CSOSA is committed to assisting offenders to change negative behaviors and successfully reintegrate into society. One of the keys to successful supervision is the implementation of immediate sanctions when rule-breaking behavior occurs. CSOSA's sanctions are defined in a contract between the Community Supervision Officer and the offender, which is signed at the beginning of supervision. From the start, the offender knows his or her responsibilities while under probation, parole or supervised release and the consequences for non-compliant behavior.
In order to instill an imperative of individual accountability, every documented accountability contract violation will be met with a prescribed and immediate response. An offender's sanction schedule will correspond to his/her level of risk.
Examples of graduated sanctions typically imposed are:
- Assignment to the Day Reporting Center
- Electronic and GPS (satellite) monitoring
- Automatic return to twice weekly drug testing
- Increased telephone or in-person contacts with the Community Supervision Officer
- Community service assignments
- Short-term placement in a residential sanctions or treatment facility
- Reprimand hearings before the U.S. Parole Commission (USPC)
The purpose of the USPC Reprimand Sanction Hearing is to provide a graduated sanction, short of revocation, that permits the USPC to address non-compliant offender behavior and to encourage a commitment from the offender to make positive behavioral changes to comply with the conditions of release.
When graduated sanctions are exhausted, or the offender commits a new offense or poses a significant risk to public safety, an Alleged Violation Report (AVR) is submitted resulting in a disciplinary hearing before the DC Superior Court or United States Parole Commission. Disciplinary hearings can result in revocation of the offender's parole, probation or supervised release.