Drug Court is a special problem-solving court designed to supervise adult defendants whose criminal behavior is directly related to their substance abuse. Participants must be referred for screening by the District Attorney, accepted into the program by the Drug Court Team, and must agree to participate. Participants appear in Court regularly and are involved in numerous other activities intended to promote substance free living.
The goal of the Colorado Judicial Department’s response to domestic violence is to provide probation monitoring and supervision for domestic violence offenders, differentiating the level of service delivery on the basis of appropriate assessment. A fundamental assumption of these Guidelines is that the response of the criminal justice system must include protection of the victim and containment of the offender as the critical elements of a community effort to reduce and end family violence.
These guidelines are based on the premise that there must be a coordinated community response to the issue of domestic violence, including the criminal justice system, the treatment providers, non-profit victim services, and the local community. Each entity has a specific responsibility to contribute to the containment of these offenders. It is incumbent upon each entity to know how his/her actions interrelate and complement the rest of the containment process. A containment strategy strives for efficiency and thoroughness, not duplication of services.
Economic Crime supervision was created to promote consistent and effective supervision for Economic Crime Offenders. Economic Crime can encompass many types of nonviolent offenses. The crime is committed from a position of trust with the incentive being greed. Economic Crime offender’s exhibit predatory behavior and will seek to build trust with vulnerable individuals with the purpose of financial gain while committing a crime.
Economic Crime supervision strategies focus on establishing elements of containment through offender accountability and full financial disclosure. Supervision strategies include financial investigations with the collaborative efforts of Collections Investigators, formal case assessment, exploring third party notifications, case plans focusing on specific risk/needs, theft classes, victim empathy classes, budgeting classes and cognitive therapy (Restitution and Recovery). These guidelines are essential to effectively supervise this offender population in order to reduce recidivism, recover restitution and to minimize further victimization due to financial predatory behavior.
The Family Probation Unit is about working with families within the Family Support Approach for Community Supervision. It involves a shift in paradigm and attitudes more than anything else. The Family Support Approach does not entail providing unlimited services to all family members. Rather, it is about providing support to family members to the extent that support promotes successful completion of goals and objectives of community supervision. The Family Probation Unit is geared to assisting female offenders of any age with children and male offenders under 24 years of age with children. There is a vast amount of support services that range from pre-natal care, substance abuse treatment, drug testing, relapse prevention, anger management, life skills, parenting groups, mental health evaluations, home based interventions, moral reconation therapy (MRT) and cognitive behavioral therapy to name a few. This model is also incentive based thereby offering the families access to a recreation center, sponsoring family nights and work for points program that can later be exchanged for food and prizes.
The goal of the Female Offender Program is to provide intensive supervision for high-risk/high need substance abusing female offenders, emphasizing assessment and case management strategies that address special needs. Without this level of intervention, the probability of failure while on probation is significant for this population.
The Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP) program is designed as a prison and community corrections diversion program which allows the courts a sentencing alternative for high risk offenders to be supervised in the community while on probation. Individuals that meet certain sentencing and risk assessment criteria either at the initial sentencing stage of their case, or upon a probation revocation may be sentenced by the court to a term of probation in ISP. Specialized Probation Supervision Guidelines promulgated by the Division of Probation Services mandate that these individuals receive the highest level of supervision provided to any of the offenders placed under probation supervision by the courts. Some of these supervision methods and standards include increased reporting requirements, restricted movement and activities, monitored curfews, residential and employment contacts, alcohol and drug screening, as well as, assessment and appropriate referrals for treatment for offense specific or addiction related issues.
The Denver Adult Probation Department’s Mental Health Unit was implemented in 1996, to supervise and effectively manage those offenders that suffer from a Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) or a Serious Mental Illness (SMI). The Mental Health Unit is collaborative, systematic effort involving the Courts, probation officers, mental health and substance abuse providers, offenders and their families.
Family Integrated Drug Court (FIDC) is a program designed to serve substance abusing families in the criminal justice and child welfare systems. The goals of the program are specific to child protection, family preservation and public safety. Family Integrated Drug Court is strength based, voluntary program offered to families that have an active adult, non violent criminal case and has an active Dependency and Neglect Petition, and/or Truancy and/or Delinquency case with an identified treatment level of substance abuse. Eligible cases must be post-sentence and post dispositional hearing.