The Family Sentencing Alternative Pilot (FSAP) model is a state funded program designed to work with non-violent offenders that are facing a prison sentence, and is a parent or legal guardian at the time they committed their current offense. The overall goal of the program is to reduce the number of children placed into foster care while reducing the overall DOC prison commitments and reducing recidivism by improving offender functioning in the community. Prior to sentencing, the Court will typically refer potential offenders facing a prison commitment for a pre-sentence FSAP assessment with the consent of the District Attorney and Defense Attorney. Community Corrections will complete the assessment within 5 days and submit a report outlining the defendant's criminogenic risk factors and make a recommendation regarding community supervision, including conditions needed to address the risk factors in the community. If sentenced to community supervision, offenders will receive an enhanced level of supervision as well as services that may include housing, mentoring, parenting skills, substance abuse treatment, and cognitive behavioral therapy. In addition, the PO will communicate with DHS to verify any open cases they may have, and coordinate supervision and services as needed.

Who is eligible?

  • Downward departure property and drug offenses committed by non-violent offenders who have custody of their children at the time of the offense
  • Probation property and drug offenders who have custody of their children at the time of the offense and are likely to benefit from intensive supervision
  • Offenders on Second Look release who have custody of their children at the time of the offense

Entry Process

The Court retains control regarding whether to sentence a defendant to downward departure probation. Joint approval by Community Corrections, Court, and the DA's Office is required for participation in the FSAP specialty programs.​

  • Evaluation for entry into FSAP may be initiated by the defendant, the court, community corrections, or the DA's office.
  • A party who wishes to have an individual screened for a specialty program will fill out and submit a referral form (available here).
  • Once completed, the referral form will be sent to the community corrections department and to a representative of the DA's office for review.
  • If the defendant fits within the eligibility requirements the defendant will be recommended for an evaluation.
  • Evaluation will include a Defendant Assessment Review ("DAR") to be conducted by Community Corrections.
  • The team of evaluators will then make a recommendation as to which specialty court or program the Defendant would be best served.
  • If Defendant is approved and seeks to enter the program, then the plea, sentencing and entry into the program will occur.  If Defendant declines to participate, the case will continue through the legal system in the normal course.

Upon entry

Community Corrections will ensure all FSAP participants are supervised by FSAP probation officers to promote consistency.

Minimum participation periods

FSAP participants must stipulate at time of plea and sentence to an initial length of 5 years.  It is anticipated that many participants will qualify for Earned Discharge at the halfway point in the probation.  There is an 18 month minimum participation length of the FSAP programs.

Participants who have completed all of the requirements of FSAP can request the Court to terminate probation prior to 5 years.

Residency Requirement

FSAP participants must either reside within or agree to move to Washington County and live in approved FSAP housing.