Athens Intensive Supervision Program wins GCCA Program of the Year Award

The Georgia Council of Court Administrators awarded the 2012 Program on the Year Award at its fall meeting in Savannah, GA, to the Athens-Clarke County Probation’s Intensive Supervision Program.
  alt In March 2011, Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Probation Services and iSECUREtrac Electronic Monitoring teamed up to create the Intensive Supervision Program (ISP).  ISP’s initial goals were to enhance community safety by supervising alleged felons on bond, hold the defendants accountable to the orders of the court, assist the county in the desire for successful alternative sentencing, assist the county with jail overcrowding and fiscal savings, and help fight recidivism.
 
How it works
Defendants are assigned to the program by a judge as a Special Condition of Bond or probation.  Some defendants are assigned to the ISP as part of the revocation process after violating their probation.  Instead of sitting in jail, defendants are able to work, attend school, and maintain their family unit.  The program addresses issues that may have contributed to the defendant’s current legal situation.
 
Utilizing the network that ISP has established with local churches, schools, and treatment providers, each defendant is provided the following guidance:  free GED preparation, free credit repair, one-on-one instruction on life management and self-sufficiency, free job search assistance and resume preparation, free computer skills classes, and substance abuse counseling.  The program is offender-paid with a 25% indigent component paid for by ACC.
 
Success
Athens-Clarke County has seen a savings of $725,000.  The program’s success is achieved by immediate response to violations noted through the most advanced GPS, radio frequency, and alcohol monitoring technologies.  iSECUREtrac provides a case manager that also acts as an on-site expert for equipment and data interpretation.
 
Mr. Dale Allen, Chief Probation Officer, Athens Clarke-County Probation Services, says, “This intensive supervision program embodies a non-traditional attitude towards probation that, although compliance based, aims to help the defendant, and therefore, the community as a whole.”
 
According to Mr. Allen, the staff’s rapport with the defendants, as well as relationships with other law enforcement agencies and county departments, has led to great success in solving crimes and building strong criminal cases.  A defendant’s success or failure in the program, as well as their criminal history following program completion, is tracked.
 
Prior to the implementation of ISP, pretrial defendants remained in jail pending the outcome of their legal issue.  In the year since its implementation, approximately 42% of ACC Probation defendants not only successfully complete, but also do not reoffend while enrolled in the program.  Several defendants have earned their GED while out on bond and gone on to attend college and vocational classes. 

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