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Office: 812-481-2440 ex. 1
The mission of Dubois County Community Corrections is to provide the local court system with alternative sentencing and to make the community a safer place through a balanced system of evidence-based practices and services to the offenders. Dubois County Community Corrections strives to provide a safe environment, effective management of offenders, and worthwhile programs for offenders that will assist them in life while providing the offenders with an opportunity to maintain their family structure.
Agency History and Description:
Dubois County Community Corrections was established January 1991. At that time, the operation was a one-person staff with an office in the Dubois County Courthouse. Work Release offenders were housed in the County Security Center. Home Detention and Community Service worked out of the Courthouse. Throughout the next few years, more staff was added to assist with the growing needs of the corrections programs. In August of 2001, Dubois County Community Corrections moved to the third floor of the Dubois County Courthouse. At that time, there were five employees. Several new programs were added including Community Transition, Male, and Female Juvenile Road Crews.
In September of 2002, the Road Crew Officer’s position was eliminated and two case managers were hired. The case managers also perform home detention checks on offenders and are developing case management strategies for the proposed new corrections facility.
In 2002, the Dubois County Security Center started noticing problems with jail overcrowding. To combat
this problem the County decided to build a Community Corrections facility rather than add onto the Security Center. In February of 2003 Dubois County opened the doors to the new, approximately 3.5 million dollar, 84 bed Work Release and Adult Day Reporting Facility. Community Corrections is located at 257 Brucke Strasse in Jasper. Eight new correctional staff members have been hired for operation of the facility. The new staff consists of two shift supervisors and six corrections Officers. Additional corrections components now include three levels of Day Reporting. In 2005, the center was averaging about forty people on Work Release and thirty people on Adult Day Reporting. Adult and juvenile Community Service remains busy with as many as two hundred plus adults and juveniles on the program.
In August of 2008 the Centers capacity to house Work Release offenders increased to 98. Seven new bunk beds were added bring the total beds available to 84 male bunks and 14 female bunks. Adult and Juvenile Community Service are also operated out of the Center. Some of these offenders are sentenced directly from court while others have sentence modifications and are released from the Security Center early.
In 2011 Work Release is now averaging about seventy offenders each day while Adult Day Reporting and Electronic Monitoring average about fifty-five offenders. Adult and Juvenile Community Service are misdemeanant offenders. Between these two programs Community Corrections monitors over four hundred misdemeanant offenders each year.
The case managers establish case management plans for all of the offenders, which ensures accountability, public safety and data management. The facility allows local offenders of the law to serve their sentences while still allowing them to continue working and being a productive member of society. By doing this, the offender is still a working member of society, which allows them to continue to pay taxes rather than use local tax money to house them. The programs also allow the offender to help his family financially by helping pay bills and support their children.
The Dubois County Community Corrections Center is a win-win situation for the local and county government as well as the spouses and children of the offenders.
As of April 2011, the Corrections Center currently staffs sixteen full-time and four part-time employees.
Important Information about Community Corrections:
Purpose of the Community Corrections Center:
Purpose of the Community Corrections Center:
1. Provide alternative sentencing options for Judges.
2. Reduce Department of Corrections and County Jail commitments.
3. Focus is on Treatment and not warehousing Offenders.
4. We keep offenders in the community as productive members of the community.
Work Release: The work release program is more or less just, what the name implies. The offender is released from incarceration to go to their job then he or she must return to the corrections center where they are locked in for the night and weekends. Some offenders are sentenced directly to work release by the sentencing court. Others may be in jail and after serving a portion of their sentence petition the sentencing court to have their sentence modified to work release. A few others are transferred in from other counties or from the state prison on what is called the Community Transition Program. CTP is an early release program, which puts local people who are in a state prison on the work release program. These offenders are on work release for a minimum of forty days to as many as one hundred and eighty days. Offenders on work release are felony offenders who have been deemed to be eligible for the program and who are not considered to be a high-risk offender. An offender may spend as little as 30 days to as many as four years or more on work release.
Adult Day Reporting and Electronic Monitoring:
Adult Day Reporting includes three levels of supervision.
Level 1 Adult Day Reporting (ADR) participants are required to wear an ankle bracelet and are monitored electronically. Individuals placed on Level 1 ADR must remain in their home unless they are doing an approved activity. Approved activities include working, attending treatment, attending school, church, and medical appointments. Individuals placed on ADR are required to report to Community Corrections three times weekly and to submit to and pass drug screens and portable breath tests (PBT).
Level 2 Adult Day Reporting (ADR) participants are placed under the same restrictions as Level 1 ADR, but are not required to wear an ankle bracelet.
Level 3 Adult Day Reporting (ADR) participants are required to follow the same restrictions as Levels 1 and 2, and are not required to wear an ankle bracelet. Individuals on Level 3 are also given four hours of free time per week; this time must be scheduled with their Case Manager.
Adult Day Reporting also utilizes GPS monitoring for sex offenders and other individuals when ordered by the Court.
Adult and Juvenile Community Service:
Adult Community Service:
Adults who are sentenced to do community service come to the center and fill out paperwork and meet with a case manager. They must pay the program participation fees in advance or they are placed on a waiting list until the fees are paid. Once the fees are paid, they are either placed at a location at that time or they may continue to be on the waiting list until a spot opens up at one of the locations that utilize community service workers. The hours range from forty to several hundred. The most common number of hours of community service is either forty or eighty hours. All community service hours are done at County or City agencies or other tax-exempt organizations such as schools, clubs like Jasper Outdoor Recreation etc.
Juvenile Community Service:
Juveniles who are sentenced to do community service come to the center and fill out paperwork and meet with a case manager. They must pay the program participation fees in advance or they are placed on a waiting list until the fees are paid. Once the fees are paid, they are placed on a waiting list. The hours range usually from eight to thirty-two. The most common number of hours of community service is eight to sixteen hours. All community service hours are done on what is referred to as “The Road Crew”. A part time corrections officer meets with the juvenile and takes them to an assigned section of road or a school sports field where they pick up trash. During the months school is in session only Saturdays are designated as Road Crew days. During the summer months, Saturdays and sometimes Wednesdays are used.
Facility Operation Expenses:
The operation of the community corrections center is funded in part by an Indiana Department of Corrections grant and by offender user fees, which are the fees the offenders pay to participate in the programs. This means salaries, utilities and other operating expenses do not have to be funded by county tax money.
The security center is a 24/7 lockup facility and the county must pay for inmates medical expenses. Work Release means the offender is employed; therefore, he or she must pay his or her own medical expenses. This county taxpayer saves over $100,000 per year in medical expenses, depending on the average number of inmates being held at the corrections center as opposed to the security center.
Offender Living Supplies:
With the exception of the mattress, the offender pays for all bedding and lavatory supplies from the center’s commissary. All meals eaten at the center including dinners, sandwiches, snacks and drinks are purchased from vending machines at the offender’s expense. This means that the center does not have to have a kitchen or have a cook on the payroll, which is a further savings.
Neither the center nor the county must provide transportation for the offenders for any reason. Some offenders drive, some are picked up, some ride bicycles, some ride scooters and others walk to work, the bank, medical appointments, court dates, and job interviews which is a further savings.
Treatment Programs offered at the Community Corrections Facility:
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) – Tuesday 8:00 pm, Thursday 8 pm and Saturday 12:00 am
NA (Narcotics Anonymous) – Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:00 pm
GED Tuesday 6 pm (when in session)
Wild at Heart – A faith based meeting that discusses family values. Sundays 7:00 pm
Anger Management & Substance Abuse Group Treatment Sessions – Wednesday 7:00 pm
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