Community Corrections Background
Implementation of a formalized 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 Michigan Office of Community Corrections (MOCC), housed within the Michigan Department of Corrections, was established with the passage of PA 511 and undertook the responsibilities of reducing prison admissions, gaining better utilization of county jail facilities across Michigan, and improving treatment programming provided to offenders.
In order to assist MOCC with these objectives, PA 511 also provided the authorization for local counties in Michigan to establish local Community Corrections Advisory Boards (CCAB) with membership consisting of local criminal justice and community stakeholders. With the establishment of a CCAB, counties could apply for grant funding from MOCC to assist in the implementation of community corrections programming at the county level.
The Van Buren County Office of Community Corrections (Van Buren County OCC) was created with PA 511 funds awarded to Van Buren County in order to administer and guide the CCAB's comprehensive community corrections plan. Van Buren County OCC staff members hold a number of responsibilities that include the monitoring of funded programming to ensure contract compliance and that the agencies receiving Van Buren County OCC funds are providing services that assist the Van Buren County CCAB in meeting established goals and objectives related to the reduction of prison commitments and jail utilization.