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CORRECTIONAL HEARINGS OFFICER 3 - WFSE

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CORRECTIONAL HEARINGS OFFICER 3 - WFSE
421C
Category: Legal Services

 

 

Definition

Presides over offender hearings and renders decisions on community custody violations. Rules on procedures, determines innocence or guilt, and determines credibility and reliability of evidence. Independently imposes sanctions and decides length of revocation. Serves as a member of a rotational regional appeals panel, responding to offender appeal requests by reviewing the hearing, conferring with fellow panelists and, rendering an appeal decision according to the laws, rules and policies.

Typical Work

Conducts fair due process community custody hearings, under the preponderance of evidence standard, and in accordance with the requirements of the Offender Accountability Act;

Makes independent decisions in hearings as to the facts alleged;

Rules on evidentiary issues, credibility of witnesses, reliability of evidence; and determines guilt. Applies legal principles and precedent appropriately;

Ensures offenders are afforded due process protections and hearing procedures are followed in accordance with legal requirements;

Imposes reasonable and appropriate sanctions when necessary, including returning violators to confinement, revoking alternative sentences, and recommending revocation of suspended sentences;

On a rotational basis, serves as a member of the regional appeals panel. The appeals panel determines whether hearings were conducted appropriately and whether the sanction imposed was reasonable and in compliance with laws, rules, and policies;

Approves conditional releases;  

Prepares Hearing Findings and Disposition, clearly articulating the basis of a fact finding decision and the supportive rationale for the selected disposition;

Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: criminal sentencing and community supervision laws and rules.

Ability to:  conduct fair hearings; make rulings on jurisdiction and admissibility of evidence; determine credibility of witnesses; learn the specific body of law applicable to his/her field of assignment to include state statutes, court decisions, and agency regulations; deal tactfully with people to gain their respect and confidence; exercise judgment in evaluating evidence presented and in rendering decisions based on findings of fact, conclusions of law; write concisely and accurately; travel regularly within the state.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position. 

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in conducting hearings, presenting cases in court or hearings, mediation, dispute resolution, or Restorative Justice practices.

Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Correctional Hearings Officer 3 (replaces 39762 Corrections Hearings Officer 1.).
Salary adjustment adopted 6/30/2015, effective 7/1/2015.
Revised definition; August 13, 2015; effective August 14, 2015.

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