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Community Corrections Officer
The fundamental reason this job exists is to identify and monitor offenders placed into community corrections programs, monitor and track the population of the Montgomery County Detention Facility and to secure alternative releases for targeted populations. The essential functions are: researches possible alternative releases for post-trial offenders; supervises/monitors misdemeanor and felony offenders and pre-trial population individual participating in community corrections programs; reports progress of offenders; performs administrative duties; performs law enforcement duties in conjunction with monitoring offender activities; prepares reports and documentation; and manages the expedited docket. The Community Corrections Officer reports directly to the Assistant Director of Community Corrections.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Researches possible alternative releases such as bond reduction, release on Pre-trial Program, Community service, and release on own recognizance, and/or electronic monitors for post-trial offenders using a computer in order to reduce the number of individuals incarcerated in the County Detention Facility.

Initiates possible alternative releases for targeted populations by working with judges and making recommendations regarding the status and disposition of offenders.
Interviews potential candidates in order to make an assessment for alternative release.
Determines if offender/inmate meets criteria for community corrections programs.
Contacts detention facility to get an update of which offenders have been released or admitted.
Reviews offender/inmate files and other pertinent information/resources to identify potential candidates for alternative release programs.
Determines if bond amount is within the range set by the Rules of the Court.
Determines the inmate's financial status, position in the community, job status, etc. in order to make an assessment regarding the potential for alternative release programs such as bond reduction or release on own recognizance.
Constructs new case files; files and retrieves documents; prepares documents for storage, maintains current records, and maintains an organized filing system and work area.
Reviews and informs courts, attorneys, and probation officers of inmate commitment status.
Prepares a report or summary for the judge regarding each candidate for alternative release making recommendations based on research and findings.
Appears in court at all hearings for alternative release recommendations to provide information as needed.
Assesses offenders for appropriate placement in order to identify participants for community service projects and makes recommendations to the court.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Supervises/Monitors misdemeanor and felony offenders, Pre-trial population individuals participating in community corrections programs using phones, hand-held portable two-way radios, court documents, county vehicles, personal restraint devices, PCs and department forms and reports following court orders in order to supervise offenders and manage caseloads, ensure court-ordered conditions of release are complied with and assist offenders with problems including drug and alcohol abuse, financial, marriage, employer employment issues, education, and legal problems in order to assist in the supervision of clients.

Monitors the status of current community corrections projects.
Performs risk needs assessment of new offenders.
Designs, implements, and modifies case plans for offenders.
Handles crisis situations concerning clients/offenders or their families.
Consults with and refers offenders to social services.
Facilitates and/or co-facilitates educational treatment groups.
Approves client travel outside district boundaries and complies with the Court Ordered provisions for out of state travel.
Instructs offenders regarding the rules, regulations and purpose of probation.
Supervises misdemeanor cases (e.g., traffic probation, domestic violence, possession of substances or paraphernalia, restitution, NWNI-bad checks) on probation for the District Court in order to ensure compliance with court-ordered probation.
Supervises felony cases (e.g., domestic violence, target cases, weapons charges, drug charges, theft cases, etc.) on probation for the District or Circuit Court in order to ensure compliance with court-ordered probation.
Administers drug tests to probationers, and other community corrections offenders, and others referred to the Community Corrections Department to determine suitability for placement and to check for compliance with court orders.
Identifies appropriate services and makes referrals to outside agencies to include residential and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, education, job training, mental health and employment.
Meets with pre-release individuals in order to obtain signatures on proper paperwork, verify conditions of release are being met, and remind them of court dates.
Contacts and/or transports individuals to the court if court hearings are not attended.
Serves court papers such as warrants and subpoenas.
Makes field/home contacts to include verifying employment and residence by contacting relatives, employers and others in order to ensure compliance with maintaining suitable residency and compliance with court-ordered programs.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reports progress of offenders and provides offender information concerning court-ordered community service projects and procedures in order to ensure the Courts and Community Correction Director are informed of community service participant's progress and provide the client information concerning court-ordered activities and procedures.

Writes violation, post-sentencing, and court reports and modification orders.
Notifies court of probation violations.
Recommends sanctions and/or interventions due to violations.
Coordinates with courts to determine the types of non-compliance that are grounds for executing an arrest.
Notifies court authorities of violations.
Reports Community Corrections project status to court and other community corrections personnel including the Director, Case Managers, and other Community Corrections employees.
Reports violations of court conditions to the appropriate court.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Performs administrative duties associated with community service programs using personal computers, court orders, and county forms in order to ensure accurate record keeping and fee collection, coordinate public relations activities with the community regarding community service programs and ensure completion of proper forms or documentation.

Constructs new case management files, files and retrieves documents, prepares documents for storage, maintains current records, maintains an organized filing system, and maintains current electronic data.
Conducts staff training.
Monitors and/or collects court-ordered monies such as restitution payments, supervision fees, court costs, etc.
Completes administrative forms such as leave, travel, vouchers and statistical forms to document activities.
Prepares documents for copying and/or storage.
Collects and/or monitors restitution payments, program supervision fees, court costs, child support, or other court-ordered monies.
Completes administrative forms such as leave, travel and vouchers.
Prepares reports and maintains statistics on community service projects.
Makes presentations to local, private and government agencies on community service programs in order to encourage participation in community service projects.
Contacts local government and private agencies and organizations to develop community service projects.
Develops rules, procedures and documentation methods for all community service assignments, assessments, monitoring, and developing of projects.
Works with offenders assigned to Community Corrections to secure employment.
Assesses/evaluates community corrections programs to determine if the needs of the program are being met and if participants are fulfilling their requirements.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (APOST Certified Officer) Performs law enforcement duties in conjunction with monitoring offender activities in order to investigate, document, and alter client case plan, if necessary.

Communicates and cooperates with law enforcement agencies in investigating new or continuing criminal activity.
Investigates supervision violations.
Checks resources, such as NCIC, LET'S and AOC for criminal activity.
Makes field arrests when violations are committed that require arrest warrants.
Conducts searches of persons and property and secures evidence.
Conducts limited surveillance activities and requests warrants.
Observes and/or restricts personal associations of offenders.
Checks/verifies residences, community resources and other areas to establish offender's' activities.
Serves court papers such as warrants and subpoenas.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Prepares reports and documentation for the Executive Director, County Administrator, County Commission, County Sheriff and other officials in order to report the status of the program and provide statistical data regarding facility population.

Completes reports for the Executive Director regarding the number of offenders released on reduced bonds, Pre-trial Release, and electronic monitor using information gathered during research and the results of court hearings.
Completes reports for the Executive Director regarding the number of offenders considered and interviewed for the program using information gathered during research.
Completes report for the Executive Director regarding all non-adjudicated offenders incarcerated in excess of 90 days, the charge, the status, and any reasons for the non-release on "ROR" using information gathered during research and from the County Detention Facility.
Completes reports for the Executive Director regarding the number of defendants seen, their compliance with program requirements, and their status.
Completes field contact reports and enters information into PC.
Completes incident/offense reports to document activities which may lead to an arrest.
Completes violation reports to document violations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Manages the expedited docket using court dockets, case files, and PCs in order to expedite those cases that can be resolved quickly and ensure the Detention Facility population is not populated with low-bond non-violent offenders eligible for Pre-Trial Release.

Schedules matters to appear before the court in compliance with legal codes and court policies.
Prepares Court calendars (dockets) for expedited dockets.
Reviews dockets and/or case files and makes necessary corrections and entries to ensure proper completion.
Prepares case files for Court sessions ensuring appropriate documentation.
Advises and maintains contact with prosecutors, attorneys and law enforcement personnel concerning case status.
Operates a computer to enter dockets and other court proceedings and retrieve information as needed by the court.
Attends all sessions on the docket as required.
Knowledge of community service agencies in the local area as needed to match offender populations with programs designed to meet community needs.

Knowledge of alternative sentencing such as community service, bond reduction, release on own recognizance, and electronic monitoring as needed to match appropriate alternatives with specific case histories, ensure alternative sentences are determined and carried out properly and to reduce the number of incarcerated offenders in the Montgomery County Detention Facility.

Knowledge of legal terminology as needed to conduct research, interact with judges, officers of the court, offenders, offenders, etc. and complete reports.

Knowledge of specific charges and corresponding court (i.e., district, circuit, juvenile, and domestic relations) handling type of charge in order to complete reports and research court dates.

Knowledge of State of Alabama Criminal Code Title 13A and Title 15-18-170 to include degrees of charges, amount of bond associated with charges, charge codes, maximum sentence times, definition of time and accepted interpretation as needed to explain charges and bonds to offenders, inform other law enforcement officials of code-related information, and assist offenders when interacting with court officials.

Knowledge of the classification of crimes such as felonies, misdemeanors, and violations as needed to conduct research for possible alternative releases.

Knowledge of intermediate punishment options as needed to provide alternatives to jail incarceration.

Knowledge of caseload management procedures as needed to supervise and monitor offenders.

Knowledge of the geography of the City and County of Montgomery as needed to travel to locations, conduct field contacts, and provide probationers with directions to various locations.

Knowledge of other city municipalities and law enforcement agencies and their functions as needed to obtain assistance in supervising probationers.

Knowledge of the operation of Court and court processing activity as needed to prepare and manage the expedited docket.

Knowledge of arrest procedures as need to effect arrests on violators.

Ability to match offenders assigned to Montgomery County Community Corrections to appropriate community service projects based on the participant's history, charges, and capabilities.

Ability to assess individuals in the court system for their ability to work on community service projects as needed to identify those offenders for community service projects.

Ability to evaluate community service projects as needed to ensure projects are meeting the established requirements and the needs of the local organization.

Ability to exhibit the appropriate level of firmness in dealing with offenders.

Ability to interact with others to include courtesy, tact and diplomacy as needed to provide/gather information, assign and follow up on work duties, and establish effective working relationships.

Ability to interact with individuals from varying socio-economic and cultural backgrounds to include the ability to recognize commonly used slang terms as needed to explain information to offenders or the general public and encourage or enforce offender compliance with procedures.

Ability to add and subtract as needed to process restitution and supervision fees and calculate the number of offenders and prepare reports for the Executive Director, process and calculate community service project statistics, and prepare reports.

Ability to establish priorities, set deadlines, and develop work schedules and guidelines for completion of projects.

Ability to promote positive relations with local, private and government entities as needed to identify and develop community service programs, encourage and persuade local organizations to identify and participate in community service projects.

Ability to organize workload of multiple community corrections program participants and projects operating at various stages in progress as needed to maintain the status of all programs, document and report the status of projects.

Ability to research and develop community corrections programs to identify and develop projects for the community that can be performed by Montgomery County Community Corrections offenders.

Ability to perform database management of case file records as needed to create, document and update case management information into databases.

Ability to utilize computer software to include developing spreadsheets and utilizing word processing packages.

Ability to serve court papers as needed to ensure proper procedures are followed.

Ability to supervise and monitor Pre-trial individuals as needed to ensure they individuals comply with court-ordered conditions and ensure they individuals remain out of the court system.

If hired as an APOST Officer, ability to remain current on POST Certification requirements.

Ability to operate standard office equipment including word processors computer terminals, typewriters, telephones, printers, adding machines, calculators, copiers and two-way radio.

Ability to follow written and oral instructions from supervisors and judges.

Ability to state and explain policies, procedures and problems in such a way as to enlist support, compliance and acceptance by offenders.

Ability to include the proper amount of detail in documentation as needed to ensure that all necessary information is provided to reader.

Ability to organize facts and present them in the most appropriate and logical order, consistent with the purpose of the written document.

Ability to identify and choose appropriate decisions from a variety of alternate choices as needed to prioritize work duties and determine appropriate actions to take in situations.

Ability to determine whether sufficient facts are presented to support a recommended action.

Ability to analyze situations thoroughly, identify potential problems, and find effective solutions.

Ability to collect, evaluate, and analyze data and information as needed to conduct research and make determinations regarding the potential for alternative release.

Ability to extract and summarize information from laws, ordinances, correspondence, etc. as needed to understand assignments and changes in policy and perform new procedures.
Ability to obtain facts and information by using interviewing skills and techniques.

Ability to communicate in writing so that information flows logically and conveys the appropriate message as needed to provide information to the court regarding the progress of offenders.

Ability to communicate verbally so that information flows logically and conveys the appropriate message for the target audience as needed to provide guidance to clients and participating agencies, share information with the court and community corrections co-workers and supervisors, communicate technical concepts and information in non-technical/lay terms and ensure the listener's attention and understanding.

Ability to read and comprehend legal documents such as memos, laws, correspondence, and written orders, subpoenas, affidavits, bond information, indictments, extradition papers, tax assessment sheets, custody papers, and transcripts to include the ability to recognize criminal charges, legal terminology, and the intent of the document as needed to explain and process legal documents, ensure work activities are accomplished according to policy and procedure and exchange or acquire information.

Ability to use bilingual skills (Spanish and/or Korean) as needed to communicate information to offenders or the general public and encourage or enforce offender compliance with procedures.
Bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, criminal justice, criminology, counseling, psychology, sociology or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. One year of experience working in an attorney's, judge's office or sheriff's office, correctional facility, probation or Community Corrections department or other qualifying court-related experience. Some positions in this job class require current Certification as a Police Officer by the Alabama Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC). Preference may be given to qualified applicants who are APOSTC certified.
Must have a valid Alabama Driver's License or have the ability to acquire one at the time of employment. NOTE: If the open position requires APOST Certification, applicants must either have a current APOST Peace Officer Certification OR must obtain APOST Certification within 16 months after the date of hire. (Academy fees are paid by the employer)
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