medford, OR 97501 (541) 773-7005
Jacckson County Drug Treatment Resources
Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Services
Jackson County subcontracts with local providers to provide substance abuse treatment services. Treatment services are subsidized for selected populations, but are otherwise charged on a sliding fee scale. For questions, please call (541) 774-7800.
Local providers licensed by the State of Oregon are listed below.
Outpatient Treatment - DUII Counseling
Addictions Recovery Center: (541) 779-1282 www.addictionsrecovery.org
Ontrack, Inc: (541) 772-1777 www.ontrackrecovery.org
Community Works: (541) 779-2393 www.community-works.org
Kolpia Counseling: (541) 779-5866 www.kolpiacounseling.com
Phoenix Counseling Service: (541) 535-4133 www.phoenixcounseling.org
Opioid Treatment Program (Methadone Clinic)
Allied Health Services Medford
837 E Mains St
Medford, Oregon 97504
Alcohol and Drug Prevention Services
We also subcontract with local agencies/providers to provide prevention services. For more information please call Roxann Jones at (541) 774-7821.
Treatment services are available for gamblers and family members of gamblers. Gambling treatment services are paid for by Oregon Lottery revenue and are not charged to the client. For questions, please call (541) 774-7821.
Mental Health Services
Jackson County's mental health program provides a range of community-based mental health services to the citizens of Jackson County. JCMH provides information, referral and screening for all mental health concerns. JCMH provides immediate crisis assessment and intervention for mental health crises in the community. As the county's mental health treatment provider for the Oregon Health Plan, JCMH also offers a comprehensive array of treatment services to those individuals covered by the plan who have a serious mental illness and are in need of medical treatment.
Mental Health Childrens Services: (541) 774-7971
Mental Health Services: (541) 774-8201
There are over 24,446 veterans in Jackson County and an additional 16,000 dependent claimants (widows, children and dependent parents).
Veterans' Services include the preparation, case management, and advocacy of claims; assistance and referrals regarding medical benefits; and dissemination of information about veterans’ programs. A priority is obtaining direct Veterans’ Administration dollars for nursing home claimants. Additional priorities include monitoring eligibility for increased benefits and filing initial claims for people previously unaware of entitlement. Some of the benefits include compensation, pension, education, widows’ benefits, help with nursing home, foster home and assisted living home payments.
The VA dollars this office obtains for county veterans and dependents come into the county as direct benefits to residents, enabling them to maintain residency, pay taxes, and pay for services (food, medical care, home maintenance, etc.) Direct benefits translate to direct economic impact. This significant source of income for entitled low income and/or disabled veterans and their dependents is important to them and to the county as it precludes having to tap general assistance or Medicaid.
VA - VA Claims Regional Office - (800) 827-1000
VA - Medical Center in Roseburg, OR (800) 549-8387
Other Resources for Transition
Information on many of the programs and departments of Jackson County can be found on the web at:
Jackson County Community Justice
1101 W. Main Street, Suite 101
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 774-4901
Fax: (541) 774-4997
Business Hours: 8:00am-5pm, M-F
For further information regarding Jackson county, please visit Jackson County Community Corrections.
Child Support Services in Jackson County Provided By:
Division of Child Support
310 E 6th Street, Suite 300
Medford, OR 97501-5944
Phone: (541) 776-6043
Fax: (541) 776-6116
Oregon Child Support Program