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Welcome to Community Corrections

43565 Elizabeth Road
Mount Clemens, Michigan 48043
Phone: (586) 307-9443
Fax: (586) 469-6436


Mission Statement

Macomb County Community Corrections mission is to provide effective, local, community-based alternatives to incarceration that promote public safety, hold offenders accountable, and improve their ability to live lawfully and productively in the community.

Macomb County Community Corrections is a community based sanction and rehabilitative program aimed at relieving prison and jail overcrowding through Court-approved sentencing alternatives.  Non-violent offenders are placed into community sanctions, rather than in jail or prison, to free up corrections space for more serious offenders. Rehabilitative and monitoring options include substance abuse inpatient and outpatient treatment, monitoring services, substance use testing, community service work, cognitive programming and pre-trial release supervision.

The Community Corrections Program in Michigan began as a response to an increasing prison population and the associated costs being experienced by Michigan in the late 1980s. Michigan legislators passed Public Act 511, better known as the Community Corrections Act, in 1988 as a response to the growth in the prison commitment rate.  The Office of Community Alternatives/Community Corrections, within the Michigan Department of Corrections, administers Public Act 511. The goal of the Act is to reduce prison commitments through a State grant programs for community-based sanctions and services.   The Office of Community Alternatives (OCA) works in cooperation with local governments to reduce admissions to prison, improve local jail utilization, improve rehabilitative services to offenders and strengthen offender accountability.

Local governments apply for grants by establishing community corrections advisory boards which develop comprehensive corrections plans. The plans identify local policies and practices, as well as programs and services which will help achieve their goals.

OCA requires each community corrections advisory board to identify linkages with the local Substance Abuse Coordinating Agency, the local community health departments, and other agencies to help provide cost-effective and non-duplicated services to offenders.

The State Community Corrections Board reviews the local comprehensive community corrections plans and applications then makes recommendations to the director of the MDOC. The director then makes the final grant award decision. 

Grants are awarded to help support services such as substance-abuse treatment, and provide residential programs for certain types of offenders. Cognitive programming is frequently a part of treatment programming in the community.  Most of the offenders enrolled in treatment-type programs are sentenced felons. Offenders with higher sentencing guideline scores, probation violators and those who have convictions for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol account for increasing proportions of new enrollees in residential programs. Misdemeanants account for the majority of enrollments in pretrial monitoring, substance use testing and community service programs.

Through the work and activities by the Macomb County Community Corrections staff, Community Corrections Advisory Board members, the Sheriff’s Office, the County Administration and local County agencies:

Macomb County has demonstrated its ability to maintain a prison commitment rate (PCR) significantly below the state average for more than ten years.   Macomb County has witnessed a decrease in its prison commitment rate from a high of 17.6% in 1999 to 13.3% for 2011.  While the total Circuit Court dispositions have increased over 60%, from 2694 in 1999 to 4349 in 2011. In addition, Macomb County has not had to declare an official jail overcrowding emergency since 2008.

The Macomb County Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB) has been successful in receiving funding from the State since 1991.  Since then, the CCAB has developed strong collaboration and support from all parts of the criminal justice system in the County. The comprehensive plan is reviewed each year to ensure the effectiveness of existing programs, as well as to create new programs as needed.


The target population. . .

Macomb County Community Corrections is designed to deal with non-violent, non-assaultive felons and misdemeanants. The screening process for all referrals includes criminal history, jail behavior, ties to the community, employment and educational history, medical and substance abuse background, and the ability of Community Corrections staff to monitor the individual in a community setting.

Participants in Community Corrections must be diversions from jail or prison.

The programs. . .

The substance abuse program screens, assesses and develops treatment plans for sentenced and pre-sentenced offenders with substance use problems. Offenders may be court-ordered to residential treatment, outpatient or intensive outpatient services. Residential placements may require a waiting period, due to bed availability and funding limitations.

The felony urinalysis program, provided at locations in Macomb County, provides frequent, random substance use testing for felony probationers to determine if they are remaining free of drugs and alcohol.

The drc program, also available at sites in Macomb County, provides weekday monitoring of offenders. Misdemeanor offenders and those on conditional bond may be considered for Court-ordered substance use testing and tether.

The residential services (RS) program
, located at different treatment facilities, provides up to 90 days of residential substance use treatment for felony probationers and felony probation violators.   Other residential services are also available for those that are not eligible for the RS beds.

The community service program provides free labor to non-profit community organizations, so that offenders can repay society and develop sound work habits

The cognitive restructuring treatment program provides a 16 week outpatient treatment program -- that re-trains offenders to develop non-criminal ways of successfully dealing with and responding to the events in their lives. There is also an eight week intensive cognitive program available for inmates in the jail..

The pre-trial services program offers bond reviews at Court request and may monitor pretrial offenders released from incarceration pending their Court appearance.

The dual diagnosis/mental health program provides placement and case management that includes residential treatment, outpatient treatment services and substance use testing to dually diagnosed offenders.  Funding is also available for short term needs while the offender is connected with community resources.  Their primary diagnosis is substance abuse, with a secondary mental health diagnosis.

Other- referrals to local resources are provided to offenders by Community Corrections staff based on individual risk and needs.

The process. . .

Macomb County Community Corrections accepts referrals from any source. To get more information call (586) 307-9443 Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM. Staff will review each referral and, where appropriate, develop an individualized treatment plan to be forwarded to the Court for consideration.

To request a review for possible services:                       Community Corrections Referral Form


Community Corrections Public Act 511 of the State of Michigan

            Click below link for the:

State Office of Community Corrections 2013 Biannual Report

2013 Justice Assistance Grant (JAG)

Funding. . .

Macomb County Community Corrections is funded through grants from the Michigan Department of Corrections / Office of Community Alternatives-Community Corrections, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the County of Macomb.  Offenders participating in urinalysis programs are expected to pay a portion of their testing costs.




Following is the schedule of Community Corrections Advisory Board meetings to be held in 2014:

January 15, 2014

April 16, 2014

July 16, 2014

October 15, 2014

All meetings are scheduled on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

in the Court Administrator’s Conference Room on the 5th Floor of the Macomb County Circuit Court Building

(unless otherwise posted).



Barbara Caskey, L.M.S.W.

Assistant Director
Linda Verville, M.S.A

Clinical Manager
Patricia Mazzola, L.M.S.W, C.A.A.D.C.

Pretrial Specialists/Screeners
Taylor Hartz , B.A.,
Stacie Newberry, B.A., C.P.S.P.
Pamela Tudor, B.S., C.P.S.P.

Community Service/MARCH
Lisa Bingham, B.A.

Substance Abuse Clinicians
Robert Awe, B.S.
Heather Dann, B.S.
Joyce Furno, B.S.

Alcohol Intensive Monitoring (AIM) Clinician
Janelle Mancini , M.S., F.A.O.D.P.

Mental Health/Dual Diagnosis Clinician

Dorothy Harmon, L.L.B.S.W., C.A.D.C.-M

CRP Therapist

Julie Ann Szymanski, B.S., C.H.E.S.

Administrative Support
Nancy Lesperance
Mania Majewski

Macomb County Community Corrections
Advisory Board

Appointed by the County Executive, the Macomb County Community Corrections Advisory Board (CCAB) is responsible for planning and policy-making with regards to the community corrections funding received from the Michigan Office of Community Alternatives/Community Corrections.  The Macomb County CCAB has thirteen members representing stakeholders from within the county’s criminal justice system. Meeting through the year, CCAB members review and discuss issues pertinent to the criminal justice system in the county and how community corrections programming can effectively address these issues.


Judge Peter Maceroni, Chair

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, Vice-Chair

Grace Shore, Macomb Chamber of Commerce

Judge Joseph Oster

Judge John Bruff

Judge Carl Marlinga

Erin Smith, Probation/Parole Area Mgr.

Chief Fred Posavetz

Prosecutor Eric Smith

Randy O'Brien, MCOSA

Stephen Rabaut, Defense Attorney

James Carabelli, Commissioner

Richard Kelley, Executive Editor Macomb Daily

Links to other Community Corrections Sites:

Michigan's Office of Community Corrections
Bay County Community Corrections
Ingham County Community Corrections
Kalamazoo County Community Corrections
Kent County Community Corrections

Oakland County Community Corrections
Roscommon County Community Corrections
Washtenaw County Community Corrections
Wayne County Community Corrections

Working in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Corrections
and the Macomb County Sheriff's Office.




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