Rewards and Sanctions

9.1. Policy. The Program’s primary objective is to change lives by changing behavior. Studies have shown that rewards and sanctions play an important role in changing behavior. In addition, to maintain the confidence of all constituents in the criminal process and to protect the public, clear and swift sanctions must be available used in a fair and consistent manner. It is important that all Participants are aware of the general nature of the rewards which will be provided for good behavior and the expectations of conduct and the sanctions that will used for violations.


9.2. Rewards.  Good conduct and evidence of pro-social maturation should be rewarded at the discretion of the either the House Manager, Executive Director or Case Manager. Rather than publishing a list of actions which will be rewarded and the specific rewards, whether tangible or intangible, which will be given, the better practice is to allow discretion and judgment to guide the giving of a reward. Examples of rewards are: public praise, increase house privileges, small gifts of food or other items, modification of curfew and visitation restrictions. Whenever practicable, rewards given should be recorded in the Case File.


9.3. Sanctions. Violation of the rules of the Program require more specific and predictable consequences. Attached hereafter as Ex. D is a matrix showing: (a) the acts of misconduct or rules violations, grouped into categories of low, moderate, high and termination, (b) the Program representative responsible for enforcement, and (c) the sanction or penalty which will be imposed for each violation.  The specific action which resulted in a sanction and the sanction itself shall be recorded in the Case File.  The Executive Director or case Manager shall report all moderate, high and termination sanctions to the District Attorney and Court assigned to the Participant’s case.


9.4. No Review Process. Sanctions are not subject to review or reconsideration except at the sole discretion of the Executive Director or unanimous vote of the Executive Committee. This absence of review or reconsideration shall be written  in the Handbook and explained to each Participant. No Participant should have any expectation of due process of law in connection with adverse action taken by the Program for violations of rules, regulations or new law violations subject only to direct order of the Court.

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