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Community Corrections

Community Corrections

Community Programs


Programs, Budget and Statistical Summary

The Monroe County Office of Community Corrections (MCOCC) utilizes PA 511 grant funding to promote community-based sanctions as sentencing options in lieu of prison and/or jail and expands jail diversion to improve jail utilization. The programs listed below receive all or partial PA 511 funding through the State of Michigan Community Corrections Grant which assists in this goal. The State Office of Community Corrections (OCC) funds residential beds in lieu of jail for felony offenders through a direct contract with Probation Residential Service Providers. Monroe County receives jail reimbursement funding for housing eligible felons in the County Jail, instead of prison. This program is called the County Jail Reimbursement Program (CJRP).  


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Intensive Outpatient Program

The Relapse Prevention Program was modified to an Intensive Outpatient Program.  The program presents new approaches to changing the way participants think about addiction while offering practical steps for creating a realistic and effective recovery plan. The program will continue to run 3 days a week but be expanded to 3 hours per day for 6 weeks, with 1.5 hours of group therapy, followed by 1.5 hours of didactic education. The didactic portion focuses on recovery related topics from SAMSHA’s Decisions in Recovery, Stop the Chaos Workbook, and on: making a change, overdose prevention, physiology of opiate addiction, how people stop, gains and losses, medication assisted recovery, recovery support, relapse prevention, finding meaning and planning for success. All services will be presented with a focus on trauma informed care. On the off days from the program, homework will be assigned and be collected the following class. This action-focused workbook will focus on helping clients create a personal plan for not only staying clean but for enjoying life. Due to the format moving to an intensive outpatient service, the class will now include 2 individual therapy sessions for clinical assessments and intensive discharge planning.  Upon successful completion of the program, most offenders are eligible for a 30 day incarceration reduction from the sentencing judge. The Salvation Army Harbor Light administers this program.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Felon or high-risk misdemeanant who meets the diagnostic criteria as defined by the DSM-IV for substance abuse use disorder or has a history of criminal behavior.
  2. Felons: Must score moderate to high in the overall risk scales and moderate to high in the substance abuse needs scale.
  3. Misdemeanants: have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction.
  4. Facing a minimum of 90 days.  
  5. Psychologically and physically able to participate in the program.

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Cognitive Behavioral Program

The Cognitive Behavioral Program uses the "Thinking Matters" curriculum and includes lectures, videos, verbal presentations, class work and homework assignments.  Class runs for approximately 2 hours a day for 5 days a week.  The program is a minimum of 5 weeks long, but can be longer as assignments and presentations are completed on an individual basis allowing for an open-ended class structure. The program is held in the Monroe County Main Jail. Sessions focus on cognitive self-change, identification of barriers to change, drug education, recognizing high risk situations, handling urges and social pressure, anger management and building a support system. Upon successful completion of the program, most offenders are eligible for a 30 day incarceration reduction.  The Salvation Army Harbor Light administers this program 4 of the 5 days a week and MI Works runs a Life-Skills portion on Wednesdays.

Eligibility Criteria:

         1. Felons: must score moderate to high in the overall risk scales or moderate to high in a        
             minimum of 2 needs scales, including; criminal thinking, criminal personality, criminal
             involvement and/or substance abuse.
         2. Misdemeanants: must have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction.
         3. Facing a minimum of 60 days. Jail Inmate Guide  
         4. Psychologically and physically able to participate in the program.


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Hope, Healing and Recovery Program For Women

The female-specific program is conducted at the Main Jail and includes lectures, groups and homework.  The program is 6 weeks long, meets 3 days a week and focuses on healthy relationships, boundaries, assertiveness training, self-esteem, trauma, anger, distress tolerance skills, mindfulness, emotional regulations and interpersonal effectiveness.  Upon successful completion, most of the offenders are eligible for a maximum 30 day incarceration reduction from the sentencing judge.

Eligibility Criteria:

         1. Felons: must score moderate to high in the overall risk scales or moderate to high in a
             minimum of 2 needs scales, including; criminal 
thinking, criminal personality, criminal
             involvement and/or substance 
abuse.
         2. Misdemeanants: must have 3 or more prior convictions or 1 prior felony conviction.
         3. Facing a minimum of 60 days. Jail Inmate Guide  
         4. Psychologically and physically able to participate in the program.

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Employability Skills Program

The Employability Skills Program targets sentenced offenders who are unemployed or under-employed and seeking the skills necessary to receive job/vocational training to enter/re-enter the labor market.  Sentenced inmates lodged at the Monroe County Main Jail and the Dorm Facility can attend the 4 day Employability Skills Workshop.  Upon successful completion, most offenders are eligible for a maximum 5 day incarceration reduction from the sentencing judge.

Eligibility Criteria:

          1. Non-violent felon or misdemeanor sentenced to a minimum of 60 days.
          2.
Under or unemployed without warrants or holds.

 



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Sex Offender Treatment Program

The Sex Offender Treatment program is held in Monroe County Main Jail and includes an assessment to evaluate the appropriateness for the program, group sessions, individual sessions (if needed) and a client aftercare treatment plan.  The program is 12 weeks long and meets for 90 minutes per week. The group examines the cycles of abuse, relapse prevention, and victim empathy. The course includes the following topics: introduction, thinking errors, feeling links, grooming behaviors, values clarification, the pre-assault cycle, and anger management, assertiveness training, learning about victims, consent, reframing distortions, normal sexual behaviors, social skills, interpersonal skills, communication skills, and support planning. Trillium Counseling Services is the program provider. Therapy is available in the community.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Felon or high-risk misdemeanant who has a history of a sex offense.
  2. Probation violator or habitual offender.
  3. Facing at least 90 days in jail.   Jail Inmate Guide
  4. Felons: Using COMPAS assessment, score medium to high in the risk scales or medium to high in a minimum of two needs scales, including; criminal thinking, criminal personality, criminal involvement and/or substance abuse.
  5. VASOR: score a 5 or greater on the Re-offense Risk Scale.
  6. Mental state does not preclude ability to comprehend the materials and information presented to participate in the treatment program.
  7. Not actively psychotic or exhibiting psychiatric symptoms that require specific interventions not available in this program.
  8. Not combative or of physical danger to him/herself or to the staff.

Indigent Tether Program 

House Arrest Services provides an alternative for pretrial felons/misdemeanors and sentenced misdemeanor offenders. Misdemeanor offenders can be sentenced to the program in lieu of jail, as part of probation or as a condition of release from jail on bond.  Offenders can be supervised by electronic monitoring 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Offenders may be required to submit to random urine test.  First District Court Probation administers the program.  There are a variety of equipment types:

  • Tether (Radio Frequency)                                                                    
  • “24 Hour” Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM)
  • Alcohol Monitoring “Visual”                                                                  
  • GPS “Active” Tether (1 and 2 piece)
  • Victim Notification GPS “Active” Tether ONLY                                  
  • Soberlink

OCC Indigent EMS Eligibility Criteria

  1. Indigent prison or jail bound offender with 2 or more prior convictions.
  2. No criminal record indicating a pattern of violent offenses or assaultive behavior, no more than 3 convictions for assault in the last 5 years.

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Probation Residential Center (PRC) 

PRC provides a residential alternative for locally convicted felony offenders and probation violators by providing monitoring, control and support services for up to 90 days. PRC focuses on integrating adult males and females into the community by assisting them in obtaining employment and establishing an appropriate place to live. The program partners with other local agencies to provide information on health, hygiene, drug awareness, education, employment, support groups and family issues. Offenders are required to attend at least one cognitive based group per week.  The program is administered by the Salvation Army Harbor Light (SAHL) at their residential facility on Monroe Street. OCC contracts directly with Probation Residential Service Providers throughout the State of Michigan. There is a self-pay option, $222.25 per week, the first week is due in advance.  Level III parole violators are eligible for PRS with an Area Manager's approval.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Felons scoring moderate to high in overall risk potential and/or substance abuse need, when using a State approved actuarial objective, validated risk and needs assessment instrument will be deemed eligible, at pretrial status through the sentenced population.
  2. No criminal record indicating a pattern of violent offenses or assaultive behavior (no more then 3 convictions for assault in the last 5 years) - County Policy.
  3. Offenders with a CSC 2nd and/or 4th conviction are considered on case by case basis by PO, CC Probation. Supervisor and sentencing Judge.

 Probation Residential Services (30/60/90)


The 30/60/90 program is a residential alternative for felony offenders.  The program provides intensive substance abuse treatment.  It includes an individual treatment plan that diagnoses an offender's substance abuse dependency, treatment goals and the frequency and types of treatment services.  Offenders attend supportive social services including group and individual sessions and weekly scheduled therapeutic activities such as; group counseling, education, social work and planned recreational activities.  Offenders are required to attend two psycho-education group processing sessions each week and must participate in 6 hours of staff led or supervised therapeutic activity.  Program length requires a minimum of 30 days stay but no more than 90 days.  The program is administered by the Salvation Army Harbor Light at their residential facility on Monroe Street.  OCC contracts directly with Probation Residential Service Providers throughout the State of Michigan. There is a self-pay option, $222.25 per week, the first week is due in advance.  Level III parole violators are eligible for PRS with an Area Manager's approval.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Felons scoring moderate to high in overall risk potential and/or substance abuse need, when using a State approved actuarial objective, validated risk and needs assessment instrument will be deemed eligible, at pretrial status through the sentenced population.
  2. No criminal record indicating a pattern of violent offenses or assaultive behavior (no more then 3 convictions for assault in the last 5 years) - County Policy.
  3. Offenders with a CSC 2nd and/or 4th conviction are considered on case by case basis by PO, CC Prob. Supervisor and sentencing Judge.

Other Local Community Programs:

  • 38th Circuit Court Tether Program
  • Paula's House I and II
  • 1st District Court Jail Alternative Work Service (JAWS)
  • Veteran's Treatment Court
  • Sheriff's Work Service Program (Red-Shirt Program)
  • Domestic Violence Prevention Program
  • Anger Management Educational and Group Services
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Intensive Outpatient Program
  • First Offender/MIP Class
  • Conflict Resolution Group
  • Parenting Class
  • Shoplifters Education
  • Alcohol Highway Safety Education Program
  • Residential Aftercare Program
  • Problem Solving for Daily Living Workshop