09-22-2005
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September 22, 2005, 11:30 AM
City County Building,
Room 260
Indianapolis, IN  46204

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:  Dave Cook, Advisory Board Chairman; Judge Robert Altice; Leonard Simpson; David Wyser, proxy for Prosecutor Carl Brizzi; Leslie Duvall; Gary Tingle, proxy for Sheriff Frank Anderson; Steve Garner, proxy for Dr. Eugene White; Councillor Patrice Abduallah; Dan Carmin; Judge Marilyn Moores; Judge William Nelson;

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:  Susie Davie; Rondle Brewer; D. Michael Wallman; John von Arx; Jerry McCory, proxy for Mayor Bart Peterson; 

OTHERS PRESENT:  Brian Barton, MCCC; Tiffany Clark, MCCC; Bill Dishman, MCCC; Tara Allen, MCCC; Dwayne Engram, MCCC; Chris Ball, Probation; Kevin Riley, Probation; Stephanie Roth, Office of Corporate Council; Cathy Wolter, Office of Corporate Council; Tim Campbell, VOA;  Steve Runyon, VOA; Olgen Williams, Christamore House; Lloyd Bridges, Riverside; Lori Goins, Riverside; T.J. Allen, DOC; Khadijah Muhammad, DOC; Jim Hmurovich;

With a quorum present, Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook called the meeting to order at 11:40 AM.
 

APPROVAL OF BOARD MINUTES

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook asked for a motion to approve the Board minutes from the August 11, 2005 Board Meeting.

The motion was moved and seconded and the August 11, 2005 Board minutes were Board approved.
 

APPROVAL OF THE WORK RELEASE CENTER LEASE

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook recognized Brian Barton as he discussed the work release center lease.  Brian informed the Board that the lease had not been approved by the Office of Corporate Council and therefore could not be presented to the Board for approval.  Brian encouraged the Board members to convey the importance of a timely negotiation of the work release center lease to the Office of Corporate Council.  Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook recognized Stephanie Roth of the Office of Corporate Council.  Ms. Roth assured the Board that she was aware of the time sensitive work release center lease and that she was making every effort to present the Board with a completed lease as soon as possible.  Ms. Roth also informed the Board that Cathy Wolter of the Office of Corporate Council would be assuming the responsibility of negotiating the lease.  Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook deferred the floor to Brian Barton.  Brian requested that Stephanie Roth continue to act as the lead attorney in the negotiation phase of the work release center lease.  Ms. Roth indicated that she would continue her efforts until the lease was approved and signed by all parties.

Questions and answers ensued regarding the work release center lease.

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook asked for a motion to table the approval of the work release center lease to the next Advisory Board meeting scheduled for October 13, 2005. 

The motion was moved and seconded and the tabling of the work release center lease to the next Advisory Board meeting scheduled for October 13, 2005 was Board approved.
 

APPROVAL OF THE GPS SUPERVISION OF PAROLEE SEX OFFENDERS PILOT PROGRAM

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook recognized Brian Barton as he discussed the GPS Supervision of Parolee Sex Offenders Pilot Program.  Brian informed the Board that ninety percent (90%) of all individuals that enter prison eventually come back to communities and neighborhoods.  One group of offenders that requires additional supervision is sex offenders.  For years, Community Corrections agencies and the Indiana Department of Parole officials have had little or no interaction with regard to the offenders in our communities.  Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) officials suggested that Community Corrections and Parole collaborate and assist each other in the supervision of offenders in the community.  As a result, DOC and Marion County Community Corrections (MCCC) proposes the first joint pilot program of supervising parolee sex offenders utilizing GPS technology. The proposal would be for DOC to provide funds for MCCC to supervise fifty (50) plus sex offender parolees with both GPS and home detention officers in the field.  DOC would fund the cost of leasing the GPS units and provide MCCC with funds to hire two (2) additional field officers to monitor the caseload.  The funding is based on a daily per diem of $13.00 a day per sex offender. 

Brian continued by informing the Board that as an added feature to the GPS and field supervision of sex offenders in the community, MCCC's vendor has a program called Crime Tax.  Crime Tax is a program allowing law enforcement officials to provide crime data to MCCC's GPS vendor and that data is correlated with the movement of offenders on GPS.  Crime Tax will automatically extract crime data from law enforcement agencies each day and then correlate the exact location and time of reported crimes to all offenders' movements.  If there were an intersection of a crime event with an offender on GPS, a report would be sent to MCCC and local law enforcement agencies.

Questions and answers ensued regarding the GPS Supervision of Parolee Sex Offenders Pilot Program.

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook asked for a motion to approve the GPS Supervision of Parolee Sex Offenders Pilot Program. 

The motion was moved and seconded and the GPS Supervision of Parolee Sex Offenders Pilot Program was Board approved as submitted.
 

APPROVAL OF THE DELAWARE YOUTH CENTER REHABILIATION

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook recognized Brian Barton as he discussed the Delaware Youth Center (DYC).  As of July 1, 2005, MCCC has supervised juveniles for the first time in the agency's history.  One of the goals of the criminal justice professionals and elected leaders is to redesign the juvenile justice system with the intent to supervise and treat our youth locally as oppose to sending them to DOC.  The DYC is located at the 2400 block of Delaware Street and is a two-story building that is approximately 10,000 square feet.  The DYC was being used as an overflow facility for the Juvenile Detention Center and housed juvenile males.  It was operated by the Juvenile Court-Probation Agency.  Recently, the DYC was closed due to its state of disrepair and after several safety concerns were brought forth by a national juvenile expert.   MCCC, working with the Building Authority, had a local architecture company review the DYC to determine what it would take to bring the facility up to a standard where juveniles could be housed.  The Building Authority determined that funding in the amount of $598,135.88 is required for the first year of rehab for the DYC.  Additional expenditures in the amount of $124,946.58 would be realized in the second year of the project.  MCCC will be seeking funds from DOC to assist with the operational funding of the DYC.  MCCC will also seek Medicaid reimbursement for operational and programming needs since the DYC will be a staff-secured facility.  MCCC is seeking Board approval of the concept of rehabbing the DYC for a Juvenile Residential Facility once MCCC has obtained the necessary operational and program funding.  MCCC also proposes that surplus funds from MCCC's Home Detention account be used to rehab the DYC once operational funding is secure.  The Board will be presented with a progress report regarding the DYC rehabilitation project at the December 13, 2005 Board meeting.

Questions and answers ensued regarding the rehabbing of the Delaware Youth Center.

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook asked for a motion to approve the concept of rehabbing the Delaware Youth Center.

The motion was moved and seconded and the concept to rehabbing the Delaware Youth Center was Board approved as submitted.
 

APPROVAL OF THE JUVENILE TRANSITION GRANT PROPOSAL

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook recognized Brian Barton as he discussed the Juvenile Transition Grant Proposal.  The Juvenile Transition Grant Proposal is intended to make the release of a child from DOC more manageable and safer for the community.  Approximately four to five months prior to release, the service provider and DOC staff will develop a case plan which will include educational needs of the youth and individual and family counseling during incarceration as well as home-based services upon release.  At the time of disposition, the Court will order that the youth is to participate in the Juvenile Community Transition Program upon release.  The parents will also be ordered to participate in home-based services while the youth is incarcerated.  The Marion Superior Court Probation Department will monitor this program which in general will have services provided by community based agencies.  The annual cost of the Juvenile Transition Grant Proposal is $886,687. 

Questions and answers ensued regarding the Juvenile Transition Grant Proposal.

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook asked for a motion to approve the Juvenile Transition Grant Proposal.

The motion was moved and seconded and the Juvenile Transition Grant Proposal was Board Approved as submitted.
 

APPROVAL OF JUVENILE HOME DETENTION SUPERVISION LEVELS

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook recognized Brian Barton as he discussed the Juvenile Home Detention Supervision Levels.  MCCC assumed the supervision of juvenile home detention July 1, 2005.  During the transition, a review of all existing supervision levels was performed.  Currently, Juvenile Probation has three (3) levels of supervision:  informal home detention, formal home detention, and electronic monitoring.  MCCC recommends revisions to the levels of supervision of juvenile offenders to maintain MCCC's definition of home detention in addition to addressing the concern over the lack of involvement by the agency.  The past practice of Juvenile Probation of informal home detention relied on parental supervision with no staff involvement.  MCCC believes that all parents should be involved in the supervision of their children in addition to MCCC, who is responsible for their care and custody.  As a result, MCCC proposes two (2) levels of juvenile supervision, house arrest and home detention.  These two levels of supervision would provide the appropriate amount of supervision that includes the involvement of both the parents and MCCC. 

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook deferred the floor to Judge Marilyn Moores.  Judge Moores informed the Board that she supports MCCC's proposal of implementing two (2) levels of juvenile supervision, house arrest and home detention.

Questions and answers ensued regarding the Juvenile Home Detention Supervision Levels.

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook asked for a motion to approve the Juvenile Home Detention Supervision Levels as proposed by MCCC.

The motion was moved and seconded and the Juvenile Home Detention Supervision Levels as proposed by MCCC were Board approved as submitted.
 

APPROVAL OF SCRAM EQUIPMENT LEASE

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cook recognized Brian Barton as he discussed the SCRAM equipment lease.  Over the past several months, MCCC management has experienced problems maintaining sufficient amount of SCRAM units to keep pace with the growth of the program.  At

the August 2005 Board meeting, the Board empowered the Executive Director of MCCC the authority to lease up to two hundred (200) SCRAM units.  As of date, MCCC has reached its limit and has approximately twenty (20) units available for the hook up of offenders to the program.  The SCRAM program has experienced a forty (40%) percent growth over a three (3) month period.  This growth was prior to Prosecutors Brizzi's new policy regarding SCRAM.  MCCC anticipates continued growth in the SCRAM program in the immediate future.   MCCC is requesting that the Executive Director of MCCC be empowered to lease up to three hundred (300) SCRAM units on an as needed basis for an additional one hundred (100) units.

Questions and answers ensued regarding the leasing of additional SCRAM units.

Advisory Board Chairman Dave Cooked asked for a motion to empower the Executive Director of MCCC the authority to lease up to three hundred (300) SCRAM units.

The motion was moved and seconded and the empowerment of the Executive Director of MCCC the authority to lease up to three hundred (300) SCRAM units was Board approved. 

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting was adjourned at 12:55 PM.