Monroe Circuit Court Probation in the Curry Building
The mission of the Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department is to promote a safer community by intervening in the lives of offenders, holding them accountable, and serving as a catalyst for positive change.
Probation Department Evidence-Based Organization Presentation Now Available on CATS
The Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department conducted a presentation to report on becoming an evidence-based organization on Thursday September 5, 2013.
The presentation was broadcast and streamed live by CATS and is now available for viewing on the CATS website on demand.
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Why the Probation Department is working to become an Evidence-based Organization:
Research has shown that when probation, parole, and community corrections programs are evidence-based organizations, they are more likely to be successful in reducing recidivism.
On March 4, 2013, the Monroe County Community Corrections Program was audited by the Indiana Department of Correction and received an “A” as an evidence-based organization (score of 93/100).
Monroe County staff attending IACCAC conference pictured left to right: Christine McAfee, Jeff Hartman, Valerie Collins, Tom Rhodes, Stancie Cartwright, Mandy Capps, Steve Malone, and Chief Probation Officer Linda Brady.
MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS PROGRAM RECOGNIZED FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY
INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Monroe County Community Corrections was recognized with a 30 year award by the Indiana Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (IACCAC) at the annual Fall Training Institute banquet held on November 21, 2013.
The local community corrections program began in 1983 as one of the original four county programs funded by the Indiana Department of Correction to provide alternatives to incarceration. There are now 83 counties participating statewide.
Much has changed through the years in the community corrections concept with enhancements in technology and development of evidence based practices, according to Community Corrections Director Tom Rhodes.
“In 1989 we were one of the first programs nationwide to use electronic monitoring as a tool in supervising offenders placed on home detention, Rhodes said. “The Visitel system would randomly call offenders’ homes and request a photo be taken and uploaded from the monitoring device.” Within three years, offenders on home detention began wearing electronic monitoring anklets which now can be tracked by a Global Positioning System (GPS).
This year the Monroe County program scored 93 out of 100 possible points in an audit by the Indiana Department of Corrections to determine compliance as being an evidence based practices (EBP) organization.
EBP requires the use of research in determining what type of programming and treatment will be successful in reducing recidivism, according to Rhodes. Assessments are conducted to develop case plans which address offenders’ risk factors and to promote individual strengths.
“This is not cookie cutter corrections,” Rhodes said.
Since its inception thirty years ago, Monroe County has had two community corrections directors. Peggy Welch served until 1989 with Rhodes ever since.
(Pictured left to right: Valerie Collins, Julie Robertson, Susan Allen and Tom Rhodes)
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2011
The Monroe Circuit Court Probation Department participated with more than 30 other local agencies in celebrating National Night Out with the Bloomington’s Crestmont community on August 2, 2011. Several probation employees worked to provide literature, Crayons, coloring books, Popsicles, and to play Corn Hole with festival visitors.
The purpose of National Night Out is to strengthen neighborhoods by building community-police relationships, raise crime and drug awareness and build neighborhood support for anti-crime programs.
One young boy there asked, “What is a Court?” The event allowed an opportunity to educate and befriend many folks in the community.
Representing the local probation department were probation officers: Susan Allen, Julie Robertson, Erin Werner, Valerie Collins, Christine McAfee, Brenda Ogborn, and Tom Rhodes.