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The Salvation Army has been operating the Misdemeanor Program in Duval County since 1975. The Salvation Army Correctional Services is fulfilling its mission to provide for those in need, including those in conflict with the legal system by effectively managing programs that rebuild lives. Our Correctional Services program utilizes the programs within our network to help provide a more holistic approach to the client, including short-term housing, food vouchers, rent subsidies, utility assistance, holiday program, clothing, furniture, prescriptions, employment and transportation.
The Salvation Army Correctional Services program operates at no cost to taxpayers and averages between $200.000-$250,000 in restitution payments to victims in Duval County each year.
The men and women who have been court-ordered to report to Salvation Army Correctional Services case counselors must keep regularly scheduled appointments for a period of three to twelve months to discuss their probation cases and their living and employment situations as a condition of their probation.
Clients may be on probation for any of a number of non-felony offenses, from driving under the influence to issuing bad checks. In addition to paying a monthly fee for the cost of supervising their cases, clients may also be required to pay restitution to The Salvation Army on behalf of their victims. The Salvation Army Correctional Services case manager is trained in techniques that ensure contact with the client therefore creating a positive mentoring relationship. This relationship quite often extends past the completion of probation providing the client with a continued resource in the community. It is our goal to teach our clients to become a productive members of the community.
Another component of The Salvation Army’s Correctional Services program is our Batterer’s Intervention Program, a 26-week curriculum serving men in Duval County who have been court-ordered to complete the program as a result of a conviction for domestic violence. A weekly two-hour educational class helps clients to understand their need to replace existing power and control behaviors inflicted on their victims with appropriate, nonviolent behaviors that promote equality in their relationships. Successful completion of the program not only fosters a safer environment for family members, but it also nurtures stronger relationships and contributes to a healthier self esteem for offenders and a safer community. The Salvation Army’s Anger Management Program is another time-tested program designed to help men and women by teaching them specific techniques and skills to improve their ability to cope with anger. The eight-hour curriculum, conducted in Duval County, serves clients who are court ordered to complete the course as a condition of their probation.
The DWLS class is a court-ordered class that is state certified under The Florida Safety Counsel in Orlando, Florida. The class is 6 hours and helps an individual to reinstate their license and confront the behavior and attitude that leads to the loss of their license.
Probation clients must frequently perform community service hours as well, and Salvation Army counselors help clients meet that requirement through referrals to non-profit organizations that accept community service clients. Our probation counselors also monitor clients who are under “house arrest”, and implement impoundment of DUI vehicles.