WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO GOING TO JAIL IN JOHNSON COUNTY?
If you are convicted of a crime there may be an alternative to going to jail or prison. Johnson County has programs that can keep an offender out of custody depending on the crime the person is convicted of and the preparation of the case by their attorney. Below are a few examples and some information on each.
Adult Probation: The Adult Probation Program is standard probation. Requirements of probation vary depending on the offender. The main objective of probation is to make sure that the offender complies with court orders. This may include completing counseling classes, drug or alcohol meetings, anger management classes or some other class that the court has deemed necessary that the offender complete while on probation. Offenders on probation must abstain from drug and alcohol use and are subject to random urine testing as a part of probation. The offender will sign a probation agreement and abide by that agreement. The probation agreement will outline the obligations of the offender.
Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP): The Adult Intensive Supervision Program is responsible for providing community-based supervision for adults that are sentenced to ISP probation. Intensive Supervision probation can be required for defendants that have been convicted of either felony or some misdemeanor cases. Offenders that are placed with ISP will get the assignment in one of four different scenarios.
1. At the time the offender is sentenced;
2. After the offender has had a revocation hearing from regular probation;
3. After the offender has successfully completed the Adult Residential Center Program;
4. After a violation of probation and Court Services requires an internal sanction.
When an offender is placed with ISP they will be required to meet frequently with their supervising officer sometime multiple times per week. The ISP officer with meet with treatment providers, family members, employers and others that play a significant role in the offender’s life. The offender will be required to submit to counseling and take frequent random drug and alcohol tests at their own expense. Offenders are very closely monitored to ensure compliance with court orders as well as ISP guidelines.
Adult Residential Center: The Adult Residential Center (ARC) is a 398 bed, community based facility that provides a highly structured environment for Court ordered adult offenders. The main objective of the ARC program is to reintegrate clients into the community as successful, productive citizens. This is accomplished by: a structured 24 hour program, professional well trained staff, a modern, well maintained facility, individualized case supervision planning which include the following; Resource Development and Employment Assistance, Pre-Employment Training, On-site Mental Health Counseling, Batterer’s Intervention, Anger Control, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Narcotics Anonymous meetings, Substance Abuse treatment, options to obtain a High School Diploma or G.E.D. and other educational opportunities, Cognitive Skills Programming, and Faith-Based Services.
Therapeutic Community: The goal of the Therapeutic Community (TC) is to reduce crowding in Kansas prisons by diverting probation condition violators to an intensive, long-term residential substance abuse treatment setting. The Therapeutic Community opened its doors at the Adult Residential Center in February, 1998. The 6-month substance abuse treatment program is designed to impact offenders who have extensive drug abuse and criminal histories. The program is accredited by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The TC program and its aftercare component can accommodate up to 50 clients, male and female. In addition to the many services and activities provided by community volunteers, on-site mental health counseling is available through licensed TC Staff as well as crisis counseling through Johnson County Mental Health.
Work Release: Offenders Court ordered to Work Release are serving their sentence while being allowed to maintain their employment, pay taxes and court fees. Work Release provides high accountability for offenders within the facility and in the community. Work Release staff regularly conduct compliance checks at their place of employment and maintain contact with employers to ensure the offenders are adhering to the procedures of Work Release on a consistent basis.
What are the ground rules when you are participating in one of the above programs?
Correct Care Services (CCS) provides medical services for the Johnson County Department of Corrections Adult Residential Center. If you take medication for any health or mental health reason, please read the following information:
With the exception of those medication issued by the Johnson County Detention center or other Correctional facility we will no longer accept medications brought in with you and/or by family members. CCS will verify all medications and order those that are verified through their medication vendor. If there are any issues during the wait for verification you will be sent to the emergency room to determine the medication needed. Critical medications will be started as soon as possible after admission.
All medications must immediately be turned in to the Control Center along with all documentation received from your doctor. All medication will be dispensed from the medication dispensing area at the designated times. All medications must be taken as prescribed. Once you have taken your medicine, be prepared to open your mouth and lift your tongue so staff can see that the medications were taken. All medication must be ordered through an approved pharmacy. These would include Diamond Pharmacy for the uninsured and Hy-Vee for the insured. Exceptions would be for the utilizing the VA and/or specialty medications for unusual medical problems.
Personal Property Rules:
All property (intake, exchanges, releases or disposals) must be processed through the Property Office. Failure to communicate incoming/exchange property with the Property Office will result in a discrepancy between your property inventory and the items in your possession. Such discrepancies will result in confiscation and possible disposal of said items.
3 total shirts (T-shirts with graphics, button up shirts, sweaters, polo)
3 total electronics (fan, beard trimmer, flat iron, blow dryer, alarm clock, hand held radio)
3 total pants (cargo shorts, jeans, khaki pants, slacks)
1 total wallet (any color)
5 of EACH sock, underwear, Bra’s
2 total jewelry (wedding set and/or watch)
5 total solid color shirts (long sleeve and short sleeved solid colored t-shirts_
3 total coats, sweatshirts, jackets (hooded sweatshirts, zip up jackets, crew sweatshirts)
5 total shoes (tennis shoes, house shoes, steel toed boots)
3 total belts (pull tight, brown belt, black belt)
2 total sleepwear (sleep pants, sleep shirts, sleep shorts)
Seasonal wear: 3 total scarves, gloves, hat; 5 total long underwear
Approved hygiene items shall be kept at minimal levels as outlined on contraband list. New clients/inmates: in first week at ARC- may have property brought in/exchanged through the Property Office at any time.
Work Clothes Rules:
Work clothing needs/items must be entered on your Job Placement form by your Resource Developer. Casual and business casual dress code clothing must come out of your regular inventory. While in consultation with your RD, Additional work clothing decisions shall be made by Property Office based on schedule, job duties, etc. Hats, safety/sun glasses approved by RD for work purposes only shall not be worn in facility buildings, on facility grounds or on transportation and must be outlined on a Sack Pack Card. Failure to follow this rule will result in the loss of hats, safety/sun glass privileges.
Only approved visitors will be allowed to visit. Visitation lists will need to be submitted as soon as possible upon intake. All visitors 16 years of age and over will be submitted to background checks before approval is granted for visitation. This process can take approximately two weeks after the completed from is submitted to your Residential Case Manager. It will be up to the client to notify their visitors if they are approved.
Visitors 16 years of age and over are required to show a valid picture I.D.
All visits are by appointment only. Appointments are made by calling 913-715-6304, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to sign up for a specified visitation time.
Appointments for Wednesday evening visitation will close at 4 p.m. on that day. Sign up for weekend visitation will close at 4 p.m. on Friday.
Limited visitation slots are available. Clients will be allowed one visit each visitation day (Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and may have up to 3 visitors at a time (unless special arrangements are approved by an RCM or SCM)
Clients are to report for visitation 10 minutes prior to start time.
Visitors can begin arriving 15 minutes before the scheduled visitation. All visitors will be processed and admitted to the visitation area at the same time. All visitors must be appropriately dressed and can be refused entry. No one will be allowed in after the start time of the visitation period.
Visitation will be held in designated areas. No outside food or beverages. However, vending is available.
Residential and Work Release visitation times:
Wednesday: 6:30 p.m.- 7:15; 7:30 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 p.m.- 7:15; 7:30 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m.- 8:45; 9:00 a.m.-9:45; 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Therapeutic Community visitation times:
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.; 1:00p.m.-1:45 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.; 9:00 a.m.-9:45 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.-1:45 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.- 2:45 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.- 3:45 p.m
How much money does work release, therapeutic community and residential center cost?
Clients of the Residential Center will be responsible for the payment of all incurred costs associated with the program/contract services. These costs may include:
Residential Maintenance: $13.00 per day
Therapeutic Community: $1.00 per day
Unemployed inmates: $15.00 per day
Inmates earning up to $9.99 per hour: $15.00 per day
Inmates earning $10.00 or more per hour: $20.00 per day
State work release inmates: 25% of inmates’ gross wages
How much money do other services like medication, treatment and evaluations cost?
Medications if prescribed: will be charged to the client at no cost to the agency. If you have insurance options, notify medical staff.
Treatment per clinical hour: $25.00
Standard treatment consists of 15 clinical hours
Standard treatment with relapse prevention focus consists of 15 clinical hours
Advanced outpatient treatment consists of 50 clinical hours
On-site mental health services are at no cost
State ID/Driver’s License fees vary
No client will be confronted with possible revocation of probation/supervision for failure to meet financial obligations except those which are conditions of probation/supervision orders.