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What 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.
 

The 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)

 

The Purpose of the Oklahoma Community Sentencing Act:
  1. Protect the public.
  2. Establish a statewide community sentencing system.
  3. Adequately supervise felony offenders punished under a court-ordered community sentence.
  4. Provide a continuum of sanctions to the court for eligible felony offenders sentenced to a community sentence within the community sentencing system.
  5. Increase the availability of punishment and treatment options to eligible felony offenders.
  6. Improve the criminal justice system within the allocation of state and local resources for the criminal justice system.

Eligible 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.

 
Process and Structure of Criminal Justice System for Community Sentencing
Flow Chart & Accelerated Accountability Procedures Court process outline

 
Each offender will get a "customized" program:
  1. Supervision
    • Meetings with case managers
    • Random Drug Screening

  2. Types of Treatment
    • Substance Abuse Counseling
    • Mental Health Counseling
    • Behavior Change
    • Life Coping Skills

  3. Education
    • Vocational
    • Job Training
    • GED

  4. Employment


Accountability
Compliant offenders often are granted an early release from the program. Non-compliant offenders receive scaled disciplinary sanctions for violations of the rules and conditions of their sentence.



Why Community Sentencing?
"Why should I or my client choose Community Sentencing?"

  • Funding is provided for evaluation, mental health, & substance abuse treatment
  • Punishment alone does not help substance abuse or change criminal behavior
  • Offenders receive supervision by a case manager trained to work with alcohol/drug problems and criminal behavior
  • Offenders respond to skilled supervision and treatment to learn skills & change criminal thinking
  • Offenders receive review hearings with a Community Sentencing judge
  • Offenders receive help to build support and motivation
  • Offenders have a better chance to be successful on probation

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Requirements for Community Sentencing

"How Does an Offender Receive Community Sentencing?"
  • 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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Community Sentencing Council Members

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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Community Sentencing Contact Information

"How can you find out more information about Community Sentencing?"

Contact the local Tulsa County Community Sentencing Administrator 

  • Becky Lawmaster - 918.581.2636

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Contact the Tulsa County Community Sentencing Coordinator

  • Melinda Wiafe - 918.596.8861

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