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Allen County Community Corrections provides cost effective community based supervision programs that serve as an alternative to incarceration.. ACCC continually works toward the goal of facilitating the successful reintegration of adult offenders into the community. View our current employment openings by following the link to the Allen County Jobs website. Complete an online application and attach a copy of your resume.

Allen County Jobs Website (Link)

Interested in an Internship?
ACCC accepts interns pursuing collegiate degrees in the following fields of study:
  • Adult Education
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Affairs
  • Political Science
  • Information Technology
  • Mental Health
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

How to Apply for an Internship
Forward a resume via email to Javier.Zaragoza@allencounty.us, or by postal service to C/o ACCC Internships at 201 W. Superior St., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802. You may also contact us via telephone at (260) 449-7252. Contact Javier Zaragoza,, ACCC Operations Manager for further information.
Allen County Community Corrections 30th Anniversary 2015
Allen County Community Corrections staff members at presentation tables for agency's 30th Anniversary Celebration on October 16, 2015

Division Descriptions
Case Management

The Case Manager's primary goal is to promote public safety by addressing the evaluated risks and needs of participants who are involved in the criminal justice system. In an effort to impact recidivism to the greatest extent possible, case managers facilitate participant compliance with court requirements as well as indicated/needed evidence-based programming. Case Managers utilize evidence-based communication techniques as principal strategies in working with participants with the goal of motivativating them to consider making positive behavior changes. Two skillsets include those prescribed by Effective Communication/Motivational Strategies (ECMS) and Motivational Interviewing.

The Case Management Division is comprised of a Coordinator, two (2) Section Chiefs and ten (10) Case Managers, who supervise over 500 participants at any one time. ACCC's supervision components/programs include Electronic Monitoring/Home Detention, Reentry Court, Community Control, Restoration Court, Parole, Veterans Court, and Daily Reporting.

Division Procedures

Case Managers administer a 4th generation risks/needs assessment, the Indiana Risk Assessment System (IRAS), to identify areas of strength as well as areas of exhibited destabilization, within the first week of intake. The IRAS summary complements additional appropriate testing to contribute to the development of a participant Change Plan.

Once the Change Plan is complete, the Plan becomes a guide for the Case Manager and the participant to help guide them through the program. The case manager works intentionally to help the participant develop a sense of personal autonomy and encourages participants to take the lead in changing their own situations. Case Managers have received numerous hours of training and receive on-going training to enhance their skills in Effective Communication Motivation Strategies. Case Managers take an advocacy role with the client during their time under supervision on the program, are responsible to l hold them accountable for their compliance. Based on their evaluated risk level, clients meet with their Case Manager to assure that the clients are actively seeking employment, attending programming, making payments towards their restitution, adhering to the rules of the program, discussing issues the offender might be having, and working on goals set forth by the participant and Case Manager.

Case Managers, Section Chiefs, and the Coordinator are on-call 24 hours a day for any questions or to provide information regarding clients on their caseloads and adhere to strict ethics and confidentiality code.



Communications

Communications Division Staff are responsible for the 24 hour tracking of over 400 offenders sentenced to community supervision. All participants sentenced to community supervision are monitored electronically using state of the art GPS tracking systems.

Communications serves three (3) critical functions for Community Corrections: Actuate ACCC's Electronic Monitoring program, serve as Field Division Dispatch Center, and serving as the contact point for the bulk of telephone communication with program participants.. Communications has the responsibility for monitoring the whereabouts of all offenders under supervision 24 hours a day. Communications employees also serve as dispatchers for the Field Officers, FWPD and ACPD police officers that work with Community Corrections performing field supervision, home checks and employer visits. The Communications Division receives and documents between 1,200 and 1,500 phone calls from offenders each day in our monitoring center.

Electronic monitoring alerts are generated by our monitoring system and prioritized.  The Communications division reviews between 2,200 and 2,500 alerts each day.  All alerts are viewed and processed by trained monitoring specialists who will then make a determination if the alert is a violation of the program protocols.  If a violation has occurred, staff will take appropriate responses and may dispatch a field officer to intervene if necessary. 

ACCC Communications is one of four (1 of 4) 24-hour dispatch centers in Allen County and works closely with the FWPD, ACPD, and New Haven dispatchers. With all agencies on the same radio system, officers from any local agency can have direct contact with Community Corrections. The Communications Division also uses the same Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software and Records Management System (RMS) as all the other law enforcement agencies in Allen County. ACCC dispatchers can check for warrants, driver's license information or other valuable information by using IDACS and NCIC. If necessary, they have the ability to send Attempt to Locate (ATL) messages to all officers from any local agency that are using a mobile data terminal, they also have the ability to send messages to any law enforcement agency in the nation.



Community Service

ACCC’s community service program benefits taxpayers primarily in the diversion of misdemeanants from serving time in the Allen County Jail, where there is a direct expense for incarceration. ACCC enters into labor agreements with local nonprofits and government agencies, providing assistance with various minimal tasks requiring physical labor.  ACCC currently has notable contracts with the Three Rivers Festival, Memorial Coliseum, Community Harvest Food Bank, and the Johnny Appleseed Festival.  Community service crews complete assigned tasks at an agreed marginal cost that is only attributed to cover a fraction of the expense of providing staff, equipment, fuel, and transportation for the crew itself. All of those who contracted for crew labor should consider themselves partners in supporting the community.  Conceptually, ACCC also calculates community service as a cost-savings service to the community. The value of community service hours in Indiana for 2017 is $22.33. ACCC Community Service crews completed a total of 25,902 hours in fiscal year 2016-2017. The estimated value to Allen County local government and nonprofits for the 2017annual reporting period is $578,650.

 



Field Division

The Field Division employs sworn law enforcement officers to enforce the criminal laws of the state of Indiana and to ensure public safety. The purpose of this division is to ensure that participants are in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Home Detention Program.

The Field Division monitors the daily activities of violent and non-violent participants who have been sentenced to the program for alternative sentencing. If offenders are found in violation of the program rules/regulations they could be remanded back to custody pending a judicial review.

Field Officers perform random unannounced visits at offenders' residences, places of employment, and pass locations. They also conduct appropriate residential searches and conduct surveillance when necessary. All contacts are documented and are recorded in the offender's electronic file.

Officers communicate daily with the ACCC Communications and Dispatch Center and assist with technical emergencies that may arise with the offender's field monitoring device. Officers, as well as the majority of other staff working directly with offenders, are also trained to provide crisis (CIT) mental health Interventions.

On August 19, 2008, Allen County Community Corrections added a K-9. On February 8, 2013, ACCC Officer Hunter and his K-9 partner “Zeke” graduated from the Allen County Sheriff Department Canine Academy after participating in the 14 week training course. K-9 Zeke is certified in the areas of:

  • Obedience Control
  • Evidence Search
  • Area Search
  • Building Search
  • Tracking and the Detection of Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Ecstasy


Intake Division

The Intake Division is responsible to conduct screenings in order to determine each individual’s eligibility for supervision on Electronic Monitoring.  Staff members document the expectations of sentencing judges, and communicate the results of testing and evaluation completed to determine the appropriateness of placement on the myriad of supervision programs.

A significant feature of their process includes explaining in detail the rules and regulations in order to educate the participant and person they live with to ensure compliance with program stipulations.  Public safety remains the highest priority when determining the appropriateness of placement.



Clinical Mental Health & Programs Division

The Clinical/CBT Division at Allen County Community Corrections provides cognitive programs that aid in the rehabilitation of cognitive skills and restructuring processes of referred participants.
The program staff, along with the mental health staff, facilitate several Evidence-Based Cognitive Skills/Restructuring curricula: 

  • The Courage to Change (C2C) program consists of eight weeks working through five journals that address the dynamic criminogenic domains determined by the IRAS (Indiana Risk Assessment System) that often lead clients to criminal behavior.  Topics addressed are: Responsible Thinking, Self-Control, Peer Relationship, and Social Values.  This program is offered for those clients, both internal to ACCC and referred from external sources, who were assessed as lower risk using the IRAS.  This program is offered twice a week in the mornings, afternoon, and evenings and is also available on Saturdays.  
  • Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an IDOC approved Cognitive Skills Development program held twice a week for 12 weeks.  This program is for those clients who were assessed as Moderate Risk or High Risk on the IRAS.  These classes are offered at various times throughout the week and are risk-divided.
  • MRT (Moral Reconation Therapy) is a Cognitive Reconstruction program that is designed to foster moral development.  There are 12 Steps to the program and each client works through the steps at his/her own pace. 
  • Something for Nothing, which began in July 2017, is a four week curriculum that addresses participants charged with shoplifting and or theft.  This class is available at the beginning of each month in both morning and evening times.

Referrals to cognitive programing at Allen County Community Corrections are scheduled to attend the CBT Marketplace Orientation at which time they will be scheduled for recommended programs and obtain additional referral appointments with community agencies.  The CBT Marketplace orientation is Tuesday from 12:45 – 3:00 p.m., except the fourth Tuesday when it is held at 9:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. During the orientation clients are screened for mental health and/or substance abuse clinical concerns and referred for a full evaluation, if appropriate. A Park Center representative is present to schedule the substance abuse and mental health evaluation appointments. Park Center also also completes all of the necessary paperwork, including releases of information, and are scheduled for their Risk-Informed services. A ClaimAid (Claim Aid is a healthcare services navigation program) representative is present to help with signing up for or assisting in completing the process for health insurance. The Allen County Health Department is present to provide education on sexually transmitted deseases and also provides scheduling for optional free testing for Hepatitis C and HIV.


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