Sanctions & Services
Community Service/Earned Release
The community service program offers the offender the opportunity to earn time off his/her sentence while giving something back to his/her community by working at a non-profit organization. These community service releases usually adhere to a 40-hour per week work schedule. The Community Service/Earned Release is often combined with other client specific programs such as participation in jail groups and GED attendance. The Judge may also have a defendant work community service in lieu of jail.
Saturday Work Program
The Saturday Work Program is a client funded program for the District Court. This provides another sentencing option for those offenders who would serve short jail sentences, thereby freeing up the local county jails for more serious offenders. A supervised work crew assists in a community project on a monthly basis by performing community service. Some offenders may be ordered to work more than one Saturday. The focus of this program is not so much on reducing the risk of recidivism but on restitution.
Probation Residential Services
Inpatient substance abuse treatment may be offered in lieu of all or part of a jail sentence for the substance-abusing offender. Once the offender is discharged after completing his/her treatment the center will recommend aftercare in his/her community, i.e., outpatient counseling, AA Meetings, the Williams House.
Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Services
Local service providers in each county provide outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Services for eligible offenders.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The CBT Program is being offered in each of the region's jails for eligible offenders. This program provides a treatment approach for changing behaviors of individuals who have both problems of substance abuse and criminal behavior. The program is provided for 8 - 10 weeks in jail. Once the offender completes his/her sentence, the next phase of the CBT Program will be continued in his/her community.
Williams House/Evangeline House
The Williams House and Evangeline House are owned and operated by Salvation Army. The Williams House was established in the spring of 2001 and Evangeline House was established in 2009. Both are being utilized as an integral part of the offender's rehabilitation. The houses provide a structured and sober living environment for the substance abusing offender who has completed a residential treatment program or who is currently participating in an outpatient program. It allows him/her to transition back into the community with employment and a supportive aftercare program.
Community Corrections Services provides the Transition House Intensive Supervision (T.H.I.S.) program to eligible offenders. Participants are required to attend a minimum of 6 AA meetings weekly, enroll in outpatient substance abuse counseling program, seek and maintain full time employment, submit to daily PBT's and urine screens. Failure to comply with these conditions will result in being remanded back to jail. The House Manager, Community Corrections Manager and MDOC Probation meet at least monthly to discuss residents' progress.