Mission Statement:

To use evidence-based practices and programs that partner with our community and offenders to affect positive life change.

Vision Statement:

We will become an evidence-based organization that collaborates with our community partners to intentionally direct our offenders toward a crime-resistance life.

Contact

The People

Assistant Director - Policy and Procedures

Jared Wakeland

JWakeland@elkhartcounty.com

Assistant Director - Operations

Karen Chandler

KChandler@elkhartcounty.com

Assistant Director - Programming / Case Management

Helen Calvin

HCalvin@elkhartcounty.com

About Us

Community Corrections is a community based supervision program with the purpose of providing alternative sentencing to the Department of Correction (DOC) or local incarceration for felony and misdemeanant offenders.


Levels of Supervision

Work Release

The Work Release Program is a residential program that provides an alternative to incarceration. We bring offenders out of the jail system, provide an alternative placement, and try to help make them productive members of society. By using a controlled environment we can minimize the risk to society, thus allowing individuals to work and continue with school, treatment programs and cognitive-behavioral programs while at work release. It is our goal to use Evidence-Based Practices to properly manage and reinstate our clientele into society while maintaining public safety. All qualifying felony offenders have an Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) conducted, a case plan is developed and the offenders must comply and complete the recommendation of the case plan/court order.

Electronic Monitoring

The Home Detention Program is an electronic monitoring program that provides an alternative to incarceration. We bring offenders out of the jail system, reunite them with their families, and try to help make them productive members of society. By using electronic technology we can minimize the risk to society, thus allowing individuals to work and continue with school, treatment programs, and cognitive-behavioral programs while in their home. It is our goal to use Evidence-Based Practices to properly manage and reinstate our clientele into society while maintaining public safety. All qualifying felony offenders have an Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) conducted, a case plan is developed and the offenders must comply and complete the recommendation of the case plan/court order.

Day Reporting

The program is designed to serve offenders who are considered low risk but are in need of support, guidance, and direction in everyday occurrences in life while completing their executed sentence by the court. The program teaches them to be accountable for their own actions and behavior and to offer a variety of support groups as needed. Offenders at initial sign-on are given an Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS) assessment and a case plan may be developed.

Community Oriented Work Program (COWP)

Community Work Crew is the least restrictive program used by the courts. COWP partners with various county departments and local nonprofit agencies. Workers are sent to various sites requested by different organizations within the community. The work includes a wide range of services that includes: picking up trash along the roadsides, helping set up and tear down for nonprofit organization functions, and providing seasonal maintenance of property, including mowing, picking up after storm damage, and weed eating.

Community Transition Program (CTP)

The Community Transition Program is a joint effort between the Department of Corrections and County Courts. Providing an opportunity for offenders who meet the requirements to transition back to their communities prior to their scheduled release date from the Indiana Department of Correction. Such an opportunity allows the client to return to work, school, physical, and mental health services within their community, while still being monitored and supervised on a daily basis.


Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for admittance into Elkhart County Community Corrections the following guidelines must be met:

1. Must be recommended by the ordering court.

2. Must be ordered to no more than a maximum of 3 years of ECCC supervision.

3. The level of supervision shall be determined by ECCC. ECCC shall also have the discretion to change the level of supervision when sanctions, incentives, or unforeseen circumstances are deemed appropriate.

4. Must have no other criminal charges pending unless otherwise approved by the ordering court. The person must be at liberty for the pending charge(s), i.e. released on his or her own recognizance or out on bond.

5. Should have or be able to secure full time employment within 30 days of admittance.

6. Must be able to work at least 35 hours per week (at the discretion of ECCC).

7. Prior violations and/or conduct may prohibit placement on a Communications Program.

8. Must be a legal citizen of the United States of America or they can provide proper documentation that they are allowed to be in the U.S. (Proper documentation includes, but not limited to: Lawful Permanent Resident Card, Birth Certificates, a secured driver’s license, Passport and military ID.)

9. Must be 18 years of age or over.

10. Must have no conviction (past or present) of the following crime (at the discretion of ECCC):

  • a. Murder (IC 35-42-1-1)
  • b. Level 1 or 2 Felony
  • c. Class A or B Felony

11. Must not be on or eligible for the sex offender/violent offender registry for placement at work release.

If the above guidelines are met or believed to be met the following needs to be completed to be considered for admittance:

1. The referring entity must submit a court order or a completed referral form to Elkhart County Community Corrections in order to be considered for placement.

  • a. Once the referral is received, Elkhart County Community Corrections will schedule an assessment appointment with the defendant.
  • b. If the defendant is not incarcerated it will be their responsibility to contact Elkhart County Community Corrections to schedule an assessment appointment.
  • c. Prior to the assessment appointment, an application must be completed by the defendant.

Programs and Treatment

The following are educational, substance related and evidence base cognitive based behavioral programs that are offended at ECCC:

  • HSE (GED) Classes
  • The Courage to Change
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)—Domestic Violence
  • Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)—Anger Management
  • Seeking Safety
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • AA/NA
  • Triple P Parenting
  • Jail Ministries
  • Financial Wellness
  • Transitional Coaching

Eligibility Documents

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