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Marion County Community Corrections was established by local ordinance in 1983, following the passage of the Community Corrections statute by the Indiana state legislature and started operation in November of that year.

Community Corrections had 2 main objectives when it was first established: First and foremost, relieve overcrowding at the state level by diverting offenders from commitments to the Indiana Department of Correction and, second to encourage and enhance coordination of local correctional efforts.

Each year, Marion County submits a grant request to the Indiana Department of Correction asking for funding for programs to accomplish the above-stated objectives. The primary programs that the Department of Correction has funded have been our residential/work release component and our home detention/electronic monitoring component.

It began with three components which were jail/corrections, work release and home detention components. Over the years, MCCC has eliminated the jail/corrections component, expanded upon the original components of work release and electronic monitoring, and developed new community based corrections programs which provide effective supervision for offenders being diverted from state and local incarceration. The agency currently serves over 5,000 clients via electronic monitoring annually, and over 2,000 clients via work release, on an annual basis, while employing approximately 65 staff members. Employment assistance and readiness programming are available in-house, as are pre-GED classes, pre-release planning, Parenting, Anger Management, and Thinking For a Change.

The Marion County Community Corrections Advisory Board is comprised of a broad spectrum of individuals. They include the Mayor, the Sheriff, the Prosecutor, the Director of the County Welfare Office, a judge with criminal jurisdiction, the Chief Public Defender, an educational administrator, a mental health administrator, a private correctional facility representative, a victim representative, an ex-offender, and 4 lay persons. The group sets policy for the agency and approves all applications for grant funds submitted to the Department of Correction.