(1) Offenders accused of violating any of the conditions or requirements of community custody will be entitled to a hearing, prior to the imposition of sanctions by the department.
(2) The hearing shall be conducted by a hearing officer in the department's hearing unit, and shall be considered as an offender disciplinary proceeding and shall not be subject to chapter 34.05
RCW, the Administrative Procedure Act.
(3) Hearings for community custody offenders, who are being held in total confinement prior to a hearing, shall be conducted within five working days, but not less than twenty-four hours, after service of the notice of allegations, hearing and rights, and waiver form.
(4) Hearings for community custody offenders who are not being held in total confinement shall be conducted within fifteen calendar days, but not less than twenty-four hours, after service of the notice of allegations, hearing and rights, and waiver form.
(5) If an offender is arrested and detained, without a warrant, for violation of conditions of supervision, a probable cause determination will be made by a hearing officer within three working days of the initial detention.
(6) Prior to the commencement of a hearing, the hearing officer shall verify that proper notice of the hearing has been given and that the offender was properly served with the notice of allegations, hearing and rights, and waiver form, given a copy of the report of alleged violations, and provided with all supporting documentary evidence.
(7) The hearing officer, if requested by the offender or the community corrections officer, shall conduct an administrative review of the violation report and any additional information submitted to determine whether there is reason to allow the offender to be conditionally released pending the violation hearing. Such administrative review will be conducted within twenty-four hours of the request for conditional release. Such release must be recommended by the reviewing hearing officer and authorized by the hearings program manager or his or her designee.
(8) A hearing shall be held in all instances when an offender is served with a notice of allegations, hearing and rights, and waiver form.
(9) Community custody hearings shall be electronically recorded on audio cassette tape and the hearing tape shall be retained by the department for twelve months. An offender, who is the subject of the hearing, may request a copy of the tape recording of that hearing by submitting a request in writing along with a blank tape.
(10) The offender may call witnesses to testify on his/her behalf at the hearing. The hearing officer may limit the number of witnesses and the scope of the testimony to matters relevant to the allegations and/or disposition.
(11) Witnesses may testify outside the presence of the offender when there is substantial likelihood that the witness will suffer significant psychological or emotional trauma if the witness testifies in the presence of the offender, or when there is substantial likelihood that the witness will not be able to give effective, truthful testimony in the presence of the offender. The hearing officer shall enter findings in the record, as to the necessity of such testimony, and provide the offender an opportunity to submit questions to be asked of the witness.
(12) Community custody violation hearings shall be open to the public unless the hearing officer, for a specifically stated reason, closes the hearing in whole or in part.
(13) At the hearing, the community corrections officer has the obligation of setting forth evidence supporting the allegations of violations and of offering recommendations for disposition.
(14) The department has the obligation of proving each of the allegations of violations by a preponderance of the evidence.
(15) The hearing officer shall:
(a) Administer oaths and affirmation;
(b) Issue warrants, as necessary;
(c) Weigh the credibility of the witnesses;
(d) Rule on all procedural matters, objections and motions;
(e) Rule on offers of proof, and receive relevant evidence including hearsay evidence;
(f) Question witnesses called by the parties in an impartial manner to elicit any facts deemed necessary to fairly and adequately decide the matter;
(g) Render or defer a decision; and
(h) Take any other actions necessary and authorized by these rules and law.
(16) The hearing officers may grant a request for a continuance of the hearing as long as such continuation is granted for good cause and does not unduly delay the hearing.
[WSR 01-04-044, § 137-104-050, filed 2/1/01, effective 3/1/01.]