Tompkins County

Directory of Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Programs

TOMPKINS PROBATION, ITHACA DRUG TREATMENT COURTS

Dave Wolf, Deputy Director

Old Library
312 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-7504 Fax: (607) 272-0783

Supervising Agency:

Tompkins County Department of Probation and Community Justice
Patricia Buechel, Director

This department assisted in the development of the Ithaca Community Treatment Court (Misdemeanor) in 1998 and the Tompkins County Felony Drug Treatment Court in 2000 and remain part of the Team by providing intensive supervision to participants in each program. The goal of the Treatment Court programs is to assist participants in breaking the cycle of addiction and criminal activity.  The Treatment Court programs provide the defendant with a highly structured environment that combines judicial oversight, probation supervision, substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, graduated sanctions/responses and education/employment training in an effort to encourage positive behaviors and reduce recidivism.


TOMPKINS COUNTY INTENSIVE SUPERVISION PROGRAM

Patricia Buechel, Probation Director

320 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5380 FAX (607) 274-5635

Supervising Agency :

Tompkins County Probation Department

Intensive Supervision Probation (ISP) is one of the oldest Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs, primarily for high risk, felony offenders who are at risk of local or state incarceration. The goals of ISP are to promote law abiding, productive behavior through effective case management services while holding offenders accountable for their criminal behavior. ISP reduces the criminal justice system’s reliance on incarceration and thus reduces state and local costs of incarceration. The caseload size is smaller than that of a regular supervision caseload, which allows the Probation Officer to provide more meaningful supervision and service delivery through increased contacts with the probationer. As a result, the Probation Officer is able to identify problems early and ensure that services are delivered to the probationer so that they are given every possible opportunity to modify their behavior to a law abiding lifestyle. ISP is a time limited program of 9-12 months. If successful on ISP, the probationer is transferred to a regular caseload for ongoing supervision.


TOMPKINS COUNTY PROBATION DEPARTMENT

Patricia Buechel, Probation Director

320 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5380 FAX (607) 274-5635

This is an agency of county government. Agency services include the preparation of pre-sentence investigations and reports for the criminal courts and the supervision of criminals sentenced to probation. Investigation and supervision functions are also provided for criminals released from jail by the Local Conditional Release Commission. Intake, investigation and supervision services are provided for Family Court. Many discretionary services for pretrial and alternative sentencing are also provided. This county probation department participates in PINS (Person In Need of Supervision) Adjustment services programming, coordinated by Susan Robinson.


THOMPKIN COUNTY DAY REPORTING

Patricia Buechel, Probation Director

Old Library
312 N. Cayuga Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-7504 Fax: (607) 272-0783

The Day Reporting Program, located in the Community Justice Center (CJC), is one component of the Department’s Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) continuum. Opening in 2001, the Day Reporting program is an innovative option for those involved with the courts that increases community based supervision, provides classes and counseling, enhances family functioning, and reserves jail resources for those most appropriate for incarceration. Participants are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their actions, repair the harm caused to their victims, their families and their communities, and develop skills to enable them to become more productive members of the community.

Participants are mandated by the courts to attend the program which allows them to live in the community while serving their sentence or awaiting trial or sentencing. Participants can attend the Center's Day Reporting Program as a condition of probation or violation of probation, as a Drug Court sanction, and as a pre-trial supervised release. In addition the program can be utilized by individuals who are attempting re-entry into the community following a period of incarceration. Participants are referred to Day Reporting as a result of Pretrial release order, Drug Court referral, Order and Condition of probation or Parole referral. The length of the program varies as determined by the referral source or court order.


TOMPKINS COUNTY SERVICE WORK ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM

Patricia Buechel, Probation Director

320 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5380 FAX (607) 274-5635

Since 1985, this department has operated the Service Work Alternative Program (SWAP) as an Alternative to Incarceration program for adults who have been convicted of a nonviolent crime and have been ordered by the criminal courts to perform community service.  Participants perform their mandated hours in a structured, supervised program at various not-for-profit sites located throughout the county. Emphasis is placed on encouraging participants to learn new job skills and gain self esteem while giving back to the community (Restorative Justice) for the negative effects of their offending behavior.


TOMPKINS COUNTY ELECTRONIC MONITORING PROGRAM

Patricia Buechel, Probation Director

320 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5380 FAX (607) 274-5635

The Electronic Monitoring Program provides 24-hour monitoring of an offender through an electronic “bracelet”.  This is a cost effective alternative to incarceration program for adults who pose a moderate to high risk to the community, and is used with juveniles as an alternative to detention.  It allows individuals to maintain their employment or participation in school, avoid separation from family, and participate in community based treatment programs.


TOMPKINS COUNTY PRE-TRIAL RELEASE PROGRAM

Patricia Buechel, Probation Director

320 West State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-5380 FAX (607) 274-5635


Since the early 1980’s, this department has operated a Pre-Trial Release Program. The program facilitates release for incarcerated individuals who meet appropriate criteria.  All defendants in custody at the Tompkins County Public Safety Building who have bail set by a court are given the opportunity to be interviewed for this program.  A Probation Assistant reports to the jail daily and conducts an initial screening and personal interview with the defendants. A cursory investigation is then conducted into the defendant’s legal, social, and employment history with emphasis placed on past cooperation with court orders, prior warrants for failing to appear in court, and personal references to determine the defendant’s potential for appearing for future court dates.  Following an evaluation as to the defendant’s ties to the community and potential flight risk from their legal charges, a recommendation is made to the court regarding release status.  The options include: Release on Recognizance (ROR), reduced bail, bail, or release under supervision (RUS) to the Probation Department.