43565 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI, 48043
Phone: (586) 307-9443
Fax: (586) 469-6436
Macomb County Community Corrections mission is to provide effective, local, community-based alternatives to incarceration that promote public safety, hold offenders accountable, and improve their ability to live lawfully and productively in the community.
Macomb County Community Corrections is a community based sanction and rehabilitative program aimed at relieving prison and jail overcrowding through Court-approved sentencing alternatives. Non-violent offenders are placed into community sanctions, rather than in jail or prison, to free up corrections space for more serious offenders. Rehabilitative and monitoring options include substance abuse inpatient and outpatient treatment, monitoring services, substance use testing, community service work, cognitive programming and pre-trial release supervision.
The Community Corrections Program in Michigan began as a response to an increasing prison population and the associated costs being experienced by Michigan in the late 1980s. Michigan legislators passed Public Act 511, better known as the Community Corrections Act, in 1988 as a response to the growth in the prison commitment rate. The Office of Community Alternatives/Community Corrections, within the Michigan Department of Corrections, administers Public Act 511. The goal of the Act is to reduce prison commitments through a State grant programs for community-based sanctions and services. The Office of Community Alternatives (OCA) works in cooperation with local governments to reduce admissions to prison, improve local jail utilization, improve rehabilitative services to offenders and strengthen offender accountability.
Local governments apply for grants by establishing community corrections advisory boards which develop comprehensive corrections plans. The plans identify local policies and practices, as well as programs and services which will help achieve their goals.
OCA requires each community corrections advisory board to identify linkages with the local Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency, the local community health departments, and other agencies to help provide cost-effective and non-duplicated services to offenders.
The State Community Corrections Board reviews the local comprehensive community corrections plans and applications then makes recommendations to the director of the MDOC. The director then makes the final grant award decision.
Grants are awarded to help support services such as substance-abuse treatment, and provide residential programs for certain types of offenders. Cognitive programming is frequently a part of treatment programming in the community. Most of the offenders enrolled in treatment-type programs are sentenced felons. Offenders with higher sentencing guideline scores, probation violators and those who have convictions for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol account for increasing proportions of new enrollees in residential programs. Misdemeanants account for the majority of enrollments in pretrial monitoring, substance use testing and community service programs.
Through the work and activities by the Macomb County Community Corrections staff, Community Corrections Advisory Board members, the Sheriff’s Office, the County Administration and local County agencies:
Macomb County has demonstrated its ability to maintain a prison commitment rate (PCR) significantly below the state average for more than ten years. Macomb County has witnessed a decrease in its prison commitment rate from a high of 17.6% in 1999 to 13.3% for 2011. While the total Circuit Court dispositions have increased over 60%, from 2694 in 1999 to 4349 in 2011. In addition, Macomb County has not had to declare an official jail overcrowding emergency since 2008.
The Macomb County Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB) has been successful in receiving funding from the State since 1991. Since then, the CCAB has developed strong collaboration and support from all parts of the criminal justice system in the County. The comprehensive plan is reviewed each year to ensure the effectiveness of existing programs, as well as to create new programs as needed.
Working in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Corrections and the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.