Short-term transitional leave (STTL) was developed to enhance the transition planning process for adults in custody (AIC). STTL provides an incentive to successfully complete any recommended programming, excel at work assignments, maintain good behavior, and create a more effective plan for a successful transition. In addition to improving the transition process, STTL has been successful in providing a huge cost savings for the State of Oregon.
Originally, the maximum amount of short-term transitional leave an AIC was eligible for was 30 days. In 2013, the legislature expanded STTL to 90 days. Due to the overall success of the program, stemming from the low rate of STTL failures, cost savings to the State of Oregon, and the postponement of additional prison construction, the program was again expanded in 2018 to 120 days. The amount of STTL an AIC is eligible for depends on their sentencing date.