A study was done out of Oregon that was measuring the effectiveness of the difference between using community based intermediate sanctions and the ineffectiveness of jail-based sanctions
In the 1990s the Multnomah County, Oregon, Department of Community Justice
(DCJ)—the agency responsible for supervising people on probation, parole,
or post-prison supervision in the county—initiated a series of evidence-based
reforms. As part of this effort, DCJ offi cials asked the Vera Institute to examine
how the county uses intermediate sanctions when people violate the conditions
of their probation or post-prison supervision. Intermediate sanctions (e.g., drug
treatment, community service, day reporting, and jail) represent a stepped hierarchy
of penalties and programs that can forestall a return to prison. Vera conducted
a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the county’s use of these sanctions.
This brief provides an overview of our key findings.