Summit County Nonresidential Community Corrections ProgramsDay Reporting
Family Violence Court
Day Reporting Program
Day Reporting requires individuals who are on probation, parole, or referred by the court to follow an individualized program plan and have regular contact with a caseworker, allowing for the negotiation of goals and objectives, and frequent supervision. Progress is monitored by verifying offenders' activities with itineraries, daily phone calls, curfew calls, and alcohol and drug testing. Improvement toward individual rehabilitative goals results in a successful release from the program.
Discretionary Rehabilitation Program
The Discretionary Rehabilitation Program provides an alternative for Akron Municipal Court in the handling of first-time misdemeanor offenders. Sentencing to this program allows offenders to avoid conviction by completing five educational sessions aimed at preventing further criminal activity by concentrating on behavior management and personal skills. Topics for these informational sessions include Decision Making, Chemical Dependency/Abuse Review, Anger Management, Values and Personal Responsibility, and Court Structure/Restorative Justice Overview. Offenders entering this program undergo background checks to verify there is no previous criminal history. Upon successful completion of the five educational sessions mandated by the program guidelines, charges are dismissed.
Electronic Monitoring Program
Electronic Monitoring supervises offenders through the use of an active, tamper proof, electronic surveillance system. A signal that is transmitted from a band worn around the offender's ankle allows for 24-hour monitoring to track if and when they leave their residence. Offenders are referred to the Electronic Monitoring Program through the court system, probation, parole, or emergency release from the Summit County Jail. The program is also utilized as a reward for offender compliance in another residential program, or as a sanction for noncompliance in a nonresidential program.
Offenders must follow a schedule and are only permitted to leave their residence for work, school, substance abuse counseling, or other authorized programming. An in-home breathalyzer can be a required part of sanctioning for individuals who need alcohol use monitoring. Compliance with time schedules and program requirements results in successful completion of the program.
Family Violence Court
The Family Violence Court, in conjunction with the Akron Municipal Court, offers early intervention, case management, and treatment services for misdemeanor and felony domestic violence offenders. In order for the case to be overseen by the court, the offender must first qualify for probation or other community placement. Program needs are assessed for each participant and a personal, individualized plan is developed. Offenders are required to complete four phases of programming that generally can be completed in one year. Financial responsibilities such as court costs, fines, and restitution also must be addressed before release from the program. Additional coordination with the Battered Women's Shelter and the Victim Assistance Program helps to offer counseling for victims involved in these cases. Successful completion of the program results in release from the program and dismissal of charges.
Pretrial Supervision Program
The Pretrial Supervision Program is designed to monitor defendants with a criminal case pending. Based on assessment, defendants are recommended to the program and are placed in categories of minimum, medium, or maximum supervision as ordered by the court. This supervision helps to ensure the defendant attends all required court appearances and complies with all conditions of release from jail. Defendants are monitored by drug tests, curfews, daily phone calls, and frequent in-person visits. The program is successfully completed when a defendant appears for court without his or her bond being revoked, and the case is adjudicated.
Misdemeanor Diversion Program: Barberton Municipal Court and Summit County
The Misdemeanor Diversion Program holds first-time offenders accountable for their actions and requires participation in informative sessions addressing the issues and behaviors that led to their offense. It is through these sessions that offenders learn new ways to positively change their behavior for the future. Upon completion of the program, offenders' charges are dismissed, eliminating the stigma of a criminal conviction. This program is offered as an alternative for Barberton Municipal Court sentencing.
In coordination with Akron Municipal Court and Summit County Court of Common Pleas, the Drug Court program involves misdemeanor and felony level specialty courts that handle cases involving drug offenders. These courts accelerate the prosecution process and mandate substance abuse treatment and drug education for eligible offenders.
Intense judicial supervision and case management are used to oversee the offender's adherence to individual programming requirements over a 12 - 18 month period. Offenders complete four phases of programming and are both routinely and randomly subjected to testing for alcohol and drug use. The judge has the authority to directly reward or sanction offenders based on their behavior. Structured levels of sanctions are predetermined for offenders who fail to comply with programming requirements or fail to remain drug and alcohol free.
The Pretrial Diversion Program offers an alternative to prosecution for first-time felony offenders. In an effort to stop detrimental behavior and to reduce the likelihood of future offenses, diversion counselors work with offenders from six months to one year to help them learn new ways to deal with the issues and actions that led to their offense. If successful in completing the goals set and finishing restitution payments, the client will have a hearing where, in most cases, the charges are dismissed.
The Reentry Court is specially designed to facilitate offenders' successful return to their community upon release from prison. In an effort to reduce repetition of criminal behavior and the rate of return to prison, the program sets goals that provide an intense and structured level of supervision and counseling services to offenders granted a period of judicial release (early release granted by sentencing authority).
Offenders must complete programming designed to change offender behavior and demonstrate measurable progress in achieving individualized goals. Release from the program is granted when offenders have successfully completed programming goals, abstained from drugs and alcohol, complied with court orders and program rules, and paid court costs and fees.
Reentry Court is a specialized court that is offered through the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
Criminal NonSupport is a specialized program in Summit County which serves as a final effort on the part of the courts to establish child support payments from parents who have a history of not providing financial support for their children. In conjunction with the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, the Summit County Prosecutor’s Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA), and the Summit County Probation Department, the Criminal Nonsupport Program focuses on diverting nonsupport offenders from prison and into a program that addresses the reasons they have failed to make their child support payments. Ensuring payment of current and future child support is the ultimate goal. If a parent is in prison, he or she has no way to make payments or to secure employment. The program works with the offenders who have the ability to be employed to identify and eliminate the barriers that have kept them from paying support. Clients will be expected to work diligently toward obtaining verifiable employment that results in child support payments being directly deducted from their paychecks.
Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring Program (SCRAM)
The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring Program provides 24/7 monitoring of offenders to determine their use of alcohol. The court, probation officer, or treatment provider determines the need for 24-hour alcohol monitoring based on each client's need for abstinence. The program is a minimum of 45 days.
The program is intended for:
- Adult male and female offenders who have been convicted of multiple DUI violations and are seeking driving privileges or who need 24-hour alcohol use monitoring.
- Persons arrested for a multiple DUI offense that the court makes abstinence from alcohol a condition of bond.
- Persons engaged in chemical dependency treatment who have demonstrated an inability to refrain from the use of alcohol during treatment.
- Offenders under supervision who have demonstrated an inability to remain alcohol free.
SCRAM requires the offender to wear a small, tamper-proof ankle device that provides 24/7 monitoring. The SCRAM device samples perspiration every 60 minutes to determine alcohol consumption. If alcohol is detected, the SCRAM ankle bracelet samples every 15 minutes until alcohol is no longer present. Data is collected and then transmitted on a predetermined schedule using a wireless radio frequency signal.
GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) Monitoring
The GPS system includes an ankle bracelet that tracks offender whereabouts 24/7. Oriana House currently offers active, passive, or intermediate monitoring services for offenders. Active monitoring is near real time tracking, and passive monitoring provides a historical look at where the individual has been. Intermediate tracking records the unit report every four to six hours but allows the monitoring center to view recent tracking data that is no more than 10 minutes old. In addition, with both the active and intermediate options, voice messaging can be used to communicate with the offender, requiring an acknowledgment of the message. GPS also alerts staff when offenders enters exclusion zones.