Community Corrections is providing an alternative to incarceration and other traditional court practices through the following types of programs.
Pre-Trial Release This program is designed for defendants who have been arrested and confined in county jail, but are unable to post a bond pending a court appearance. Under this program, the defendant is released on his or her own recognizance until adjudication has occurred in the case.
Front End Diversion This program is designed to divert felony, non-violent offenders from the state prison system or county jails by allowing judges the option of ordering them to this program to complete their sentence.
Institutional Diversion This program is designed to transfer offenders who are convicted of less serious offenses and who pose no immediate threat to society out of prison . These persons must demonstrate a willingness to cooperate with and abide by the Program’s guidelines.
Court Referral Governed by the “Mandatory Treatment Act of 1990”, this program is designed for all alcohol and drug related cases. In this program, defendants are evaluated, referred for treatment and monitored to ensure compliance. Upon completion, defendants are awarded with a completion certificate, which indicates which level of the program was completed.
Drug Court This program targets “first time, low-level offenders” and is strictly voluntary. To be considered for acceptance, defendants must submit application through his/her attorney to the District Attorney's office or to any AFJCCCP office. If accepted, the defendant will participate between three (3) to twelve (12) months minimally according to which Drug Court Tier they are accepted for. Defendants will dually participate in graduated phases in treatment and case management reporting. The program requires mandatory drug treatment, 25-100 hours of community serive, frequent and random drug testing. Additionally, defendants must be employed and/or actively enrolled in school or some of job training program. Upon successful completion, the charges are dismissed.
Probation Services Defendnts are ordered to probation with this office in lieu of incarceration. While on probation, defendants are closely monitored, randomly drug tested; encouraged to pay on court ordered monies and victim restitution; as well as child support. Additionally, defendants must be gainfully employed or actively engaged in job skills training. In order to be released from probation, all court ordered monies must be paid and defendants must have at least six months sobriety.
Defendants are assessed for sustance abuse issues. They are frequently monitored and drug tested. Any defendant showing signs of substance abuse, either illegal drugs, prescription medications or alcohol, is referred for an IOP assessment with a treatment provider.