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Senate Bill 6157 “Fair Share” Bill Offenders releasing from prison are required to Return to Original County of Conviction (OCC) Be supervised for entire length of supervision in OCC
The reality is: They are going to be coming to our community whether we want them to or not They are already in our community whether we want them to be or not
Adults on Supervision (9/2009) • 736-Grays Harbor • 145-Pacific CURRENT STATISTICS • Release from Prison • 10/month-Grays Harbor • 3/month-Pacific • Release from County Jail • 20/month-Grays Harbor • 2/month-Pacific
Tattoos Bald Goatee Wild hair Dirty clothes Parent Grandparent Student Clean cut Any person walking down the street What does someone on supervision look like?
Homeless Sex Offender Drug Addict Mentally Ill Uneducated Laborer Co-Worker Neighbor College Student Family Member Who is on supervision?
Under bridges Union Gospel Mission In alleys Couch surfing Motels Tents in the woods Rough neighborhoods With family With friends Apartments Down the street Next door Where do people on supervision live?
What are common conditions of people on supervision with Washington Department of Corrections (DOC)? • Report to Community Corrections Officer (CCO) • UA’s & BAC’s • No drugs without a valid prescription • No alcohol • Chemical Dependency Treatment • Domestic Violence Treatment • Mental Health Treatment • Home visits by CCO • Employer checks by CCO • No contact with victim(s) • Pay court fines • Not possess firearm or deadly weapon • Provide DNA sample
Possible Additional Conditions for Sex Offender • No contact with minors • Registration with County Sheriff’s Office • GPS tracking • Sexual Deviancy Treatment • Polygraphs
Since they are already coming to our community, what will they need? • Housing • Employment • Clothing • Clean & sober support • Re-connecting with family • Medical treatment • Transportation • Education • Other?
What happens if these needs are not met? • Go back to what they know: • Old acquaintances • Drug Use • Other criminal behavior
What do we do now? • “Lend them a helping hand and a watchful eye” • OR • “Kick them while they are down”
What we know: • Our community is struggling economically • The offenders are still coming to our community • The economy will eventually turn around • We want to be ready when this happens
Our Two-Part Plan Part #1: Community Approach • Hold them accountable for their actions • Watch them • Let them know we are watching them • Notify their CCO and/or Law Enforcement of violations • Give them a chance • Housing • Employment • Mentoring Part #2: Build a DOC Work Release • For offenders releasing to Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties
What is a Work Release? • A structured transition back into the community • Offenders would qualify within the last 6 months of confinement (prison only) • Offenders who are awarded minimum-security status based on a behavior-driven classification process • Not a lock-up facility (locked from the outside to control who/what has access
What is a Work Release? (Cont) • All offenders must abide by the rules and regulations of the program • Deviations can result in disciplinary action • (to include termination from the programgo back to prison) • Offenders work on employment • Job development • Job search • Job placement • Offenders pay for their personal items
What is a Work Release? (Cont) • All movements outside the facility are closely monitored • Must have written authorization and be pre-arranged • Only enough time given • Travel to and from destination • Take care of needed business • Random telephone checks • Random field checks
Current Settings For Other Work Releases • Residential areas • Olympia Work Release is a renovated duplex • Years after the Olympia Work Release was placed, the community created a park that shares the same parking lot • Work Releases do NOT generally adversely affect the overall safety of the community • Industrial areas • Co-located with a county jail (Clark County)
Benefits of having a Work Release in our community: • For offenders • Obtain legal employment • Create work history • Pay taxes • Save money for housing • Allows for chance to slowly re-integrate back into society • Looking for employment • Shopping • Social outings with approved family and friends
Benefits of having a Work Release in our community: • For the community • Creates family-wage jobs • Construction • State staff (2-3) • Contract staff (10-14) • Cheaper confinement • Offenders pay $13.50/day towards room & board • Offenders pay own medical expenses • Mandatory payments towards Legal Financial Obligations (court fines) to include victim restitution
Other reasons for a Work Release in Grays Harbor • The closest Work Release is in Olympia • Most offenders releasing from this work release to Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties do not keep their employment in Thurston County • They return to our community unemployed
Facts about Work ReleasesFiscal Year 2007* • Offenders earned $6.1 million while employed during their time at work release • They paid $571,000 in legal financial obligations • They accumulated 8,800 hours in community service • Only 21% of offenders were able to transition back into the community through a work release program • Average cost per offender is $22,838 annually or $62.57 per day (includes the average offender recovery for room and board per offender being $10.08/day) • The cost benefit of work release is $3.82 for each dollar of cost *Source: Washington State Institute for Public Policy November 2007 Report “Does Participation in Washington’s Work Release Facilities Reduce Recidivism?”
How can you help? • Let us know about opportunities: • Employment • Housing • Mentorship • Other groups to share our message • Join us in our efforts
How to contact us • Ron Schmidt, Program Manager, 360-538-2340 firstname.lastname@example.org • Mike McGuire, E & T Specialist, 360-538-6574 email@example.com • Matt Hornyak, Win 211, 425-264-0301 firstname.lastname@example.org • Mark Shaffer, Community Corrections Officer 2, WA DOC, 360-249-5080 email@example.com