"The Northern Michigan Community Corrections Advisory Board (NMCCAB) supports the fair and equitable treatment of offenders using the least restrictive sentencing option available to the courts, consistent with the individual treatment needs of the offender and with the safety of the general public always being of paramount concern."
HOW DOES COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS WORK?
Community Corrections provides local sanctions for low-risk, non-assaultive offenders in lieu of jail, or to reduce the length of incarceration. These sanctions include employment, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and community service. These services address client specific needs and aid in reducing recidivism.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
- THE DEFENDANT MUST BE COURT ORDERED.
- No history of assaultive behavior.
- No history of failing to appear for court hearings.
- Arrested for, convicted of, pled to or sentenced for OUIL, controlled substances involving possession or delivery, a technical probation violation, property offences, and traffic offenses related to substance abuse, or a non-violent misdemeanor.
- Felons with applicable sentencing guidelines.
- Probation and parole violators.
Additional criteria for the incarcerated offender:
- Must be a model inmate.
- No behavior problems during incarceration.
- No medical problems that would prohibit or limit full participation in the community service work program.
- No out of county inmates are eligible.
- Minimum and medium security, low risk jail classification.
DESCRIPTION OF SANCTIONS AND 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 Evangiline 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 condiditons 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.
NORTHERN MICHIGAN COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS
Program Manager for the North Michigan Community Corrections Region:
520 N Main, Suite 202
P.O. Box 74
Cheboygan, MI 49721
Case Manager for Crawford and Otsego
80 Livingston Blvd.
P.O. Box 257
Gaylord, MI 49734
Services Coordinator for Alcona, Alpena, and Montmorency Counties
115 N. First St., Room 101
Alpena, MI 49707