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Title: Matrix System for Custody Classifications and Supervision (From Classification, P 13-34, 1981 - See NCJ-78470)
Author(s): T G Toombs
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper presents the Custody/Supervision Level Matrix developed by the Oregon Corrections Division to protect correctional workers' use of discretionary power, reduce disparity in corrections, and increase certainty when dealing with probationers and parolees.
Abstract: The objective was to develop a systematic method of establishing custody ratings and levels of supervision for inmates, parolees, probationers, and other clients of the corrections division who were enrolled in the State's work release program. To set release dates the matrix uses the Criminal History Risk Assessment Score (CHRS) and the Offense Severity Rating Scale (OSRS). The CHRS ranges from 0 to 11 (the lower the number, the higher the risk). The OSRS classifies all felonies into seven categories (the higher the number, the more serious the offense). Procedural provisions allow the parole board to deviate upward or downward, taking into consideration aggravating or mitigating circumstances related to the crime. Factors bearing on classification decisions (developed as a result of a correctional staff survey) include the nature of the offense, criminal history pattern, length of time to release, demonstrated behavior patterns, and drug/alcohol problems. Examples of how the matrix works and charts used in the matrix are included.
Index Term(s): Correctional reform; Corrections management; Dangerousness; Discretionary decisions; Inmate classification; Oregon; Probation or parole decisionmaking
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