Core Programs

Residential Facility

The facility provides 170 beds for residential participants (146 men and 24 women). The program is structured for offenders that need closer supervision and a controlled environment that allows offenders to hold a job, participate in rehabilitation programs, and provide for their families. 

Drug Court

This program allows a defendant to avoid a prison sentence by successfully completing a substance abuse treatment program and remaining drug free. Community Corrections evaluates treatment needs and administers all drug testing for Drug Court. Failure to complete treatment and/or remain drug free will result in a defendant’s incarceration. 

Veterans Treatment Court

Veterans Treatment Court transforms the roles of both the criminal justice practitioners and the substance abuse treatment providers. The judge is the central figure in the team effort focusing on sobriety, lawful behavior, and accountability as the primary goals. As a result, the judge takes on a major role--keeping Participants engaged in treatment. Veteran Mentors are assigned to help the veteran get the full benefits that may be available. Providers then focus effectively on developing a therapeutic relationship with the Participant. Finally, the treatment providers keep the Court informed of each Participant’s progress so that incentives and sanctions can be provided. 

Mental Health Court

Similar in structure to the Drug Court program, this program allows a defendant with a mental illness to avoid criminalization in the judicial system by successfully completing an appropriate course of treatment, sometimes including concurrent substance abuse treatment as needed, and paying restitution. Failure to remain treatment compliant will delay the defendant’s completion of the program. 

Prison Diversion

In a partnership with the State of Alabama Department of Corrections, this program diverts felony offenders from the State Prison system by offering our Residential Work Release as a sentencing alternative for nonviolent offenders. 

Pre-Trial Release

Identifies and assists those defendants who are in jail awaiting trial because they are financially unable to post bond. Supervised defendants are enabled to maintain employment while awaiting trial, thus meeting their financial obligations and decreasing the financial burden associated with housing a defendant by the County. 

Community Service

As part of their sentence, offenders may be required to make restitution to the County by completing community service. This is coordinated with selected Public and Nonprofit organizations such as social service agencies, religious organizations, and schools. 

Drug and Alcohol Testing

Drug and Alcohol screens will be given to all offenders upon entry into Community Corrections. The frequency of testing will be based on the offender’s substance abuse history and can be as few as twice per month or as frequent as ten times per month. In  Education/Treatment Programs

Offenders assigned to Community Corrections will be required to attend and complete certain Educational and/or Drug Treatment programs based on their individual needs. Education/Drug Treatment programs are provided by community corrections or by local social service agencies. 

Court Referral

The Court Referral program services all of the courts in Shelby County. If a defendant’s offense is either directly or indirectly related to alcohol and/or drug usage, they are referred to the Court Referral Officer for evaluation and placement in appropriate treatment and/or educational program(s). 


Probation provides the Court with a cost effective sanction to divert misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenders from serving sentences in the county jail. The offender must maintain employment, submit to random drug testing, and report to community corrections monthly.   Jessica Jones | CivicPlus Learning & Development Manager Ph: 785-323-4792 THE Integrated Technology Platform