Tulsa Community Sentencing
What is Community
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is Community Sentencing?
"A Step in
the Right Direction to Becoming a Good Citizen in the Community"
Definition of Community Sentencing
Community Sentencing- is a prison diversion program that rehabilitates offenders through the community. The goal of the program is to address the multi-faceted problems of the chemically dependent and criminal population. The program includes: probation supervision, monthly drug testing, individual and group counseling sessions and regular participation in support groups. The program also offers cognitive behavioral classes, vocational training, and residential care, if necessary.
Origin and History of Community Sentencing
House Bill No. 1008 was passed by the legislature and signed by the
Governor on June 30, 1999. The Oklahoma Community Sentencing
Act is intended to provide resources to allow the courts the option of
providing eligible offenders with supervision and treatment services
that will impact their criminal behavior.
Supervision, treatment, an education are first funded
priorities. The legislation also calls for a local planning
council for each jurisdiction. The Tulsa County Criminal
Justice Planning & Policy Council has been created to plan,
monitor, offer support and guidance for the Tulsa County Community
Sentencing program and for the court in providing services to offenders
eligible for a community sentence. (Chief Judge or designee of the
district, DA, Sheriff, Commissioner, 3 or more citizens)
Purpose of the Oklahoma Community Sentencing Act:
- Protect the public.
- Establish a statewide community
- Adequately supervise felony offenders
punished under a court-ordered community sentence.
- Provide a continuum of sanctions to the
court for eligible felony
offenders sentenced to a community sentence within the community
- Increase the availability of punishment
and treatment options to eligible felony offenders.
- Improve the criminal justice system
within the allocation of state and local resources for the criminal
Offenders & Pre-screening Process
Eligible offenders means a felony offender who has been convicted of or
who has entered a plea other than not guilty to a non-violent felony
offense and who has scored in the moderate range of the Level of
Services Inventory (LSI) assessment instrument.
The District Attorney may consent to eligibility for an offender who
has a mental illness or a developmental disability or a co-occurring
mental illness and substance abuse disorder and who scores outside the
moderate range of the LSI. Pre-screening for eligible
offenders involves reviewing all Arrest & Booking sheets of all
offender arrests. Background checks are then conducted
through IMACS, TRACIS, OSCN, ODCR, DA screen, NCIC.
and Structure of Criminal Justice System for Community
Flow Chart & Accelerated Accountability Procedures
Court process outline
offender will get a "customized" program:
- Meetings with case managers
- Random Drug Screening
- Substance Abuse Counseling
- Mental Health Counseling
- Behavior Change
- Life Coping Skills
- Job Training
Compliant offenders often are granted an early release from the
program. Non-compliant offenders receive scaled disciplinary sanctions
violations of the rules and conditions of their sentence.
"Why should I or my client choose
- Funding is
provided for evaluation, mental health, & substance abuse
alone does not help substance abuse or change criminal behavior
receive supervision by a case manager trained to work with alcohol/drug
problems and criminal behavior
respond to skilled supervision and treatment to learn skills &
change criminal thinking
receive review hearings with a Community Sentencing judge
receive help to build support and motivation
have a better chance to be successful on probation
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"How Does an Offender Receive Community
- Talk to your attorney or judge about receiving a
Level of Service Inventory - Revised (LSI-R) to determine eligibility for Community Sentencing.
- If incarcerated at (D.L.Moss) an inmate can receive a pre-screening for the LSI for eligibility.
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Sentencing Council Members
- Judge Jefferson Sellers
- District Attorney Tim Harris
- Sheriff Stanley Glanz
- Sherri Carrier
- Paul McCurtain
- Pete Silva
- Allen Smallwood
- Sally Howe Smith
- Commissioner Fred Perry
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Sentencing Contact Information
"How can you find out more information
about Community Sentencing?"
Contact the local Tulsa County Community Sentencing
Lawmaster - 918.581.2636
Contact the Tulsa County Community Sentencing
- Melinda Wiafe
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