Bay Area Resource Center Safety Plan
GOAL 1: Provide a Coordinated Approach to Public Safety
- Collaborate with the Department of Corrections, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and the local Police Departments to develop effective communication methods.
- Establish a safe and secure environment for employees, volunteers and participants at the Center.
- Continue to collaborate with local law enforcement officials as they provide services to the local residents, schools, churches and businesses that are located near the Resource Center.
GOAL 2: Implement a Transitional Program for Persons Leaving Prison
- Collaborate with all local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Corrections and service providers to ensure that community support systems are in place for persons exiting prison.
- Invite providers to collaborate on-site. Provide comprehensive case management to concentrate resources on the period immediately following release.
- Case Managers will develop the required community supervision and treatment strategy.
Collaborate with local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Corrections and service providers to
- Maintain continuity of care for persons being released from prison. Case Managers assure sustained engagement in treatment and services. Mental health needs are met.
- Recognize and address the obstacles that ex-offenders face. Obstacles and gaps in services identified. Community Plan to lessen obstacles and improve transition into the community implemented.
- Ensure ex-offenders’ compliance with terms of release. Provide options with a system of accountability.
GOAL 3: Implement methods to divert people who become homeless from incarceration for minor offenses.
- Collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to develop a diversion system. Identify diversion strategies and identify minor offenses to be covered by diversion. Agreement reached on the “who, what and how” of the system to be implemented.
- Collaborate with local law enforcement agencies to implement a diversion system.
- Hire staff to assist law enforcement with services, needs and planning processes.
- Many fewer homeless individuals will be routinely incarcerated. Cost-savings and more appropriate services will be established.
GOAL 4: Advocate for better practices in law enforcement.
- Identify and advocate for new policies and procedures to remove barriers to facilitate rapid re-entry into the community. Persons participate in Resource Center programs & placements without being burdened by legal issues.
- Advocate for frequent and regularly scheduled warrant clearance days for minor offenses.
- Advocate for increased community service in lieu of fines. Advocate for a graduated system of fines. Identify and advocate for new policies and procedures to remove barriers.
- Advocate for a review of the amount and appropriateness of the current bond schedule.