Community Corrections Program
The Community Corrections Programs were created to divert felony offenders from the Tennessee Prison system and to provide necessary supervision and service to the offenders with the goal of reducing the probability of continued criminal behavior while maintaining the safety of the community.
The program is operated statewide and Hay House Inc. serves Criminal Courts in the First Judicial District, Sullivan County – East Tennessee. The felon is sentenced to the program by the Judge and agrees to abide by the rules and regulations of the program.
Top 3 Goals
• To provide supervision and services to felons while maintaining the safety of the community.
• To reduce prison overcrowding.
• To help reduce the probability of continued criminal behavior.
Explanation of Services
The State of Tennessee special legislative session in 1985 created the Community Corrections Program to reduce prison overcrowding. Community Corrections offers local courts increased options, assists victims through collection of restitution, provides public community service work to local governments, and avoids additional tax costs for Tennessee taxpayers. The average costs are less than $5 per day for Community Corrections versus the higher costs of $35 per day for jail incarceration. The Program leaves space in the jails and prisons for violent and repeat offenders. The offenders are expected to live at home, support their families, work, and attend treatment programs as available. The Community Corrections Programs statewide have a successful termination rate of over 60%. Successful terminations are reviewed after one year and less than 10% have been convicted of a new felony.
Number of Persons Served
In Sullivan County 483 felons are currently sentenced to the program. Statewide there are over 5,000 felons on the 20 Community Corrections Programs.
Source of Funding
State funds are made available through the Tennessee Department of Corrections. Participants also pay Supervision Fees – Community Corrections Fees – Court Costs – Fines – Child Support if owing and Victim Restitution if owing.
Second Judicial District – Sullivan County, Tn.