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Mission Statement

ACCC operates a community-based supervision program that recruits and recognizes a well-trained, professional work force to serve and protect our community, its crime victims and those adult offenders under supervision by effectively deploying the field's best practices, proven programming, and rehabilitative strategies to hold offenders accountable and promote their success.

Who We Are

Allen County Community Corrections is comprised of an experienced and diverse staff of nearly 100 individuals. Our employees have been trained in various disciplines including: administration, law enforcement, social work, psychology, security, case management, investigation, education, supervision, mental health, and statistics.

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Agency News 

Veterans Treatment Court Holds Special Graduation Ceremony to Honor Veterans Completing the Program

 
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The Joint Allen County Veterans Court of the Allen Circuit and Superior Courts held a graduation ceremony on November 9, 2017 at 11:00am in the Allen Circuit Court. City of Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry served as the Honored Guest Speaker for the ceremony.

The Ceremony marks the completion of an intensive program designed to connect veterans suffering from substance abuse and/or mental health disorders with the benefits and treatment they have earned. “The Joint Veterans Court is having a tremendous impact on our community and the Veterans who have so honorably served us. I am proud to be part of the treatment team and look forward to continuing this great work,” stated Circuit Court Judge Tom Felts.

The Allen County Joint Veterans Court is a judicially-supervised court docket that reduces correctional costs, protects community safety, and improves public welfare. Veterans Treatment Courts combine rigorous treatment and accountability for veterans facing incarceration due to charges stemming from substance abuse and/or mental health issues. According to Superior Court Judge Fran Gull, “The Veterans Court is structured to assure that veterans regularly meet their court obligations, while also instilling a revitalized commitment to their community and to themselves. This model decreases the likelihood that veterans will reoffend and remain in the criminal justice system.”

Veterans Treatment Courts expedite access to veteran-specific resources, including benefits and treatments earned through military service, by involving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health care networks, the Veterans Benefits Administration, State Departments of Veterans Affairs, volunteer veteran mentors and veterans family support organizations.

Indiana Criminal Justice Association Names ACCC Program of the Year

 

On October 18, 2017, the Indiana Criminal Justice Association (ICJA) named Allen County Community Corrections (ACCC) as the 2017 Program of the Year at its Occupational Awards luncheon held in Evansville, IN. 

Allen County Community Corrections has served as an alternative sentencing program for both Allen Circuit Court and Allen Superior Court since 1985.  Allen County Community Corrections’ supervision tools include Community Service, GPS Electronic Monitoring, Day Reporting and Pre-Trial Supervision as ordered by the Court.  ACCC also administers three (3) state certified problem-solving courts for court ordered participants including the Allen Superior Court ReEntry Court, the Allen Circuit Court Restoration Court and the Allen Circuit Court Veterans Court.  These programs serve those who are dually diagnosed, returning inmates, and veterans.  Allen County Community Corrections is governed by an active and diverse advisory board composed of a number of Court and community leaders who meet on a bi-monthly basis to guide program operations.

The ICJA is a professional-member association in Indiana that focuses on the enrichment of criminal justice professions and building connections within the Indiana Criminal Justice System.   In the award process, the ICJA sought to recognize a criminal justice organization that has exhibited the ability to deliver rehabilitative services in full alignment with all of the field’s evidence-based practices.

ACCC was nominated for this honor by Indiana Parole. The nomination was echoed through letters of support from local Judges, community partners, and area supporters of the agency.  Those who wrote letters of support for ACCC included: Judge John Surbeck, Allen Superior Court Judge:  Judge Thomas Felts, Allen Circuit Court Judge; Judge Frances Gull, Allen Superior Court Judge; the  Allen County Board of Commissioners;  Eric Zimmerman, Allen Circuit Court Administrator and Allen County’s Chief Adult Probation Officer;  Paul Wilson, President/CEO of Park Center, Inc.;  Karen Richards, Allen County Prosecutor;  Laurie Gray, Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) Coordinator;  and Tom Harris, Allen County Councilman.  “In my role as board member and as a partner in providing service, I have observed the integrity, dedication, and competence of ACCC.  That tone permeates  through the organization and is reflected in ACCC’s continued focus on providing evidence-based practices that strive to return those under supervision to productive members of society, while maintaining safety for the community,” said Paul Wilson, in his letter of support for ACCC.

“This tremendous acknowledgement is an opportunity to recognize both the excellence of service contributed by the many individuals in our employ and is also an opportunity to draw awareness to the vast contributions of our Allen County stakeholders and loyal partners.  ACCC is honored to be named the Indiana Criminal Justice Association Program of the Year for 2017,” said ACCC Executive Director Kim Churchward.

Learn more about Indiana Criminal Justice Association

ACCC Recognized with Employer Support of Freedom Award

 

Allen County Community Corrections was nominated and awarded the Secretary of Defense - Employer Support Freedom Award Certificate from the Indiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).  ACCC has received two nominations from its employees since 2015 for this esteemed award.  The mission of the ESGR is to gain support from public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve.

Learn more about the Employer Support Freedom Award

Kevin Hambrick Receives Civil Service Award

 

Kevin Hambrick, Allen County Community Corrections' drug screening technician, was recognized by the Board of Commissioners and awarded the Allen County Civil Service Award on September 22, 2017. This special recognition goes to Allen County Employees who demonstrate exceptional service, noteworthy commitment, and/or efficient and innovative ideas. Congratulations to Mr. Hambrick for this special recognition and thank you for your continued service!

Kevin was recognized by Commissioners Nelson Peters and Therese Brown (ACCC Advisory Board Members) on September 21, 2017 before an assembly of the Allen County Community Corrections Advisory Board and his supportive co-workers. He received his formal award before the Board of Commissioners Legislative Session on September 22, 2017. Mr. Hambrick is the second ACCC staff member to receive this recognition and honor.


Training Programs
  Basic Motivational Interviewing Training  

ACCC offers a Basic Motivational Interviewing Workshop (2-day Training) for Criminal Justice and Clinical Professionals – designed to introduce new staff members to the principles of the approach (Spirit of MI), foundations of clinical skills, and skills practice.  This is an interactive program involving skill building, role-playing, and fun.  Click here to check out our Training Division’s 2017 Program Schedule.

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