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NCJ Number: 165528 Find in a Library
Title: Day Reporting Centers
Author(s): M A Dodd
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Community Justice Ctr OAR/Madison Cty
Anderson, IN 46204
Sale Source: Community Justice Ctr OAR/Madison Cty
412 West 9th Street
Anderson, IN 46204
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Day reporting centers (DRC) are described in terms of their history, characteristics, use and potential misuse, and introduction in Madison County (Ind.).
Abstract: The concept of DRCs emerged in Great Britain in the early 1970's after probation officials and reformers argued that individual casework approaches were ineffective for many chronic but less serious offenders who did not require imprisonment. A DRC is a concept rather than a model program. It can be adapted to the specific needs and goals of a variety of situations. A DRC is a highly structured, nonresidential program that uses supervision, sanctions, and services coordinated from a central location. It aims to provide a structured transition for offenders from being in conflict with the law to being contributing members of the community. Features include increased contacts between offenders and those supervising them, electronically monitored curfews, random drug testing, rigorous enforcement of supervision conditions, and the mobilization of community services such as drug treatment and job placement. DRCs are best suited for two groups: repeat property offenders and probation violators who have not yet reoffended. They should not be used as an add-on for offenders who otherwise would have received probation or as a way to divert offenders from prison. OAR/Madison County has obtained a grant from the Indiana Department of Mental Division of Addiction Services to establish a DRC for suspended and expelled juveniles with a history of alcohol or drug abuse offenses. 8 references
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (adult); Indiana; Intermediate sanctions
Note: OAR White Paper No. 1, presented to IAR National Staff Meeting St. Clairsville, Ohio, October 8-10, 1992.
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