Summit County Nonresidential Community Corrections ProgramsDay Reporting
Remote Breath Alcohol Monitoring
Family Violence Court
Drug Courts - Akron Recovery Court and Summit County Turning Point
Day Reporting Program
Day Reporting requires individuals who are on probation, parole, or referred by the court to follow an individualized program plan and have regular contact with a caseworker, allowing for the negotiation of goals and objectives, and frequent supervision. Progress is monitored by verifying offenders' activities with itineraries, daily phone calls, curfew calls, and alcohol and drug testing. Improvement toward individual rehabilitative goals results in a successful release from the program.
Electronic Monitoring Services
Standard Electronic Monitoring - Standard EM equipment uses a tamper proof ankle bracelet (transmitter) worn by the offender and a receiver that is connected to the phone and power lines in the offender’s home. Using radio frequency, the receiver monitors the presence or absence of the offender within a specified range. This information is then compared to the agency’s defined schedule restrictions to determine the offender’s compliance.
Restrictions can require the person to remain at home at all times or be allowed to leave at scheduled times for work, treatment, or other approved activities.
Compliance and system status information are monitored by Oriana House’s EM Center. System status information includes feedback on low battery levels in the transmitter or receiver, tamper detection, power and telephone failures, and other equipment operation conditions.
Cellular Electronic Monitoring - Cellular EM is a modified receiver enabling cellular communication. Offenders are still required to wear a transmitter. The receiver unit is placed inside the offender’s home and connected to electrical power only. If the receiver is unplugged and moved, an alert is generated
The cellular unit has an active SIM card (portable memory chip) inside which is utilized to call in offender activity to the EM Center. EM Center staff can easily determine the status of the power supply and the cellular signal by checking the indicator lights on top of the cellular unit.
Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM)
The Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) system is able to detect consumption of alcohol 24 hours a day. The SCRAM system comprises three parts: a tamper resistant ankle bracelet, a modem, and the SCRAM network.
The ankle bracelet monitors the use of alcohol through transdermal alcohol concentration emitted through one’s skin (by imperceptible perspiration). SCRAM samples perspiration every 30 minutes. If alcohol is detected, testing increments increase to determine if the person is continuing to drink alcohol.
Twenty-four hour monitoring reduces the client’s ability to manipulate his or her drinking patterns to avoid detection. The bracelet time stamps and stores all readings and tamper indications. These readings are sent to the SCRAM modem, which is connected to the client’s home phone, at designated times. Data is then sent from the modem to the SCRAM monitoring center.
GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) Monitoring
GPS services require the client to wear a tamper proof ankle bracelet for monitoring a person’s exact location using satellite technology. If the ankle bracelet is tampered with or removed, Oriana House staff is notified immediately. Three monitoring levels are offered: active, intermediate, and passive.
Active GPS - Real-time (immediate) monitoring of a person’s whereabouts with position points recorded and tracking history available. Exclusion zones are programmed allowing for Oriana House staff to be immediately notified if the client enters an area where he or she is forbidden to be; for example, a victim’s neighborhood or place of employment, or near an airport. Inclusion zones can be set so that staff is alerted if the person leaves the county or state of residence.
Intermediate GPS - Monitors clients’ movements and calls in their locations every four to six hours. Intermediate tracking has the added benefit of being able to selectively view tracking data that is no more than 10 minutes old, if necessary.
Passive GPS - Records location points in a historical format to be reviewed after the client returns home and docks the GPS tracking device.
Remote Breath Alcohol Monitoring
The remote breath alcohol monitor is a hand held cellular device that utilizes facial recognition when testing for alcohol consumption. It provides a GPS location of where the client is while testing and immediately sends test results, including failures to test, to EM Center staff. If a client submits a positive test, the device automatically requests a retest 15 minutes later. Tests can be ordered to be random, scheduled, on-demand, and prompted by a client request.
Family Violence Court
The Family Violence Court, in conjunction with the Akron Municipal Court, offers early intervention, case management, and treatment services for misdemeanor and felony domestic violence offenders. In order for the case to be overseen by the court, the offender must first qualify for probation or other community placement. Program needs are assessed for each participant and a personal, individualized plan is developed. Offenders are required to complete four phases of programming that generally can be completed in one year. Financial responsibilities such as court costs, fines, and restitution also must be addressed before release from the program. Additional coordination with the Battered Women's Shelter and the Victim Assistance Program helps to offer counseling for victims involved in these cases. Successful completion of the program results in release from the program and dismissal of charges.
Pretrial Supervision Program
The Pretrial Supervision Program is designed to monitor defendants with a criminal case pending. Based on assessment, defendants are recommended to the program and are placed in categories of minimum, medium, or maximum supervision as ordered by the court. This supervision helps to ensure the defendant attends all required court appearances and complies with all conditions of release from jail. Defendants are monitored by drug tests, curfews, daily phone calls, and frequent in-person visits. The program is successfully completed when a defendant appears for court without his or her bond being revoked, and the case is adjudicated.
Misdemeanor Diversion Program: Barberton Municipal Court and Summit County
The Misdemeanor Diversion Program holds first-time offenders accountable for their actions and requires participation in informative sessions addressing the issues and behaviors that led to their offense. It is through these sessions that offenders learn new ways to positively change their behavior for the future. Upon completion of the program, offenders' charges are dismissed, eliminating the stigma of a criminal conviction. This program is offered as an alternative for Barberton Municipal Court sentencing.
In coordination with Akron Municipal Court and Summit County Court of Common Pleas, the Drug Court program involves misdemeanor and felony level specialty courts that handle cases involving drug offenders. These courts accelerate the prosecution process and mandate substance abuse treatment and drug education for eligible offenders.
Intense judicial supervision and case management are used to oversee the offender's adherence to individual programming requirements over a 12 - 18 month period. Offenders complete four phases of programming and are both routinely and randomly subjected to testing for alcohol and drug use. The judge has the authority to directly reward or sanction offenders based on their behavior. Structured levels of sanctions are predetermined for offenders who fail to comply with programming requirements or fail to remain drug and alcohol free.
The felony level drug court program is called Turning Point. Click here to see a Turning Point brochure.
The Pretrial Diversion Program offers an alternative to prosecution for first-time felony offenders. In an effort to stop detrimental behavior and to reduce the likelihood of future offenses, diversion counselors work with offenders from six months to one year to help them learn new ways to deal with the issues and actions that led to their offense. If successful in completing the goals set and finishing restitution payments, the client will have a hearing where, in most cases, the charges are dismissed.
The Reentry Court is specially designed to facilitate offenders' successful return to their community upon release from prison. In an effort to reduce repetition of criminal behavior and the rate of return to prison, the program sets goals that provide an intense and structured level of supervision and counseling services to offenders granted a period of judicial release (early release granted by sentencing authority).
Offenders must complete programming designed to change offender behavior and demonstrate measurable progress in achieving individualized goals. Release from the program is granted when offenders have successfully completed programming goals, abstained from drugs and alcohol, complied with court orders and program rules, and paid court costs and fees.
Reentry Court is a specialized court that is offered through the Summit County Court of Common Pleas.
Criminal NonSupport is a specialized program in Summit County which serves as a final effort on the part of the courts to establish child support payments from parents who have a history of not providing financial support for their children. In conjunction with the Summit County Court of Common Pleas, the Summit County Prosecutor’s Child Support Enforcement Agency (CSEA), and the Summit County Probation Department, the Criminal Nonsupport Program focuses on diverting nonsupport offenders from prison and into a program that addresses the reasons they have failed to make their child support payments. Ensuring payment of current and future child support is the ultimate goal. If a parent is in prison, he or she has no way to make payments or to secure employment. The program works with the offenders who have the ability to be employed to identify and eliminate the barriers that have kept them from paying support. Clients will be expected to work diligently toward obtaining verifiable employment that results in child support payments being directly deducted from their paychecks.