The purpose of the Community Corrections Act grant program which was passed in Kansas in 1978 is to reduce the number of adult and juvenile offenders committed to state institutions by placing them in local correctional programs. The programs' basic principle is that certain offenders can be dealt with more effectively at the local level without jeopardizing public safety, thus restricting institutional populations to the more serious adult and juvenile offenders. The cost of supervision the target population in the community should be considerably less than incarceration costs.
Counties participating the program are eligible for a state grant for the development, implementation, operation and improvement of community correctional services. These services must include either or both an adult intensive supervision program or an adult residential program, as core services and may include the following: restitution, victim services, prevention or diversion, and juvenile programs and services. Participating counties must establish a local corrections advisory board which is charged with identifying local needs and designing a comprehensive community corrections plan which will meet their own county's needs. The comprehensive plan must be approved by the Secretary of Corrections before a county can receive an operations grant.
The cost for an offender receiving intensive supervision on probation for one year is $2,793.00 versus an offender placed in the prison system one year is $18,770.
Funded through the Kansas Department of Corrections and Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority
operating under the direct authority of the Saline County Board of County Commissioners through the County Administrator. Additional funding comes from State and Federal grants and Ottawa and Saline Counties.
History of Community Corrections
Community Corrections began operation in the 28th District in August 1986. Since that time the number of clients and employees has more than tripled. s Community Corrections has grown so have the types of services that are provided. Services are provided based on each individual offenders needs.
Adult and Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program, Condition Violatar Program and Surveillance
The primary functions include intervention, surveillance and enforcement. ntervention includes treatment, counseling, educational services and employment services. urveillance includes personal and collateral observations of the offender's adjustment to supervision, verification of the offender's actions and various intelligence reports to law enforcement agencies on offender conduct. nforcement is the aspect that holds the offender responsible for his or her actions while being supervised. ompliance and progress are rewarded through the decrease of the level of supervision while the failure to comply can result in many sanctions some of which include a return to court.
Inception of Saline County Community Corrections
Saline County has provided ISP (Intensive Supervision Probation) for Saline and Ottawa county through a signed agreement with each County Commission.
Drug testing is done randomly on clients to check compliance. lients report to the Community Corrections office as their color code is called. lients call and check every day to see if their code is called. f their color code is called, they report to the office where a urine sample is taken from them. The testing is done in the office and sent to a lab for confirmations of positive tests.
Electronic Monitoring Devices
Electronic monitoring devices (EMD) are provided for offenders in lieu of incarceration. EMD's are an additional step in the intermediate sanctions afforded to the local judges that is more restrictive than any of the current services provided by Community Corrections but less restrictive than incarceration. In many cases of a substantial noncompliance of offenders under probation supervision, revocation with recommendation of incarceration is the only alternative offered other than continuance of supervision.
EMD's protect the community through the appropriate use of non-jail/prison sanctions that include intervention, surveillance and enforcement activities. This system is not recommended for an offender who is considered dangerous, violent, or most sex offenders.
Senate Bill 123
Offenders that are convicted on drug offenses that would in the past have been sent to prison. SB123 has given offenders the opportunity of being on probation with mandatory drug/alcohol treatment services. These offenders are monitored on probation and start the treatment process immediately. Funding is passed through from the Kansas Sentencing Commission from the State General Fund.
Community Intervention Program
The Community Intervention Program provides supervision services to those juveniles that have committed a crime and are waiting for sentencing. Instead of keeping them in juvenile detention they receive immediate consequences for their actions. Typically these juveniles are then sentenced to Community Corrections supervision upon completion of court action.
Community Case Management Agency
Community Corrections provides services to juveniles that are in the Juvenile Justice Authority's custody that may need some type of out of home placement. We will monitor their progress at the facilities and will act as their guardian to assist in making medical and service decisions with recommendations to the court.
Annie Grevas is the administrative contact appointed by the Saline County Commission, for the 28th Judicial District to assist the Juvenile Justice Authority in the allocation of State funding for prevention programs. A prevention sub-committee reviews community risk factors and prevention programs. A fund allocation committee reviews grant applications and makes recommendation for approved programs to the Advisory Board and County Commission.
Beginning February 2007, Community Corrections staff will begin providing two in-house cognitive skill-based groups to the client population. These groups will enhance the established groups already provided through a contractual agreement with Central Kansas Mental Health Center. The groups will be employment-based and behavioral skill based to help clients achieve constructive life changes.
Absconder Locator Program
Under a federal grant Community Corrections developed a program of locating absconding clients and offer a second chance opportunity for them to return to supervision without being arrested. Existing staff work overtime into the evening hours to track and locate those non-violent clients who fail to report. Over 50% of all absconders are located without a referral to court.