Richland County (Adult) Court Services - RCCS was organized in October 1995. RCCS was formed in response to the overhaul of Ohio's criminal code, with the enactment of Ohio Senate Bill 2 "truth in sentencing", and the corresponding expansion of Community Corrections Act. Based on the information gathered during the planning phase by the Community Corrections Board, a comprehensive criminal profile study resulted.
When a criminal is arrested, their involvement in the criminal justice system is only beginning.
- Provides community based alternative sentencing programs for offenders that incorporate specialized treatment and intensive supervision.
- Targets at-risk offender population groups through assessment and places them into programming that addresses their criminogenic needs.
- Reduces the likelihood of recidivism.
- Improves the utilization of the county jail through jail case management.
- Incorporates the principals of restorative justice and personal accountability.
The result was the creation of a wide range of specialized supervision and treatment programs, a system of intermediate rewards and sanctions and a multi-level probation system that is performance based. The impact has been an effective system of community offender management that has produced a dramatically reduced recidivism rate (see program descriptions and statistical reports). Richland County Court Services is proud of its record of achievement in these results and the creation of a number of state and nationally recognized "best practices" programs through its collaborative partnerships at those levels.