Community Supervision

The DOC has reshaped its community supervision structure to be based on individual case management rather than a one-size-fits-all philosophy. To accomplish this, the department: 

  • Assesses individuals based on their level of risk to re-offend and focuses supervision on the highest-risk offenders.  
  • Emphasizes the offenders’ needs for programming as they relate to stressors that cause criminal behavior such as criminal history, antisocial attitudes, values and beliefs, substance use, etc 
  • Evaluates offenders’ responsivity to deliver programming based on their learning style, motivation and more. 

Providing offenders with clear goals and consequences is as important when they are supervised in Montana communities as when they are incarcerated. By employing the use of the Montana Incentives and Interventions Grid (MIIG), officers in the DOC’s Probation and Parole Division approach supervision of offenders in a consistent manner that encourages accountability and long-term behavioral change. 

“The MIIG provides people on supervision a map of the positive and negative outcomes of behavior. The person can see the road they are on and choose a different outcome. The MIIG provides a common language for communication between probation officers and the people they supervise.” 

Bureau Chief Kim Lahiff, Probation and Parole, Regions 1, 3, and 5 

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