Community Corrections

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Community Corrections by definition is: "The supervision of criminal offenders in the resident population, as opposed to confining offenders in secure correctional facilities. The two main types of community corrections supervision are probation and parole. Community corrections is also referred to as community supervision."   [Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics www.bjs.gov]

The Merrimack County Department of Corrections (MCDOC) SOAR program is an alternative sentencing option for those individuals who would benefit from Intensive supervision, compliance, comprehensive case management, and cognitive behavioral programming.

 SOAR image[Click on S.O.A.R. emblem to access S.O.A.R. information webpage]

 

What it is:                                                                                                

  • A public safety initiative
  • A systems approach to managing offenders
  • An evidence-based decision making model
  • A “business” model focused on effective use of resources and improved outcomes
  • Modelled after the N.C.I.C. Transition from Jail to Community

 

The Merrimack County Department of Corrections (MCDOC) SOAR program is an alternative sentencing option for those individuals who would benefit from Intensive supervision, compliance, comprehensive case management, and cognitive behavioral programming.

The philosophical position for jails in the midst of the opioid crisis.

a new paradigm

 

Why now?

  • Limited jail operational capacity
  • Growing co-occurring crisis throughout the County
  • Based on the national best practice model
  • Allows for low risk sentenced offenders to be separate from pre-trial and inmates not eligible for community corrections
  • Improved options for female offenders to participate in programs

 

Benefits to our Communities

  • Reduce the strain on community social welfare services
  • Reduce the impact on families as participants remain an active parent
    • It is estimated that 1 in 14 children have an incarcerated parent
  • Limit the future need of expensive high security beds
  • Reduce tax payer costs as this is the most cost effective method for inmate management
  • Aid in development of the workplace as inmates go back to work and become productive citizens and taxpayers.

 

Comprehensive plan integrating community stakeholders, Judges, County Attorney's Office, Public Defenders Office, Sheriff's Office & MCDOC.