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Our Business

Southern Oregon Monitoring Services (SOMS), LLC started providing bench probation monitoring services for the Klamath County Court in 2006. Since that time, we have monitored over 1,100 defendants with a 73% success rate. Success is measured through the defendant completing bench probation conditions, e.g. substance abuse treatment, community service hours, restitution payments, court fines and fees, as well as jail and electronic home detention.


Why We Are Successful

RELATIONSHIPS: We establish a positive relationship with each defendant, our client. Even though our client is court mandated to work with SOMS to complete their court order, we treat them with dignity, respect, and above all, we are polite.  This leads to productive communications and an informed and empowered SOMS client.

We also have established and maintain positive relationships with the court, the District Attorney's office, and the Defense Bar. SOMS continually emails those in the system to report compliance with bench probation conditions.  

ACCESSIBILITY: SOMS is open during the same hours as court, and we are located one block from the courthouse. Many defendants contact SOMS immediately after leaving court.  That immediate contact has increased our ability to help our clients be successful at completing the bench probation conditions. We communicate with our clients by phone, mail, email, SOMS system email, texting, and in person.

AUTOMATION: SOMS has developed an online case management system that allows access to the court, defense bar, the District Attorney's office, and SOMS clients. Each SOMS client's status of bench probation conditions completion is provided through this system. This system also allows communication with SOMS clients through email, internal system email, and cell phone texting.

History

Southern Oregon Monitoring Services (SOMS) began in 2006, after a local Circuit Court Judge began reaching out to the local Community College, seeking students to assist with monitoring bench probation cases. At the time, offenders were sentenced to bench probation with conditions such as community service work, jail time (with alternative incarceration options), restitution payments and/or treatment. Unfortunately, once the offender was sentenced there was no one to follow up to ensure the bench probation conditions were met.

Realizing this void in the criminal justice system SOMS worked with the local Judges, District Attorney and defense attorneys to develop a business to monitor bench probation offenders. SOMS began providing these services six years ago. SOMS assists offenders in maneuvering through the system while at the same time ensuring bench probation conditions are met as ordered by the court. 

SOMS provides the following services:

  • •Referral for Community Service and follow up with the assigned agency/program
  • •Referral for alternative incarceration if allowed
  • •Referral to treatment agencies (Release of information  obtained to track progress)
  • •Provides offender with a list of local resources (ADES, housing, employment, etc.)
  • •Provides information regarding court payments
  • •Uses OJIN to track new criminal activity and court fee payments
  • •Provides access to authorized users of data base, allowing authorized users to view status of offenders conditions (Judge, District Attorney, Probation).
  • •Treatment providers have access to database to report status of treatment program (HIPAA compliant).
  • •Provides the offender the ability to login in to the data base to update phone number, address and submit monthly report form.

SOMS monitors the bench probation conditions by providing appropriate referrals and follow up to each referral. The database we utilize provides real time information regarding the offender’s progress with completing the bench probation conditions.

SOMS does not sanction offenders. All violations are reported to the Court.

SOMS charges a one- time enrollment fee and a monthly monitoring fee to the offender.

For the last six years, SOMS has provided monitoring services to nearly 1,200 misdemeanor offenders.