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COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMS

Monroe County Community Corrections offers two different ways to complete community service hours ordered by the Court, administrative disciplinary sanction or as a condition of the Prosecutor’s Pretrial Diversion Program.  There is a $4 per hour user fee assessed for all hours required.
 
Road Crew ProgramParticipants are transported to work sites and supervised by program staff to assist nonprofit and government agencies with projects.  A road crew “day” lasts five (5) hours and could involve duties such as picking up trash along roadsides, painting, moving furniture or other light manual labor.  Participants are expected to dress appropriately for seasonal weather conditions.  
  •  Intake:  A group orientation covering the conditions of Road Crew is held once weekly by appointment.  Participants must agree to the terms of being on the program and are provided a deadline to complete the number of days required.
  • Operation Schedule:
Summer (April 1 - November 30)
Wednesday through Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
Winter (December 1 – March 31)
Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 
Public Restitution ProgramParticipants are assigned to various government or non-profit agencies to complete their community service hours by a specified deadline.  Each agency remains in communication with Community Corrections to update the participant’s progress.  Duties could range from clerical to light manual labor.  Work hours are coordinated with the assigned agency’s supervisor.
 
Intake:  An individual appointment is scheduled to review the conditions of Public Restitution.  Participants must agree to the terms of being on the program and are provided a deadline to complete the number of hours required.  Transportation is the participant’s own responsibility and expense.  
 
 
Agencies Seeking Community Service Workers
 
How To Apply - Non-profit and government agencies are eligible to receive Road Crew and Public Restitution labor.  The first step is to complete and mail the Agency Agreement application to:  Community Service Coordinator, Monroe County Community Corrections, 405 W. 7th, Bloomington, IN.  47404.
 
 
 
THINKING FOR A CHANGE
Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program for offenders that includes cognitive restructuring, social skills development, and development of problem solving skills.  T4C is designed for delivery to small groups in 22 lessons and can be expanded to meet the needs of specific participant group.  The curriculum was developed by Barry Glick, Ph.D., Jack Bush, Ph.D., and Juliana Taymans, Ph.D., in cooperation with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC).  The NIC makes available the T4C offender program materials plus a curriculum for training program facilitators.  
 
The T4C program is used in prisons, jails, community corrections, probation, and parole supervision settings.  Participants include adults and juveniles, males and females.  
 
Thinking for a Change is one option in a continuum of interventions to address the cognitive, social, and emotional needs of offender populations.  This program teaches offenders a variety of social skills and alternative ways of thinking by identifying an offender’s core values and beliefs. 
 
Community Corrections contracts with Centerstone to provide this program to offenders referred to the Community Corrections program. 
 
See the National Institute of Corrections web site for more information on this program.  http://nicic.gov/t4c
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