NEKCA’s Community and Justice Department provides both prevention programs and services to those who are already engaged in the criminal justice system.
Community Based Corrections Programs:
The NEKCA Community Based Program works closely with the Agency of Human Services, Department of Corrections. The program’s main purpose is to support a successful transition from incarceration to the community by increasing successful tenancy for these individuals in permanent housing throughout the Kingdom. The program provides housing search assistance, life skills assessments, training, budgeting, nutrition education, and tenancy skills class which may include some financial assistance. Once placed in permanent housing, individuals will receive ongoing support to help them maintain their housing for a period of six months to a year.
An alternative to a court conviction for juvenile and adult offenders to resolve their case(s) out of the traditional court process. One year after successfully completing Court Diversion 94.2% of people do not re-offend. Five years after successfully completing Court Diversion only 14.3% of program participants re-offend.
Youth Substance Abuse Safety Program:
a program that addresses the civil violations of 15-20 year-olds that are caught consuming, possessing or trying to purchase alcohol and/or possession of marijuana. This is a civil program and is tied to their driving record.
Driving with License Suspended Program:
A program designed to help people regain their driver’s license while they pay off their fines and fees. Not everyone is eligible for this program. People whose current suspension is a result of a DUI or certain other serious offenses are not eligible for this program.
A program where staff conducts Pre-Trial a Pre-Charge Risk Assessment and Needs Screenings; assesses the probability of future criminal behavior; assesses need for further mental health and/or substance use assessment. Refers offender on release to appropriate support services; serves as a spokesperson to the public and other local community agencies when appropriate; responds to inquiries for information and assistance from the community-at-large, law enforcement, and other requesting parties and entities.
Balance & Restorative Justice:
A program that addresses needs of youth on probation in a restorative fashion. Youth are referred by their DCF Family Services probation officer.
NEKCA Community & Justice Programs
71 Seymour Lane
Newport, VT 05855