The Work Crew program offers a service by having offenders work in and give back to the community they have harmed. Offenders participate in projects including cleanup of illegal dump sites, restoration and maintenance of local city and county parks, assisting local governmental agencies with public works and working with approved not-for-profits. While on the crew, offenders learn how to report for work, be respectful, work as a team, take direction and gain pride in a job well done; these are skills that relate well to many of them seeking employment. The Work Crew program receives referrals from the Circuit and Municipal Courts throughout Columbia County as well as parole and probation staff. Work crews can also be comprised of those residing in Columbia County Transitional Housing who need to work in lieu of paying rent.
The Columbia County Transitional Housing program provides temporary/short-term housing for sentenced offenders who have been released from a corrections facility, or those on parole and probation and who are transitioning within the community and are in need of housing. CCTH is a 20-bed facility which includes a 12 bed men’s house and an eight bed women’s house. Residents at CCTH have an opportunity to demonstrate responsibility and begin to take control of their lives by finding employment, developing a financial plan, attending treatment, securing a residence and reestablishing family relationships. Learning to make different decisions can help residents stay out of the Criminal Justice System and make their life more rewarding.
Pretrial release evaluates whether a defendant is recommended for release from jail while the criminal case is pending. Through the use of validated assessment tools, the Pretrial Services Program (PSP) makes recommendations to the courts by assessing community safety if the defendant is released prior to trial and supervising them in the community to ensure that they appear at scheduled court hearings.