WHAT IS SENTENCING SERVICES?
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1983, the Sentencing Services of One Step Further
has provided the Court with plans that recommend specific forms
of punishment and treatment for clients. Today, Sentencing Services is one of
many Sentencing Services Programs that operates throughout the State
of North Carolina.
Sentencing Services plan is a written document that is presented to the
Court to provide valuable information to the judge that can assist with
sentencing the client to appropriate levels of supervision. For those
clients that are in need of some kind of treatment - be it substance abuse
or mental health treatment - a Sentencing Plan will connect them to
treatment providers that are suited to treat that specific client.
A typical plan
takes into account such things as:
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- A detailed social history
- Results of any assessments
- Recommendations for Probation
- Mental Health needs
- Education Needs
- Victim Restitutuion
- Substance Abuse needs
be eligible for a Sentencing Plan a client must:
Common Charges that One Step Further
works with includes:
- Be charged with a felony or
misdemeanor that is eligible for either an active sentence or an
- Not have been sentenced yet
- Have their attorney or public
- Not be charged with any sex
offenses or crimes involving a minor
- Breaking or Entering
- Possession of Stolen Goods
- Possession/Sale of Drugs
- Common Law Robbery
AT SENTENCING SERVICES?
can receive referrals from defense attorneys, judges, district
attorneys, clients, and community residents. If the referral comes from
the client or a community resident, Sentencing Services must first get the
attorney or public defender's approval to work on the plan. Once approval
has been established, a sentencing specialist is assigned to the case and
- Verify as much information provided
by the client as possible
- Asess the client's risk to re-offend
on community supervision
- Assess the degree of the client's drug and alcohol
- Arrange any further evaluations that are necessary
- Link the
to resources that can address causes of his/her criminal behavior
- Present the information in a written plan for
the sentencing judge
- The judge
makes a more informed decision based on the defendant's plan.
- The victim
can be repaid
- The defendants
remain in the community to work, support their families, pay taxes,
the community for their criminal behavior.
- The taxpayer
saves tax dollars when fewer nonviolent defendants are incarcerated.
DOES A SENTENCING SERVCES PLAN COST?
cost of a Sentencing Plan for the client is based on a fee schedule developed in accordance with a
ability to pay and a combination of public and private funding resources.