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Comprehensive Sanctions Center in the Northern District of Ohio

NCJ Number
Federal Probation Volume: 59 Issue: 3 Dated: (September 1995) Pages: 52-57
J V Callahan; K A Koenning
Date Published
6 pages
Between October 1992 and April 1994, a Comprehensive Sanctions Center (CSC) operated in the Northern District of Ohio in Cleveland; the program stemmed from the Intermediate Sanctions Project of the National Institute of Corrections.
The CSC was an intensive, multidimensional halfway house program that incorporated several rehabilitation programs and varying supervision levels. The CSC was designed to address each offender's incarceration and rehabilitation needs through a customized program. Each offender's initial program was formulated by the offender and the CSC Program Review Team (PRT). The PRT included a U.S. probation officer, a contract counselor, and a representative from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The CSC addressed the needs of several offender groups, including supervision violators, newly sentenced offenders, and inmates released from BOP institutions through prerelease procedures. Yhe program was evaluated using a sample of 55 offenders and 34 offense categories. The type of intermediate sanction was recorded as a direct court commitment or a supervision modification. Information was also collected on whether the offender finished the CSC program and on the offender's likely success. Of the 55 offenders, 78 percent finished the CSC program. In terms of recidivism, 25 percent recidivated within 6 months. Of 20 offenders in a subsample charged with drug-related violations, 25 percent recidivated. The overall effectiveness of the CSC program is discussed, and the authors recommend that future research on the CSC concept continue to be based on recidivism. 1 reference and 1 figure