Parole & Probation Programs
Our office provides supervision to adult parole, post-prison, probation, and conditional discharge clients residing in Benton County. Parole & Probation Officers perform random residence checks, conduct office visits, ensure clients pay court-ordered financial obligations, conduct risk assessments, monitor for substance abuse, and facilitate referrals to treatment and cognitive programming. Resources and sanctions are prioritized for those clients who are at the highest risk to re-offend.
Evidence-based cognitive behavioral programs, with the goal of helping clients move toward positive change, are facilitated by specially trained Parole & Probation Officers. These programs are available to all supervised clients, but primarily focus on high and medium-level risk clients.
Many clients in Benton County have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol. Clients under supervision with a history of substance abuse, or those believed to be involved in the use of controlled substances, are required to submit random urine samples for drug testing. Outpatient substance abuse treatment for clients is contracted with Milestones Treatment Program. Individuals are assessed and then referred to groups tailored to their particular stage of change, substance abuse history, and level of criminality.
The Drug Treatment Court program is a collaborative effort that provides clients an opportunity to address their serious substance abuse issues in an intensely supervised environment. Individuals who successfully complete Drug Treatment Court are diverted from incarceration in local jails or state prisons. Benton County’s Drug Treatment Court is nationally recognized as one of ten mentor courts in the country selected to assist other jurisdictions in developing and improving their Drug Court programs.
A Parole & Probation Officer with specialized sex offender training is assigned to the sex offender case load. This program provides specialized supervision, community notification, sex offender treatment, polygraph examinations, and accountability for individuals under supervision for sexually-related offenses. Sex offender treatment groups are cognitive-based programs designed to address thinking errors and thereby change behavior.
The Parole & Probation Division supervises the Transition Center, a highly structured, safe, drug- and alcohol-free living environment designed to house up to six indigent clients. The goal of this program is to provide a safe, sober, clean temporary residence for clients with no housing while they develop alternative housing, employment, and treatment resources in the community.
The Transition Program is designed to enhance public safety through effective transitioning of clients from state prison and local custody back to the community. Individuals incarcerated in Oregon Department of Corrections institutions, such as the Oregon State Penitentiary, are more successful in making long term and positive life change if they have targeted interaction with Parole & Probation prior to their release from prison.
The Work Crew/Community Service program allows for the placement and monitoring of clients ordered to perform work crew or community service as a condition of supervision. The program also provides alternative sanctions for clients who violate their conditions of supervision.