Floyd County Community Corrections was established in 1985. The program originally started with Community Alternative Sentencing Program (VORP) and Victim Offender Reconciliation Program. The program strives to enhance the coordination of the local criminal and juvenile justice systems as well as to divert non-violent offenders from incarceration. The target population for adult programs is non-violent offenders sentenced to not more than 4 years. Funding is received from the Department of Corrections through the State of Indiana Community Corrections Act. Additional funding is received from user fees and local grants.
The Indiana State Statute requires that an Advisory Board be established to oversee the Community Corrections program. This Advisory Board consists of the Sheriff, Prosecuting Attorney, Judges, the Mayor, and other persons required by statute. The board's responsibility is to ensure program compliance with standards adopted by the Department of Corrections.
Benefits of Community Based Programs:
- Community Corrections provides diversion from prison and county jail for offenders of non- violent crimes.
- Community Corrections is more cost effective than incarcerating offenders.
- Community Corrections gives the offender, who would otherwise go to jail or prison; the opportunity to receive assistance needed (i.e., substance abuse programs, literacy programs, life skills, etc.) to help him/her become a productive member of society in his/her own community.
- Through our Community Work Crew our community agencies receive benefits of free labor and offenders make a positive contribution to the community, rather than becoming a financial burden to taxpayers.
- While in Community Corrections offenders are held responsible for their actions and change their thinking.
To provide a safe community supported by a well coordinated and effective criminal justice system
To assist in creating a positive change in the behavior of offenders in becoming rehabilitated and productive citizens by using evidence based practices, thereby reducing recidivism in Floyd County, Indiana.