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For the CourtsExamples of Special Projects We Offer

Every court has different needs; communities deserve more than a simple one-size-fits-all package. Here are just a few examples of the special programs we continuously develop in conjunction with our Judges and local officials to provide services that are tailored to the needs of local communities.

Education Assistance

Armed with 10 computers, the McGraw Hill “Instruction Targeted for TABE Success” software, live instructors, and a lot of dedication one Florida county affiliated with JCS initiated a free Adult Education Program in 2010. Defendants from drug court, state probation, and misdemeanor probation are often referred to this program but absolutely anyone is welcome to this free opportunity. This program helps people prepare for a test to obtain the equivalent of a high school diploma.

Employment Assistance

While all offices keep helpful references on hand, some offices go above and beyond to devote special time or staff to finding ways to help defendants find work and benefits. One office in Mississippi is piloting a new approach and has partnered with a number of local businesses including the Chevron Oil Refinery to make job connections for defendants. Another in Florida has an Employment Specialist that helps defendants create resumes and cover letters, fill out applications, and complete mock interviews. This office even maintains a list of probationer-friendly job openings and events that is available by email and in the lobby on a weekly basis. There is also an employment readiness course developed by our Director of Program Services. This course is completed over six sessions and is free to all probationers in the offices where it is available.

Pretrial Diversion

Deferred Prosecution Agreement, Pretrial Diversion, a second chance….whatever you like to call it, many jurisdictions appreciate being able to work with JCS to keep records clean. This kind of program is generally an agreement between the State Attorney’s Office and a first-time offender. The defendant will complete a set of requirements, and if he or she does so successfully, the State will drop the case. Not every diversion has to be turned over to JCS but we are happy to provide extra guidance to those who may need it, we have found that supervision of requirements generally leads to a much greater success rate for the defendants.

Pretrial Release

Deferred Prosecution Agreement, Pretrial Diversion, a second chance….whatever you like to call it, many jurisdictions appreciate being able to work with JCS to keep an offenders records clean. This kind of program is generally an agreement between the State/District Attorney’s Office and a first-time offender. The defendant will complete a set of requirements, and if he or she does so successfully, the State will drop the case. Not every diversion has to be turned over to JCS but we are happy to provide extra guidance to those who may need it, we have found that supervision of requirements generally leads to a much greater success rate for the defendants.

Involvement in Special Courts

The accountability model is growing in popularity and success among courts across the nation. JCS is proud to play an integral part in the planning and creation of some of these special courts and assisting officials with any needs in others. Accountability programs  and specialty courts is one area that we are particularly proud of.  Successful programs we have partnered on include:  Drug Court, DUI court, Mental Health Court, Gun Crime court and Veteran’s Court.  All strive to deal with individual obstacles and challenges and change the actual behavior of offenders at risk for re-offending through a more intense form of supervision and long-term treatment. According to the National Center for DWI Courts, participants in DWI programs like this are up to nineteen times less likely to pick up a new DWI offense than those who go through the traditional court process. JCS is happy to have an officer present for each court session and play any role needed like specialized supervision, course facilitation, employment assistance, benefits navigation, and nearly anything else that will help the defendant to get his or her life on track.  Judicial Correction Services has several full time program managers in staff to assist in your implementation of solutions for your court.