Integrative Re-Entry Intensive Supervision Services (IRISS) is funded through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, the IRISS Program seeks to reduce the amount of DOC prison intakes by Washington County and divert appropriate offenders to enhanced community supervision; utilize concepts of Risk and Need to determine viable sentence options; create and enforce EBP conditions of supervision; and hold offenders accountable through improved matching of supervision, services, and sanctions based upon the needs of offenders. Prior to sentencing, a drug and/or property offenders facing a prison commitment will be referred by the Court for a pre-sentence IRISS assessment with consent of the District Attorney and Defense Attorney. The Court grants a minimum of 3 weeks for the IRISS assessment to be completed and distributed the report to the Court, prosecution, and defense. The pre-sentence assessment includes PSC, LS/CMI or WRNA, URICA, TCU Drug Screen assessment, and additional information relating to criminogenic risk and need. If sentenced to community supervision with the IRISS Team, offenders will receive enhanced supervision and services including (but not limited to) mentoring, housing, employment, substance abuse, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Who is eligible?

  • Downward departure property and drug offenses committed by non-violent offenders
  • Probation property and drug offenders likely to benefit from intensive supervision 
  • Offenders on Second Look release 

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 IRISS/FSAP specialty programs.

  • Evaluation for entry into IRISS/Drug Court/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 IRISS participants are supervised by IRISS probation officers to promote consistency.

Minimum participation periods

IRISS 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 IRISS programs.

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

Residency Requirement

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