A non-violent crime is one that does not involve the use of force or injury to the victim. The seriousness of the crime is usually measured in loss to the victim or economic damage. Non-violent crimes include drug or alcohol-related offenses, bribery, and embezzlement. Since these crimes do not suggest that the perpetrator is violent and, thus, should be removed from society through a prison sentence, a person convicted of a non-violent crime may receive an alternative sentence, such as mandatory participation in a community corrections program or required community service.

What Is a Community Corrections Program?

A community corrections program is a sentencing option for an offender who commits a non-violent crime. The lower-level monitoring program requires offenders to remain under house arrest, wear electronic monitoring, and report to a community corrections officer.

What Is Electronic Monitoring?

Electronic monitoring is a form of remote monitoring that requires an offender to wear an ankle bracelet for a specific amount of time. This allows the court to know where the offender is at all times. It also may allow for the court to monitor whether the wearer has consumed any alcohol while being monitored.

What Is House Arrest?

House arrest is a court-ordered sentence where the offender stays at home at all times. However, the judge may allow an offender to leave their home to work or attend school in limited circumstances.

Is Day Reporting the Same as House Arrest?

No. Day reporting merely requires an offender to report to an officer by telephone each day. Otherwise, the offender is free to leave their home and be out in the community during the period in which they are required to report.

Is Community Corrections the Same as Probation?

While there are similarities between the two, they are not the same thin. Probation is an alternative sentence that allows an offender to avoid time in prison or jail. The offender must follow a group of rules followed set by the court for a specific amount of time. Only a judge can decide if an offender will receive probation.

Am I Required to Go to Jail as Part of a Community Corrections Program?

An offender may have to go to jail as part of their participation in a community corrections program. If this is the case, then the offender will likely spend that time in a low-risk, non-violent facility. Also, they may spend only nights and weekends in the facility if they are permitted to participate in a work-release plan. 

Do I Need a Criminal Lawyer for Help with a Community Corrections Program?

Alternative sentence plans such as community corrections programs are highly desirable. However, they are not available to every criminal defendant. A criminal lawyer will help you understand your rights and chances to receive a community corrections sentence.