To support and expand the use of community sanctions in order to provide rehabilitation opportunities for Kent County offenders; promote the efficient use of jail/prison beds while protecting public safety; and examine the causes of repeated criminal behavior while facilitating collaboration among stakeholders and service providers.
The Office of Community Corrections (OCC) seeks to limit state prison commitments for County offenders and prevent local correctional facility overcrowding with probation and intermediate sentencing alternatives; with information and data analysis; and with public education. The Office also coordinates and facilitates the collaborative process to develop the Jail Bed Allocation Agreement. Planning and policy-making is directed by the Kent County Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB).
Probation residential centers (PRCs) provide intensive community supervision for high-risk felony offenders. The PRCs funded by the Michigan Office of Community Alernatives(MOCA) in Kent County are Alternative Directions and Pine Rest.
Intermediate sentencing alternatives offered through Community Corrections include community service, employment and training, intensive supervision, mental health counseling, pretrial supervision, substance abuse treatment, a variety of 24-hour structured non-core services, and jail-based programming.
The Office is a grant agency funded primarily by the State of Michigan. Funding depends upon state approval of the budget, following a lengthy application process.
Kent County Courthouse
180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Suite 2100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm