Gilliam-Wheeler Community Corrections has the responsibility for supervising adult justice involved individuals (JII’s) sentenced to probation by the Court or released to parole or post-prison supervision from a correctional facility and who reside in Gilliam and Wheeler counties. We work closely with local law enforcement, the Courts, the District Attorney’s offices, DHS, and our local treatment and polygraph providers. Our services are funded by the Oregon Department of Corrections and fees collected from JII’s.
Community corrections provides a cost-effective means to hold offenders accountable while at the same time addressing the causes of criminal behavior and reducing the risk of future criminal behavior. Each aspect of community corrections — supervision, sanctions, and services — is important to this approach.
Gilliam-Wheeler Community Corrections has embraced Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) in its mission to deliver supervision to our JII population. This practice uses detailed JII assessments, interactive motivational interviewing, and correlated sanctions and services to reduce risk and promote offender change.
Sanctions may include jail, electronic surveillance, community work crew, community service, or increased reporting. Working with community agencies to provide other services such as alcohol/drug treatment, sex offender treatment, domestic violence treatment, and mental health services also are important for long-term behavioral change.
Parole & Probation Officer Training & Duties
All Adult Parole and Probation Officers attend the Department of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) Academy and are certified through the State of Oregon. They must attend mandatory training on a yearly basis in order to maintain certification.
Parole and probation officers have the powers of peace officers in the execution of their duties but are not active members of the regular police force. Each parole and probation officer appointed by the court, before entering on the duties of office, shall take an oath of office.
Parole and Probation Officer duties include:
- Unscheduled/unannounced visits with JII’s at their home, work, or other community locations
- Conducting searches when needed
- In-office visits
- Gathering information from collateral sources
- Preparing release plans for JII’s returning to the community from DOC custody
- Administering various assessments to determine risk level and individual needs,
- Developing case plans based on assessed needs and court requirements
- Randomly testing for substance abuse when needed
- Referrals to treatment programs and have ongoing contact with the treatment providers,
- Preparing and submitting written reports to releasing authorities; courts, Parole Board, and the Local Supervisory Authority,
- Recommending "appropriate" sanctions including probation terminations (typically for JII’s who pose a high risk of re-offending)
- Keeping detailed records of all work done
- Assuring that the JII completes all conditions imposed by the releasing authority
Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facilities (NORCOR) is a Regional Adult Jail and Juvenile Detention Correction Facility complex that serves four counties. Gilliam, Hood River, Sherman, and Wasco counties operate this facility — setting a national precedent for multi-county collaboration.
Wheeler County also houses JII’s at NORCOR as well as the Grant County Jail.
201 Webber Road
The Dalles, OR 97058