217.777.  Community corrections program alternative for eligible offenders, purpose — operation — rules. — 1.  The department shall administer a community corrections program to encourage the establishment of local sentencing alternatives for offenders to:

Terms Used In Missouri Laws 217.777

  • Board: the board of probation and parole. See Missouri Laws 217.010
  • Department: the department of corrections of the state of Missouri. See Missouri Laws 217.010
  • following: when used by way of reference to any section of the statutes, mean the section next preceding or next following that in which the reference is made, unless some other section is expressly designated in the reference. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Local volunteer community board: a board of qualified local community volunteers selected by the court for the purpose of working in partnership with the court and the department of corrections in a reparative probation program. See Missouri Laws 217.010
  • Offender: a person under supervision or an inmate in the custody of the department. See Missouri Laws 217.010
  • Probation: a procedure under which a defendant found guilty of a crime upon verdict or plea is released by the court without imprisonment, subject to conditions imposed by the court and subject to the supervision of the board. See Missouri Laws 217.010
  • State: when applied to any of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the territories, and the words "United States" includes such district and territories. See Missouri Laws 1.020
  • Volunteer: any person who, of his own free will, performs any assigned duties for the department or its divisions with no monetary or material compensation. See Missouri Laws 217.010

 (1)  Promote accountability of offenders to crime victims, local communities and the state by providing increased opportunities for offenders to make restitution to victims of crime through financial reimbursement or community service;

 (2)  Ensure that victims of crime are included in meaningful ways in Missouri’s response to crime;

 (3)  Provide structured opportunities for local communities to determine effective local sentencing options to assure that individual community programs are specifically designed to meet local needs;

 (4)  Reduce the cost of punishment, supervision and treatment significantly below the annual per-offender cost of confinement within the traditional prison system;

 (5)  Utilize community supervision centers to effectively respond to violations and prevent revocations; and

 (6)  Improve public confidence in the criminal justice system by involving the public in the development of community-based sentencing options for eligible offenders.

 2.  The program shall be designed to implement and operate community-based restorative justice projects including, but not limited to: preventive or diversionary programs, community-based intensive probation and parole services, community-based treatment centers, day reporting centers, and the operation of facilities for the detention, confinement, care and treatment of adults under the purview of this chapter.

 3.  The department shall promulgate rules and regulations for operation of the program established pursuant to this section as provided for in section 217.040 and chapter 536.

 4.  Any proposed program or strategy created pursuant to this section shall be developed after identification of a need in the community for such programs, through consultation with representatives of the general public, judiciary, law enforcement and defense and prosecution bar.

 5.  In communities where local volunteer community boards are established at the request of the court, the following guidelines apply:

 (1)  The department shall provide a program of training to eligible volunteers and develop specific conditions of a probation program and conditions of probation for offenders referred to it by the court.  Such conditions, as established by the community boards and the department, may include compensation and restitution to the community and the victim by fines, fees, day fines, victim-offender mediation, participation in victim impact panels, community service, or a combination of the aforementioned conditions;

 (2)  The term of probation shall not exceed five years and may be concluded by the court when conditions imposed are met to the satisfaction of the local volunteer community board.

 6.  The department may staff programs created pursuant to this section with employees of the department or may contract with other public or private agencies for delivery of services as otherwise provided by law.