WADOC improving public safety by positively changing lives: Opportunity for supervision reform and reentry
What Research Suggests: The DOC and its employees are committed to positively changing the lives of individuals on supervision. Research provides evidence and supports the following:
• A wide spectrum of sanctions (i.e. non-, partial and total confinement) coupled with incentives for supervision compliance are more effective in shaping the behaviors of individuals.
• Sanctions must be commensurate with the alleged violation and responsive to an individual’s risk, needs and circumstances. They must be swift, certain and fair
Swift and Certain sanctioning “Reduce the community violator population through a sentencing change that would allow for nonconfinement sanctions for low-level violations; remove the requirement that after an individual commits five violations under community custody, each subsequent violation must be addressed through a hearing and is subject to a sanction of up to 30 days in jail; and remove requirements outlining special rules for addressing violations that constitute new crimes by individuals on supervision for one of 21 underlying offenses.”