MONTGOMERY COUNTY SANCTIONS COURT
Standard Operating Procedures
REFERRAL PROCESS
All new probated felony offenders, with the exclusion of sex offenders, who initially score “high risk” on the risk assessment, will be referred to Phase I.
Place on docket after 30 days of placement on probation.
All new probated felony offenders who score “moderate risk” on the risk assessment and who have no treatment needs will be referred to Phase II.
Place on docket after 90 days of placement on probation, if the offender is out of compliance with conditions of probation. If the offender is initially placed in phase two and remains in compliance with COP, the case will not be placed on the docket unless or until the case is determined to be out of compliance.
Placement on the docket after the initial 90 days will be at the discretion of the officer depending upon compliance with the conditions of probation. Incentives should be applied depending upon progress and officer discretion.
The offender will be staffed for dismissal from the Sanctions Program after 6 consecutive months of compliance.
If a violation occurs before the initial 90 days, placement on the docket will be immediately.
If a Community Supervision Officer wants to refer an offender who has been on probation for some time to the program due to a new violation and as sanction in lieu of filing a MTR or as a recommendation on MTR, the defendant must first be placed on the docket of original courtfor the purpose of an admonishment and then modified to Sanctions Court by the court, if it is not already ordered.
Criteria for Sanction/Modification from Regular Supervision Officers:
Felony offender with High or Moderate Risk Score
Must be out of compliance with conditions
Must be screened by Sanctions Officer for acceptance
· New offense/positive urinalysis/admissions of drug/alcohol use will enter Phase I with Substance Abuse Counseling required.
· Technical violations (FTR’s, delinquent fees, failure to perform CSR hours) will enter Phase II with MRT required.
PHASE I
All offenders scoring ‘high risk” on risk assessment will be supervised at this level until satisfactory progress dictates lowering the level of supervision to Phase II. Phase I also includes cases which have a moderate risk score, indicate a need for treatment, and/or demonstrate significant compliance problems.
Requirements for Phase I
  1. Court sessions monthly.
  2. Supervised at maximum level of supervision as per department policy.
  3. Random drug testing as per original court policy.
  4. Currently in treatment, needs to be placed in treatment, or is beginning treatment (substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, psychological, etc.) or MRT as required.
  5. MRT required if offender is not required to attend any other treatment program.
Phase II
All offenders scoring moderate on the risk assessment may be supervised at this level unless specifically ordered to begin in Phase I.
Requirements for Phase II*
  1. Court sessions 1-3 times every 90 days.
  2. Supervised at medium level of supervision as per department policy.
  3. Completion of treatment, or is progressing well in treatment.
  4. Random drug testing as per original court policy.
5. MRT may be required.
*Offenders in Phase II who have no treatment needs and who are only required to perform community service and pay court-ordered monies will be scheduled to appear in court every 90 days. Offenders that fail to comply with their community service and fee payment requirements can be schedule to appear in court before 90 days so that the non-compliance issue(s) can be addressed. Offenders who comply with their community service and fee payment requirements can be given incentives as a reward for their continued compliance. At the discretion of the officer and the court, an offender can have the 90-day court appearance waived as an incentive/reward for continued compliance.
PHASE III
  1. Discharged from Program and supervised on regular caseload.
  2. Subject to Sanctions.
  3. Incentives can be applied unless excluded.
General Information
All offenders court ordered in the Sanctions Court Program will be placed on S.T.E.P. (Sanctions Toward Effective Probation) and will sign and receive a copy at probation office intake. See attached form.
Court dockets are held on a weekly basis-
Monday’s at 8:30 am 418th District Court/Judge Tracy Gilbert.
Wednesday’s at 4:30 pm 221st District Court/Judge Suzanne Stovall.
The Sanctions Court Officer is responsible for typing their dockets with specific information and submitting this docket to the Judge of the court the day before court. Each case is staffed with the Judge prior to each docket; staffings are held by telephone or in person, one hour before each docket.
During the docket the Sanctions Officer will be responsible for obtaining and documenting the instructions that the Judge gives each offender in court and then report that information back to the supervising officer. Each docket will state what the Judge instructed the offender to do and the offender’s response to that instruction.
Offender’s who have done well will be recognized for their efforts by applause, given a WOW, and a piece of candy; while offender’s who have violated their conditions of probation will be sanctioned accordingly.
Criteria for Discharge from Phase I
  1. Passed all random drug tests.
  2. Participating in required treatment and progressing (substance abuse counseling, domestic violence, psychological, DWI/DOEP/DWI-IP Class, MRT).
  3. Complying with all special conditions (CSR performance, etc)
  4. Current on court ordered payments.
  5. Officer will staff case with Judge for Phase progression and incentives if applicable.
Criteria for Discharge from Phase II
  1. In substantial compliance with the conditions of probation (no major violations of the court’s order).
  2. Passed all random drug tests.
  3. Completed required treatment (substance abuse counseling, domestic violence, psychological, DWI/DOEP/DWI-IP Class). Offenders that are participating in MRT and have completed treatment, can be discharged from Phase II while remaining in MRT.
  4. Complying with all special conditions (CSR performance, etc)
  5. Current on court ordered payments.
  6. Officer will staff the case with the Judge for program discharge and incentives if applicable.
  7. Remains in Phase III for duration of supervision term.
If the offender violates at a later date, the supervising officer may refer the offender back to Sanctions Court.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
Groups held Monday’s at 4 pm and 6:30 pm and Wednesday’s at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm at Adult Probation Office.
Phase I offenders will attend MRT if they are not required to attend substance abuse, and other treatments.
Phase II offenders with no counseling requirements will attend MRT.
MRT attendance will also be used as sanction for non compliance.
Special circumstances:
Sex Offenders:
If a Judge orders a sex offender into Sanctions Court, the sex offender will continue to supervise the case and send the sex offender to Sanctions Court with a Sanction Officer.
SASA-221st Cases:

SASA Program takes priority over Sanctions Court and the offender can enter Sanctions Court after SASA graduation.

 

SANCTIONS COURT INCENTIVES AND SANCTIONS

 

Incentives
  1. 16 hours CSR credit=Successfully complete treatment with no positive urinalysis.
  2. 16 hours CSR credit=Successfully complete treatment with no missed groups.
  3. 16 hours CSR credit=Obtained GED while in Sanctions Program.
  4. 8 hours of CSR credit=ahead 2 months CSR (32).
  5. 8 hours of CSR credit=6 negative random urinalysis in a row.
  6. 4 hours of CSR credit=Receiving 3 WOW’s in a row without an incentive given.

 Sanctions

  1. Follow STEP sanctions for certain violations.
  2. Additional CSR hours for not performing the number of hours the offender was instructed to perform by the Judge.
  3. CSR work scheduling by supervision officer for offender’s who continue to show a pattern of not completing their hours.
  4. Place a defendant in custody during the docket to try to get their attention about a certain obligation.
  5. Write essays.
  6. Increased court appearances.
  7. Attend MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy)
If the offender successfully completes the Sanctions Program and returns to Sanctions upon a violation of their conditions of supervision, an additional 100 hours of CSR will be added 

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