Summit County court officials are pleased so far with the results of SCORR, or Summit County Offender Recidivism Reduction. The pilot program, which is a more intensive form of probation, began in April and will last three years.
Participants are considered high risks for failing on probation based on factors like criminal history, ability to hold a job and substance abuse.
The program includes more frequent visits with a probation officer and appearances before a judge plus a defined set of rewards and penalties. Participants are expected to complete the program in 18 months, compared to the normal two years of regular probation.
In the first few months of the Summit County Offender Recidivism Reduction program, or S.C.O.R.R., Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Amy Corrigall Jones is optimistic about the program that she oversees.
The program just began its three-year trial period, trying out a new approach to probation while prisons are overcrowded and probation officers juggle large caseloads.