Diversion Programs Provide Alternatives to Incarceration
Alternative Sentencing Program/Day Reporting
The Alternative Sentencing Program (ASP) is an alternative to incarceration program which allows an offender to reside at his or her own residence, but requires them to report to the Community Corrections Campus and adhere to the itinerary set for them by the program. Corrections Education
Our case managers provide a holistic approach to all offenders serviced. All areas of need are addressed whether it is at the Community Corrections Campus or through referrals in the community.
The program is open to qualifying pretrial offenders, sentenced parish offenders and persons referred to the program from Probation and Parole. The program’s case management provides classes, supervision, drug screening, counseling, educational program participation and other case related appointments based on the court’s order and the offender’s needs. Any offender who participates in the Alternative Sentencing Program has the opportunity to receive services based on risk/need as well as having access to treatment programs LPSO has to offer.
Program eligibility is based on public safety risk and need. Some participants may also be required to wear a GPS electronic monitoring device while participating in the program. Most participants are placed on four to six month programs.
The Corrections Education staff offer educational opportunities to all offenders in corrections in order for them to obtain a High School Equivalency Diploma or improve upon their basic skills through tutoring and instructional practices. The test is offered at two of the LPSO facilities as needed.
Reentry ProgramThe Reentry program includes intervention strategies for DOC offenders who are housed in local jails and returning to the Southwest Central Region of the State (Acadia, Allen, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Vermillion Parishes), and an enhanced level of services which will better equip the offenders for reentry into the community upon release from incarceration.
While participating in the program the offenders will reside at the Community Program House or the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center and receive the 100 Hour Pre-Release program, anger management, Moral Reconation Therapy, substance abuse education and/or treatment, parenting, HiSET prep and vocational certifications. Upon completion of the program the offenders may be transferred to the Transitional Work Program if approved through the Department of Corrections. Approximately 120 daysTransitional Services
The Community Corrections department works with offenders leaving incarceration who are in need of housing, ID’s, clothing, medical, transportation, family support and other community services as well as employment services. Transitional Coordinators are available in each area of corrections in order to meet the needs of all offenders leaving corrections and transitioning into the community.
Drug Testing and GPS Electronic Monitoring
The Sheriff’s Office also provides low cost convenient drug screening services for Alternative Sentencing and Treatment Program participants, as well as other public agencies. Results are usually available within 24-48 hours via the Web. Some program participants are required to wear a monitor at all times. GPS Tracking monitor services are also available for a fee
Classes and Services Available for ASP Participants
•Employment Training - a series of classes which provide and prepare the individual for any future employment opportunities and money management. Included are employment orientation, employment soft skills, career planning, referral to other supportive services, job placement and retention assistance. 3 weeks
•Computer Skills - for the offender who has minimal or no experience with computer operating systems, word processing and spreadsheet applications. It teaches the basic fundamentals of operating a computer as well as keyboarding. 4 weeks
•Driving the Right Way - a cognitive-behavioral program for DUI/DWI offenders that consists of a minimum of four sessions focusing on changing thinking and decision-making. 4 weeks
•Changing Offender Behavior - is an evidence-based system that remediates criminogenic antisocial thinking and cognitive skill deficits. The program uses a service delivery approach that incorporates principles of modeling, rehearsing, and rewarding pro-social thoughts and behavior. This course includes study of the two curriculum workbooks, each containing ten group sessions. 10 weeks
•Community Service - is used as a restorative justice perspective for the purpose of the offender to experience the need of restoring the community for the crimes committed. Ability to adequately repay the community for those costs may be difficult to duplicate; however, the offender is expected to participate in unpaid labor in government and non-profit agencies in an effort to express the impact of the offenders’ actions on the community.
•Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluations - performed by trained clinicians and allows for evaluations of mental illness and substance use disorders. Referrals for medication made as needed.
Community Corrections program participants if assessed with a substance abuse disorder have the opportunity to access the services through the Acadiana Recovery Center’s Outpatient Services which is a three month evidence-based substance abuse program that meets four times a week. Each phase of the program is based upon level of care necessary.
•Coping Skills - is provided for gender specific groups to deal with issues that are causing barriers to recovery. Open group
•Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) - an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral counseling program that combines education, group and individual counseling, and structured exercises designed to foster moral development in treatment-resistant clients as well as dealing with antisocial attitudes and behaviors. 12 weeks
•Anger Management (Coping With Anger) - a cognitive behavioral program that follows through eight modules to address an offender’s thinking and behavior as it relates to anger. It is designed to be completed in eight weeks, but could be longer depending upon offender participation. Approx. 8 weeks
• Partners in Parenting - The TCU Partners in Parenting module was designed to address the needs and concerns of parents in substance abuse treatment programs. The eight workshops focus on concepts important for parenting effectiveness such as communication skills, guidance techniques, and positive discipline strategies.
•Corrections Education Program - Program gives participants the opportunity to obtain a high school equivalency diploma through the HiSET system. The program provides preparation through teaching and testing. The Education Program also focuses on helping offenders throughout Corrections increase literacy levels, regardless of the adult and juvenile offenders basic educational levelOccupational Training and Certification
Custodial Management Institute Training
A nationally recognized certification that teaches participants about custodial cleaning and professional maintenance including the use of different cleaning agents, contaminants, and foreign substances. The class is offered quarterly on the Community Corrections campus.
Introductory course teaching history, theory, and transmission mediums of communications and connectivity, as well as Smart Home technologies and safety in the workplace. Course takes 40 hours to complete.
Provides certification aimed at anyone who is planning on working in a venue or restaurant that deals with food preparation. The course teaches the importance of sanitation, clean up, prep cook, temperature, cooking, and how to properly manage left-overs.
Scheduled to be added soon.
Qualifying and Referral Sgt. Kioloni Readeaux,
There are several ways an offender may be referred to the program. Many referrals come from judges, probation officers or other criminal justice agencies. Most come from the Sheriff’s Tracking Offender Program (S.T.O.P.), located inside the Correctional Center. Arrestees and transfers are screened to see if they qualify. Crimes committed, criminal records, length of sentences, as well as a variety of other factors are used to determine the offenders’ safety risk to the community and to self. The courts can also recommend or require the satisfactory completion of an Alternative Sentence and its program components as part of a person’s sentence.
If you know of someone who is incarcerated who you believe could qualify, please refer them to our S.T.O.P. office at 337.236.5440
If you, a friend or a family member is not currently incarcerated, but is awaiting a court appearance or on probation and could benefit from the program contact:
LPSO Court Liaison/S.T.O.P Supervisor
For more on how you or someone can qualify for one of our Alternative Sentencing Programs contact:
Community Corrections Manager
Community Corrections Campus
100 Poydras Street, Lafayette, LA 70501
7:30 am-4:30 pm Monday – Friday
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