SENATE COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY

 

 

February 23, 2005†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Hearing Room 343

1:00 P.M.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Tapes 44 - 45

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:†††††††† Sen. Ginny Burdick, Chair

Sen. Charles Starr, Vice-Chair

Sen. Roger Beyer

Sen. Floyd Prozanski

Sen. Vicki Walker

Sen. Doug Whitsett

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Sen. Charlie Ringo

 

STAFF PRESENT:†††††††††††††††† Heidi Moawad, Counsel

Dale Penn, Committee Assistant

 

 

MEASURES/ISSUES HEARD:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Inmate Re-entry into the Community Ė Informational Meeting

 

 

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.† Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speakerís exact words.† For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 44, A

003

Chair Burdick

Calls the meeting to order at 1:15 p.m. and opens an informational meeting.

INMATE RE-ENTRY INTO THE COMMUNITY Ė INFORMATIONAL MEETING

014

Max Williams

Director, Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC). †Testifies on inmate re-entry population information (EXHIBIT A).† Discusses recidivism in Oregon.

038

Williams

Talks about the transitional programs available at the DOC (religious programs, alcohol and drug programs, etc.).

065

Williams

Emphasizes good parenting, even within the DOC.† Addresses the accomplishments of the DOC in the last few Legislative sessions.

095

Williams

Details a recent DOC parenting program that met with incredible success and was awarded a 3.2 million dollar federal grant.† Discusses statistics of parenting programs within the DOC system.

129

Williams

Talks about a recent survey by the Oregon Youth Authority on parents incarcerated within the DOC system.

145

Williams

Explains the Children of Incarcerated Parents program.

181

Sen. Starr

Asks about faith based community outreach in the DOC.

189

Williams

Addresses the faith based community program, Going Home for Good, sponsored by the DOC.

251

Cindy Duran

Chemeketa Community College.† Discusses her history as a previous methamphetamine addict.†

296

Chair Burdick

Inquires how many children she had during her addiction period.

298

Duran

Replies that she had three children at that time.† Goes on to explain how they coped during her addiction.

334

Duran

Talks about being in and out of prison because of her methamphetamine addiction.

394

Duran

Describes some of the prevention programs available in the DOC.

439

Duran

Discusses her release from prison and what post-release programs were available.

482

Duran

Expresses her current situation with school, work, and family.

TAPE 45, A

035

Chair Burdick

Wonders what her opinion is on the best preventative method available to post-release inmates.

044

Duran

Talks about methods that kept her away from outside influences (drugs, alcohol, etc.) as the best way to stay clean.

054

Chair Burdick

Congratulates the witness on staying clean for nearly four years.† Inquires how long it took to return to normal emotional stability.

060

Duran

Replies that it takes a long time away from influences, one and a half to two years, to return to emotional normalcy.

071

Chair Burdick

Asks about drug or alcohol awareness meetings.

073

Duran

Responds that she tries her best to go to all the meetings, but stresses the difficulties with five children.

079

Sen. Prozanski

Inquires what the Legislature can do to assist post-release inmates.

096

Duran

States that methamphetamine addicts will get the drug as soon as they are released back into the community unless there are programs available that keep them away from those influences.† Emphasizes the stability that available housing offers.†

124

Sen. Prozanski

Wonders what the Legislature should pay attention to, in a budgetary sense, in order to assist incarcerated individuals.

137

Duran

Affirms that, in county jails, the parenting and treatment programs need to be addressed.† Details the state programs available at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

165

Paul Solomon

Sponsors, Inc.† Reads testimony on inmate re-entry into the community (EXHIBIT B).

215

Solomon

Continues reading testimony (Exhibit B).

265

Solomon

Continues reading testimony (Exhibit B).

315

Solomon

Continues reading testimony (Exhibit B).

365

Solomon

Continues reading testimony (Exhibit B).

415

Solomon

Continues reading testimony (Exhibit B).

451

Sen. Prozanski

Commends Sponsors, Inc. on their success rates.† Inquires as to a past program that spring-boarded Sponsors, Inc. into what it is today and what the Legislature can do to lower recidivism rates.

TAPE 44, B

039

Duran

Replies that he isnít sure of past programs.† Describes the current programs under Sponsors, Inc.

051

Sen. Prozanski

Expresses his desire for more information on the Sponsors, Inc. program, and their success rates.

059

Duran

Discusses the budgetary problems facing Sponsors, Inc. and how they attempt to help as many post-release inmates they can.

080

Judy Bowman Shiprack

Director, Multnomah County Public Safety Coordinating Counsel.† Testifies on post-release information.

113

Steve Liday

Assistant Director, Adult Community Justice.† Reads testimony on inmate re-entry into the community (EXHIBIT C).

153

Liday

Talks about the barriers facing individuals after their release from prison.† Addresses methods that assist post-release inmates.

177

Liday

Discusses the Joint Access to Benefits and the Going Home programs.

194

Liday

Explains the faith based transitional programs available in the DOC.†† Emphasizes the importance of funding these programs through the next biennium.

237

Sen. Walker

Raises the issue of post-release inmates receiving driverís licenses and other basic needs.

257

Liday

Admits that such a minor inconvenience for others is a true problem for post-release inmates.

269

Chair Burdick

Adjourns the meeting at 2:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

  1. Issue Brief, Inmate Transition/Re-entry, Max Williams, 2 pp
  2. Inmate Re-entry, written testimony, Paul Solomon, 5 pp
  3. Offender Re-entry, written testimony, Steve Liday, 4 pp