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Indiana Department of Correction

IDOC > Evidence-Based Practice > Information Clearinghouse > Indiana Community Corrections > Supervision-Based Programs Supervision-Based Programs

Supervision-based programs are programs designed to divert individuals from incarcaration by providing alternatives to incarceration and thereby reduce jail overcrowding. They function to support offenders’ continued involvement with the community while closely monitoring offenders’ highly structured activities.

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Home Detention

Home Detention permits offenders to carry on their daily activities (e.g., work; school; health and legal appointments; court-ordered obligations) under close supervision. Offenders stay home at all times except for pre-approved, scheduled absences. Home detention is the second level of home confinement, the first and third levels being curfew and home incarceration. It often is implemented in conjunction with electronic monitoring.

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Electronic Monitoring

Electronic Monitoring involves the use of passive or active supervision systems to ensure offenders’ compliance with set limits on their location, activities, and communications. EM systems range from answering the phone and speaking with a case officer to wearing an electronic device that emits a continuous signal to a home monitoring device.

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Work Release

Work Release allows inmates to maintain employment while living in jail or in a community treatment center. It may be implemented in conjunction with other treatment programs such as substance abuse education.

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Restorative Justice programs

Restorative Justice programs (e.g., VORP) constitute a sentencing alternative which involves the offender and the victim in the resolution of the troubles caused by the offender’s criminal actions. They provide both parties with the opportunity to develop and agree on a plan for restitution.

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Community Service programs

Community Service programs are used as a form of non-incarcerative sanction. They require that offenders work without pay for public or not for-profit corporations, associations, institutions or agencies. They also contribute to support offenders’ rehabilitation. 

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Work Crew/Road Crew programs

Work Crew/Road Crew programs give low-risk offenders the option to work to meet court-ordered requirements such as fines and community service. They are designed to reduce jail overcrowding. 

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Day Reporting programs

Day Reporting programs are designed for offenders who require greater surveillance. They provide close supervision including frequent contact with a case officer, as well as referrals or/and treatment services such as case management, substance abuse treatment, employment and life skills programs. 

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