Multnomah County supervises approximately 900 sexual offenders of whom approximately 200 have been identified as predatory. The sex offender supervision team consists of a District Manager, a Program Manager, three supervisors, 17 parole/probation officers representing three field offices, as well as a Spanish speaking parole/probation officer, all of whom have received specialized training and certification.
Supervision is achieved by bringing to bear the full compliment of resources known to be effective to contain and reintegrate persons convicted of sex crimes back in the community.
The tools utilized to achieve these goals include:
- A thorough assessment of the risk to the community based on actuarial and dynamic risk assessments which includes a review of the specific details of the crime of conviction, prior criminal activity including convictions and admissions, attitudes and actions taken by the offender which reflect an understanding of the impact of the crime on the victim and the community, and a willingness to change behavior and accept accountability for prior actions.
- Development of a plan for notification of appropriate persons in the community where the offender will reside. Such notification may, depending on the unique circumstances of each case, include the individuals with whom the offender plans to live, persons residing in close proximity to the offender, neighborhood organizations, schools, churches, police precincts and internet posting.
- Surveillance and visits to the offender’s home to assure compliance with the conditions of supervision. Home contacts may include searches for evidence of new criminal activities and activities which are known to increase the likelihood of sexual crimes.
- Contact with the offender’s neighbors, acquaintances, family members, victims and employers to assess compliance with the conditions of supervision and progress or regression in the offender’s attitude toward positive change. A primary focus is the offender’s compliance with the “no contact” provisions (minors, victims or specified others) included in the conditions of supervision.
- Reporting by the offender to the parole/probation office to assess compliance with the conditions of supervision and progress toward completion of specific activities mandated by the Court or Parole Board.
- The imposition of appropriate sanctions for any failure to comply with the conditions of supervision or evidence of inappropriate sexual arousal behaviors. These sanctions can include but are not limited to increased reporting, community service, short-term jail sentences, and when appropriate revocation of community supervision.
- Evaluation by an approved sex offender treatment provider and treatment until all treatment goals are achieved. These goals are specific to the offender's sexual arousal and knowledge, emotional regulation, social relationships, personal risk factors/re-offense prevention and life skills.
- Detailed risk and relapse prevention plans developed through the collaborative efforts of the treatment provider, parole/probation officer, and individuals approved to monitor the offender’s behaviors in the community as well as the offender. Such plans provide strict guidelines for any interaction between the offender and victims or potential victims with the priority centered on protecting the community and ensuring the safety of the victim.
- Polygraph examinations to verify compliance with supervision conditions and to verify the offender’s sexual history for treatment purposes.
- Monitor compliance with imposed condition to be financially responsible for counseling, therapy and medical costs of the victim/family when so ordered.
- Where appropriate, at the sole discretion of the victim(s) of the offender, facilitate clarification.
- In collaboration with local law enforcement and Oregon State Police, monitor offenders’ compliance with sex offender registration laws.