Allbaugh addresses Community Supervision Program
Team Radio Marketing Group - September 27, 2017 2:44 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY — Various conflicting reports have spread regarding Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ new Community Supervision Program for select nonviolent offenders who are projected to complete their sentences within 18 months, according to ODOC Director Joe Allbaugh.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Allbaugh said ODOC has identified potential candidates for the Community Supervision Program.
“There is an extensive review process to determine which inmates will be admitted to the program. Staff will start reviewing prospective participants Oct. 1,” he said.
The 1,445 inmate number quoted by Rep. Scott Biggs is an initial snapshot by ODOC of inmates who could be eligible, Allbaugh said.
“We estimate approximately half of those would be admitted following a more thorough review of each individual inmate’s criminal history, behavior and readiness for release,” Allbaugh said. “Remember, these inmates are already projected to complete their sentences and release within 18 months.”
Oklahoma Statute Title 57 Sec. 510.1, allows for inmates to leave halfway houses and community corrections centers to contact prospective employers, and participate in work, educational and training programs in the community.
In developing the program candidate criteria, ODOC used the state’s definition of violent crime. This definition came from a 2015 state law, SB 412, which Rep. Biggs co-authored.
“Corrections is a core function of state government. ODOC is a public safety service provider entrusted with imprisoning inmates and supervising offenders in the community,” Allbaugh said.
“CSP is a program like many other ODOC programs that helps the department manage its population, while also ensuring public safety, and preparing offenders for reentry. Basic supervision requires monitoring offenders’ activities, ensuring compliance to supervision rules, and adherence to supervision plans. This includes participation in work, educational and training programs in the community. Ninety four percent of those in our custody return to society,” he said.
“We look forward to working with the state Legislature on criminal justice reform to address the core criminal justice system issues that have led to this crisis.”