Office of Community Corrections
Appointed by the Kent County Board of Commissioners, the Kent County Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB) is responsible for community corrections planning and policy-making with regards to the community corrections funding received from the Michigan Office of Community Corrections (MOCC). The Kent County CCAB has thirteen members representing a cross-section of criminal justice stakeholders in Kent County. Meeting periodically through the year, CCAB members review and discuss issues pertinent to the criminal justice system in Kent County and how community corrections programming can positively impact these issues. CCAB members also must approve the annual community corrections grant that funds the Kent County Office of Community Corrections.
Current members of the Kent County CCAB:
- CCAB Chairperson – Honorable Donald Johnson
- County Sheriff – Captain Klinton Thorne
- Chief of Police – Chief Dan Steere (City of Grandville)
- District Court Judge – Honorable Jeanine LaVille
- Family Division Judge – Honorable Patricia Gardner
- County Commissioner –Mandy Bolter
- Service Area – Kristin Geitzen (Arbor Circle)
- County Prosecutor – William Forsyth
- Criminal Defense – Christine Tober (Public Defender's Office)
- Business Community – Colonel Shawn Harris
- Communications/Media – open
- Circuit/District Court Probation –Dave Oesch
- General Public - Alecia Lewis
CCAB meetings are open to the public and are generally held quarterly on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am in the 5th Floor Conference Room in the Kent County Courthouse. Although subject to change, the upcoming CCAB meeting dates for 2016 are September 14 and November 9.
Examples of CCAB Subcommittees
Jail Bed Monitoring Committee: This committee meets periodically to monitor judicial utilization of jail beds as outlined in the Jail Bed Allocation Agreement. The agreement, which works as a mechanism that is used to avoid jail overcrowding in Kent County, details the allotment of jail beds at the Kent County Correctional Facility between all Circuit, Family, and District Courts in Kent County.
Alternative Sentencing and Evaluation Committee: This committee meets to discuss and make recommendations regarding the programs that will receive community corrections funding during the fiscal year (October 1 through September 30th). Additionally, the committee works to ensure that the funded programs are providing contracted services in a quality and cost-effective manner so that the community corrections goals and objectives are being met.
Community Reentry Coordinating Council: This committee is comprised of a variety of community stakeholders interested in helping high risk and need offenders make a successful transition back into the community following a period of incarceration at the Kent County Correctional Facility. The group meets every other month to discuss how current services can be improved, what additional services can be offered, how the transition from jail to community can be made seamless and how funding can be sustained for reentry services. Subsets of the larger CRCC committee such as the Programming Committee and the Data and Evaluation Committee meet more frequently to continue the work of the larger committee. Additional stakeholders are asked to participate as services are expanded and additional offender needs are uncovered.