Alternative Programs for Offenders FAQ

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Why do we have alternative programs?

Alternative programs are a way to hold an inmate accountable for their actions at a lesser expense than keeping them in jail. Many of the programs (Sheriff’s Work Crew, Residential Reentry Center and Electronic Surveillance Program) are self-funded. This means the programs come at no direct cost to the citizens of Lane County, and no money comes from the Lane County General Fund.

Who is eligible for alternative programs?

We evaluate every sentenced offender booked into the Lane County Adult Corrections Facility for suitability for alternative programs. Behavior, criminal history, sentence length, community support, and current charges are assessed to determine their eligibility.

Placement for pre-trial offenders is determined by the Pre-trial Release Office at the jail.

What is the Residential Reentry Center (RRC)?

The Residential Reentry Center (RRC) is a work release program and an alternative to jail for sentenced offenders. It provides a controlled environment for inmates to reintegrate into the community by establishing employment, entering an education program, establishing healthy relationships, and participating in treatment programs. The RRC allows inmates to maintain or seek employment to help support their families and/or save money for housing upon release, giving the inmate a foundation to continue on as a productive person in our community once released. The program also allows the inmate to pay on financial responsibilities, such as rent to stay at the RRC, restitution, fines, and child support. The primary goal of the RRC is to reduce recidivism (decrease the chance the person will commit new crimes in the future); evidence has shown that inmates who have housing and employment are less likely to commit crime. The Residential Reentry Center can be reached by phone at (541) 682-2297.

What is the Electronic Surveillance Program (ESP)?

Currently, the Sheriff’s Office uses two different types of monitoring equipment: Global Positioning System (GPS) and alcohol monitoring. The GPS system allows Sheriff's Office personnel to monitor the individual’s movements in the community and notifies staff when an inmate has entered into exclusion zones or has failed to return to their residence at set times. The alcohol monitoring equipment requires the inmate to take random alcohol breath tests each day, taking a picture of the person while the test is being performed. The equipment used by the Sheriff’s Office utilizes cellular technology and landlines are not required in the residence.

What can people on ESP do? Are they restricted to their home?

Offenders on ESP are normally required to be employed at least 32 hours per week and/or engaged in an education program. In most cases, they are able to work and attend educational and treatment programs which encourage a productive law abiding lifestyle and contribute to the community. They are allowed to leave their home for specific, predetermined times.

How are defendants and offenders monitored while on ESP?

Defendants and offenders are monitored on a daily basis, both electronically using ESP equipment, and in person by deputies. Violations are reported immediately to staff via email. The email inbox is monitored 24-hours a day. Staff also conduct home and employment checks on a regular basis. Home checks are done to ensure the defendant/offender is following all program rules and that there are no drugs or alcohol in the home. Participants are also required to submit to regular drug and alcohol tests.

Do defendants and offenders attend treatment programs while at the CCC or ESP?

Many times the court, parole and probation officers, DHS Children's Services, and Residential Reentry Center (RRC) staff require or encourage defendants/offenders residing at the RRC to participate in and complete various programs. These programs are recommended based on the participant's charges, criminal history, behavior, substance abuse history, family situation and by offender input. Examples of these programs include:

• Substance abuse treatment
• Anger management treatment
• Domestic violence prevention
• Sex offender treatment
• Mental health treatment
• Employment assistance and training classes
• Parenting classes
• Victim's impact panels
• Community service
• GED classes
• Diversion programs

What do offenders do on Sheriff’s Work Crew?

Offenders on the Sheriff’s Work Crew do a variety of manual labor jobs for government agencies and non-profit organizations while under the supervision of a deputy sheriff. Per state Deputy on Work Crewlaw, offenders  receive good time and work credit while on the Sheriff’s Work Crew. Lunch and beverages are provided to the inmates.

Can I do Sheriff’s Work Crew to work off my fines?

You will have to contact the sentencing court. This decision is not made by the Sheriff’s Office.

Can I get the schedule for an offender on Sheriff’s Work Crew?

No, we do not provide that information for safety reasons.

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