Community Corrections offers the courts alternative sentencing programs.
These programs offer eligible offenders a plan to attain financial responsibility, pay fines and restitution and address substance abuse. By contributing work hours to non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, offenders have an opportunity to put their skills to good use. Offenders must be 18 years of age or over and have either entered a guilty plea before a judge or have been found guilty at trial. Offenders on a diversion agreement may be required to perform community service as well.
Some of the program’s objectives are to:
- Expand the criminal justice system’s standard statutory sentencing options.
- Assist the courts by monitoring offenders' successful completion of its sentencing orders.
- Decrease jail overcrowding by offering the courts creative community-based correction programs.
- Positively involve individual members of the community through participation of Justice Councils and Victim/Offender dialogs.
- Allow an offender the opportunity for an uninterrupted, wage-earning life while participating in programs that encourage him/her to become a responsible member of the community.
Offenders work with trained community volunteers to draft a Reparative Agreement that:
- addresses underlying problems that may have precipitated the offense
- encourages positive personal/educational/vocational growth
- encourages offenders to make amends to the victim and/or the community.
Some councils include include a victim/offender dialog held during a justice council session with mutual agreement among the parties.
Application can be filled out on-line and printed and/or
saved to your computer.
Offenders work a worksite compatible with their skills and abilities.
Drunk Driving Impact Panel
The panel is presented by MADD of Gallatin County. Offenders listen to a panel of speakers to become aware of the drunk driving's devastating ripple effect on families, friends and members of the community.
In this non-judgmental environment, some offenders come to “own” the potential tragedy their own actions may have caused and reinforce better judgments in the future with regard to impaired driving.