Attorney Dion James Custis Discusses Wyoming’s Intensive Supervision Program
There are several types of supervised probation in the state of Wyoming. According to KCWY13, there are at least 6,000 offenders on supervised probation at any given time.
Completing Wyoming’s Intensive Supervision Program is part of many defendants’ probation requirements. Although the actual rules may vary from person to person, the ISP involves electronic monitoring, drug and alcohol tests, and unannounced work and home visits.
Although probation may seem like a favorable outcome to a case, there are certain situations when it is actually best to avoid these programs. For instance, if defendants’ lifestyles prevent them from completing the probation without violating the terms, then they may be giving the prosecuting authority a noose to hang them with.
If you have violated probation or if you are facing another criminal charge, contact the Law Offices of Dion J. Custis, P.C. Mr. Custis is a Cheyenne criminal lawyer with the experience to help you navigate the legal system. Call us today at 307-638-2442 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on to learn who qualifies for ISP, how the program works and what to expect:
Who Qualifies for the Intensive Supervision Program?
According to the Wyoming Department of Corrections, Wyoming adult inmates may qualify for ISP if they qualify for a sentence modification by the sentencing judge. Inmates who graduate from Boot Camp may also be eligible – unless there is a suitable alternative community program.
Inmates who are eligible for parole or offenders who are awaiting disposition in District Court may also qualify for ISP. Likewise, the WDOC may place an individual under ISP if the department believes that said individual requires enhanced supervision.
How Does ISP Work?
If the WDOC accepts an offender into ISP, then he or she will spend up to 12 months in the program. The offender will work through three levels of supervision. The WDOC will only consider offenders for traditional supervision if they successfully complete all levels of the program.
All offenders must complete the three levels in order to advance to traditional supervision. Level I is the most restrictive time. Offenders will have limited access to the community and must adhere to a schedule and curfew.
Level II still requires that offenders adhere to a schedule and curfew, but they have more access to the community. This may result in access to more social and recreational activities.
When offenders reach Level III, they begin the transition to traditional supervision. The WDOC will relax the curfew and help the offender to work toward greater independence.
What to Expect
Offenders in the ISP can expect to participate in a range of skills classes, combined with personalized treatment programming. They must submit to frequent urinalysis and breathalyzer testing, which may occur on a random basis. It is common for offenders in the ISP to receive frequent unannounced visits.
If you have concerns about your probation situation, contact Cheyenne criminal defense lawyer Dion Custis. Mr. Custis can evaluate your charges and aggressively represent your interests in court. Call us today at 307-638-2442 to schedule a consultation.