Tulsa County District Office
440 South Houston, Suite 701
Tulsa, OK 74127-8911
(918) 581-2931 FAX: (918) 581-2694
Rick Parish, District Supervisor
Cameron Rose, Assistant District Supervisor
Kathy King, Assistant District Supervisor
Tulsa County District Community Corrections has been involved with the
Tulsa County Drug Court since May of 1996. The Tulsa County Drug
Court expanded in February 2002, to include DUI Court. TCDCC has
five officers assigned to Drug Court and one officer assigned to DUI Court. Each
officer supervises approximately 65 participants at a time and serves as
a member of the Drug Court team. Drug Court officers conduct an
LSI-R interview, office visits, home visits, submit weekly progress reports,
attend weekly staff meetings with the team and appear in court each week. The
progress reports contain the participants progress, or lack of, residence
and employment verification, identified Capable Guardian, the client’s
current stage of change and the officer’s recommendation for sanctions
or referrals based on the participant’s needs.
Drug Court is designed to last a minimum of eighteen months and a maximum of three years. There are currently five phases the participants must complete prior to graduation from the program. Participants are promoted from one phase to the next after they have completed milestones for that phase. Failure of a participant to follow the rules and conditions of their performance contract, results in a sanction imposed by the Drug Court team. Sanctions may include community service, increased urinalysis, increased supervision contacts, increased treatment, increased court appearances, jail time, or phase demotion. Participants who are abiding by the rules and conditions are given incentives such as curfew extensions, gift cards, candy bars, fee waivers, and positive reinforcement from the team. Upon graduation of the program, participants may have their cases dismissed, reduced, or withdrawn by the district attorney’s office. To date, Tulsa County has had 2095 participants in Drug Court and 665 participants in DUI Court. Out of those, 823 have graduated from Drug Court and 339 from DUI Court.
Tulsa County District Community Corrections currently has three (3) officers
supervising approximately 108 offenders on the GPS program and approximately
four offenders on the EMP program. These officers review offenders
for eligibility and ensure no one is in the excluded category. Officers
complete all GPS/EMP residence verifications and parole residence verifications
when GPS/EMP offenders are ready for transfer to parole. The officers
are responsible for hooking up the equipment and ensuring that it is in
An Active Wearable Miniature Tracking Device (WMTD) Violation Report is reviewed daily to ensure the offenders are charging their equipment daily and violations are addressed immediately. GPS offenders are continuously monitored utilizing global positioning satellite monitoring technology (GPS). The officers are responsible for GPS offenders reporting monthly in the office and a home visit is completed monthly. Electronic Monitoring Program (EMP) offenders are monitored by SCRAM, which is for the first 90 days, then offenders are placed on G4S monitoring, both are alcohol monitoring devices. EMP offenders are seen in the office two times per month and two home visits per month are completed.
Officers are also responsible for case management duties including responding to requests to staff, and earned credit/level promotions or demotions. The officers also prepare misconduct reports and violation reports for program removal hearings. Transfer packets are completed for offenders returning to a higher security and transferring to other districts.
From June 2008 to August 2009, one EMP offender was removed for alcohol use and one EMP offender for a new law violation. We have had a total of sixty GPS offenders removed from the program for the following: forty-eight for alcohol or illicit drug use, three escapes, one law violation, one domestic assault and battery, four for tampering with the equipment, one failure to maintain employment, one ICE Detainer and one menacing.
Each week, Billie Pack, Team Supervisor attends the Tulsa County Gang Task Force meeting. This is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement team made up of officers from the Department of Corrections, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Tulsa Police Department, Marshal’s Office and surrounding police departments. Team Supervisor Pack presents information about offenders under supervision of the Department of Corrections that have been certified as either gang members or associates. Team Supervisor Pack also presents certification information on those offenders who need to become certified as gang members or associates. The Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office provide arrest information on gang members; Team Supervisor Pack then researches the names to determine if they are on active supervision with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Team Supervisor Pack notifies the supervising officer of the law enforcement contact and report numbers. Team Supervisor Pack does this for clients supervised in Tulsa County District Community Corrections and outside the district. This information is passed on to officers about areas of town that have seen a rise in gang violence or activity to alert them of safety issues when they are in the field. Team Supervisor Pack is currently in the process of establishing a data base of offenders who are gang members or associates and currently on supervision in the Tulsa area.
The Women In Recovery (WIR) program currently has one (1) officer, Lewana Harris who has nine (9) female offenders participating in the program. WIR is an intensive day treatment program for females who are involved in the criminal justice system and are at a high-risk to reoffend. Some of these females have previously been incarcerated. WIR is a collaborated effort between the court, probation and parole, and treatment providers who assist female offenders with substance abuse treatment, nutrition, parenting, mental health treatment, victim counseling and promotes social behavior.
Tulsa County District Community Corrections has one officer Seth Day, who specializes in the supervision of Spanish speaking offenders in the Tulsa County area. Officer Day supervises all Spanish speaking offenders on supervision, writes all pre-sentence investigations ordered in Tulsa County for Hispanic offenders and works closely with court interpreters to supervise these offenders. In addition, many of the forms used by probation and parole have been translated to ensure that these offenders understand the rules and conditions of their community supervision; and Officer Day ensures that all foreign-born and suspected foreign-born offenders are reported to Homeland Security.
This specialized unit of the Tulsa County District Community Corrections is dedicated to the community supervision of sex offenders in Tulsa County. The unit utilizes a containment approach and has a close working relationship between probation and parole, treatment providers, polygraph examiners, victim advocates and law enforcement. All officers have received training in the unique nature of sex offender supervision. The team completes sex offender pre-sentence investigation reports for Tulsa County, and completes sex offender registrations for offenders who are under probation supervision, and those who are not. The unit enters registered offenders into the Tulsa County Offender Watch program, and works closely with the Tulsa Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not residing within the 2000’ safety zones established by Oklahoma law.
The goal of the Tulsa County District Community Corrections parole team
is to address the needs of our offenders to enable them to be successful
in life and in so doing making the community a safe place to live. We
utilize the resources in our communities to assist offenders in developing
positive relationships within their community and help them become contributing
members of society.
Currently there are four officers in our district that specialize in parole cases, one of which is a female officer that supervises all female parolees, and another officer that is working with the Department of Mental Health as part of the Department of Corrections Re-entry Intensive Care Coordination Team (RICCT). The officer working with these seriously mentally ill RICCTS clients must frequently liaison with community based mental health treatment providers. This officer also attends the Tulsa meetings of the Jail Diversion Committee and the statewide RICCTS meetings every quarter. Currently there are 13 actively supervised RICCT clients on either probation or parole supervision. Upon reporting of the offender, the parole officers review the pre-release plan, begin their assessment of the offenders needs, and review the offender’s special parole conditions. Upon completion of assessed needs the parole officers negotiate the transition plan with the offender and develop a supervision strategy to engage the offender in skills training, treatment and the ongoing support of their natural communities.
In the beginning phases of the team’s creation many contacts were made within the community to collaborate with stakeholders in our common goal of assisting with the successful re-entry of offenders. These officers maintain frequent contact with stakeholders in the community reinforcing our relationships with them and ensuring the successful participation and reentry of the offenders. Due to the special population dealt with, resources have been added for indigent parole contracts with numerous providers in our community. These providers help our offenders address issues of substance abuse, mental health, anger management and educational needs.
As a group, we have worked to make consistent decisions in reference to violations. We have utilized numerous intermediate sanctioning options on offenders in lieu of revocation never forgetting the department’s mission statement to protect the public, the employee and the offender.
Tulsa County Mental Health Court accepted their first clients in June
County District Community Corrections was involved in the planning and
implementation of the new treatment court throughout the year previous
to accepting clients in 2007.
TCDCC has two officers responsible for participants referred by the Mental Health Court to be under supervision of the Department of Corrections. There is currently funding available to accept 75 participants into the program with 59 currently active. To date, there have been 90 participants with 7 of those having graduated the program. Mental Health Court officers conduct weekly office visits, obtain frequent urinalysis and write a weekly progress report for the Mental Health Court team, which is discussed in a weekly staffing or status meeting. The officers attend court each Monday. The officer’s weekly progress report reveals the participants progress or lack of progress and their general adjustment as well as recommendations for sanctions and incentives or referrals for specific needs. Mental Health Court is designed to last eighteen months, but not to exceed two years. There are four phases of treatment that the participants must complete prior to being eligible to graduate. Participants are promoted from one phase to the next phase after they have successfully completed the treatment requirements for each phase and have followed the rules of their performance contract. Failure of a participant to follow those rules will result in a sanction being imposed by the Mental Health Court team. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to: community service, more intensive treatment, jail, more frequent urinalysis and office visits, increased court appearances and phase demotion. Participants who are abiding by the rules and conditions of the program are given incentives such as decreased urinalysis, certificates of achievement, monetary gift cards or later curfews to name a few.
The Mental Health Court utilizes an honor roll which is a poster displayed in the courtroom listing participants who have positive attitudes and have been sanction free for thirty days. There is also a promotion poster showing each participant’s current phase placement, which elicits peer support and encouragement.
Tulsa County District Community Corrections is focusing on the special
needs and concerns that are involved with the supervision of female offenders. The
district currently has three caseloads supervised by female officers that
consist of only female offenders. One caseload is comprised of solely
parole offenders, another is dedicated to female offenders on GPS surveillance
and the last consists of females assigned to the Women In Recovery program
developed by Tulsa County District Court to address special needs of female
offenders normally bound for prison.
Tulsa County District Community Corrections employees are also members of the Female Offender Task Force in Tulsa County. This task force was developed to address the high rate of female incarceration in Oklahoma.