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Department of Corrections

Elizabeth "Betsy" Gillespie
Director

The Johnson County Department of Corrections offers several different programs to meet the needs of both adult and juvenile offenders and to protect the public as follows:

The Adult Residential Program provides a structured, supervised living environment for high-risk adult felony and some misdemeanor probation offenders as a cost-effective alternative to incarceration in state prison and County detention facilities.  The program allows probationers to maintain employment in the community so that they can pay towards their debts while developing good work habits. Educational and treatment programs are offered to the probationers during their stays.  The offenders pay income taxes and are required to pay per diem to the County to help offset the costs of the program.  There are 398 beds available at the Adult Residential Center.  The center is located at 141 Mission Parkway, New Century, KS.

The Juvenile Detention Center maintains a safe and secure setting for youth who have been apprehended by law enforcement and need to be detained pending further Court action for criminal offenses and for Children in Need of Care who are awaiting more appropriate placements.  Various educational and treatment programs are offered to youth during their stays in detention.  The center has a bed capacity of 69 and is located at 915 W. Spruce in Olathe.

The Foundations program is a state-licensed Youth Residential Center II (YRCII) with a capacity of 30 youth. Youths that are placed in the program have been taken out of the custody of their parents and are now technically in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections – Juvenile Services. This program is unique compared to other YRCIIs in Kansas due to the extensive amount of programming provided that will help youth return to functional living relationships with their families.  If this goal is not possible, staff will work with the youth to develop independent living plans. The program is located in the Youth and Family Services Center at 920 W. Spruce in Olathe.

The Adult Intensive Supervision Probation Program provides monitoring of adult felony offenders placed under probation supervision by the Court as a cost-effective alternative to incarceration.  It allows the offenders to remain in the community with their families and maintain employment to pay towards their debts.  The reduced caseload size (as compared to the District's Court Services probation) allows Intensive Supervision Officers to effectively address the offenders' criminogenic risk and needs.  The County is required to perform this function by state law.  This function is located at the North Central Multi-Services Center at 12425 W. 87th Street Parkway in Lenexa.

The Juvenile Intensive Supervision Probation Program provides monitoring and program services to high-risk, high-need youth adjudicated for felony and misdemeanor offenses.  Some youth who have been discharged from state correctional facilities under conditional release are also supervised by this program.  This is a cost-effective alternative to incarceration in the County's juvenile detention center and in state juvenile correctional facilities.  The County is required to perform this function by state law. This function is located at 135 S. Kansas Avenue in Olathe.

The Juvenile Case Management Program provides supervision services for youth in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections Juvenile Services Division.  Case Managers supervise youth who are in transition from state correctional facilities to the community.  Staff also facilitate placements into and supervise youth assigned to out-of-home placements such as foster care and youth shelters.  The County is required to perform this function by state law.  This function is located at 135 S. Kansas Avenue in Olathe.

The Johnson County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center provides assessment services to youth who have been arrested or have otherwise been in contact with Johnson County law enforcement officials, as well as youth placed in Police Protective Custody.  Staff assess the risk and needs of each youth presented to them, make immediate decisions regarding appropriate placement of the youth, and make referrals to community programs for the needs of the juveniles and their families.  The County is required to perform this function by state law.  These services are provided at 915 and 920 W. Spruce Street in Olathe.

The Therapeutic Community is a long-term (6-month) substance abuse treatment program designed to treat adult felony probation offenders who have histories of multiple failed attempts at substance abuse treatment and multiple arrests for substance abuse related offenses.  This program helps offenders build the skills and attitudes necessary to maintain lifestyles free of drugs and crimes.  It allows them to remain near their families as they work on their personal and familial needs. It is located within the Adult Residential Center.

The Adult House Arrest Program serves as a highly-structured enhancement to community-based supervision and a low-cost alternative to incarceration for adult offenders.  Offenders under the supervision of this program are permitted restricted movement within the community to maintain employment and attend school.  The offenders are required to pay towards the cost of this supervision. Offenders assigned to the program are County probationers, municipal probationers, and persons released to the community on bond supervision. It is located at the Adult Residential Center.

The Juvenile House Arrest Program provides a highly-structured enhancement to community-based supervision and a low-cost alternative to detention for teenage youth. The program restricts the movements of the offenders assigned while allowing the juveniles to remain at home and participate in school and other pro-social activities.  It is located in the Youth and Family Services Center at 920 West Spruce in Olathe.

The Work Release Program was implemented in October 2007 to serve as an alternative to incarceration for the target population of 4th time DUI offenders.  Inmates sentenced to work release placement must maintain full-time employment in the community while paying towards their debts.  The inmates pay income taxes and are required to pay per diem to the County to help offset the costs of the program.  In late 2009, the program also began accepting state work release inmates through an agreement with the Kansas Department of Corrections.  Legislation that became effective in July 2010 also authorizes the placement of other County misdemeanor and off-grid felons in the work release program.  Beginning in 2014, this program will also accept municipal offenders through city agreements with the County.  This program is located at the Adult Residential Center.

The Assessment for Bond Supervision Program provides assessment services to the District Court to determine the risk of alleged adult criminal offenders to the community prior to being placed under Bond Supervision.  The actual supervision is conducted by the District's Court Services following appropriate assessment and placement.  This function is located within the County’s Central Booking Center at 101 N. Kansas Avenue in Olathe.

The Probation Intake Program provides initial intake services for Community Corrections Adult Intensive Supervision Probation, the District Court's Probation Services, and Work Release. Staff provide intake instructions to offenders and also conduct urinalyses for the Court. This program is located within the District's Courthouse as the initial stop for offenders to set them on the right track for supervision services.  The program also assists the Court and attorneys with their questions about processes and services.