Community Corrections is a cost effective alternative to the incarceration of felony offenders. The agency has a focus of public safety with the goal of changing offenders’ behavior. This form of intensive supervision probation provides structure as well as resources to assist offenders assigned by the District Courts in becoming productive and crime free members of society. Community Corrections offers classes on SAP, CBI, BIP as well as employment outreach groups and makes referrals to other community programs. Offenders are court ordered to pay restitution and court costs as well as completing community service work.
The Courts can assign a person who has been convicted of a felony crime to probation with Community Corrections as an alternative to sending them to prison. This provides a substantial cost savings to the State and taxpayers. Field supervision costs approximately $6 per person per day compared to over $95 per day per person for incarceration.
Community Corrections staff monitor probationers’ compliance with court orders through frequent appointments drug testing, and collaborationwith treatment providers, employers, and the person’s family and friends.
People who comply with supervision requirements can be released early by meeting certain conditions and paying any restitution owed in the case. The courts may also sanction non-compliance with jail time, additional treatment interventions, or the court may require the person to serve their underlying prison sanction. Community Corrections believes prison should be reserved for people who pose a substantial danger to the community.