Etowah County Community Corrections
Phone: (256) 439-6035 — Fax: (256) 439-6041 — Address: 110 Terminal Street, Gadsden, AL 35901
Pretrial Bond Supervision
This program is designed to assist the courts in the supervision of defendants released from jail to ECCC while they wait trial in their pending cases.
Supervision is provided in an effort to ensure: the defendant does not abscond, his/her reappearance for all court hearings, and compliance with special court imposed conditions.
The Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) provides defendants, generally first time, low risk offenders with opportunities for alternatives to the traditional criminal justice process of ordinary prosecution.
The PTI program is a diversion program initiated by the District Attorney’s Office whereby defendants are typically supervised for a period of 6 to 24 months depending on the charge after which the charge is dismissed upon successful completion of the program.
This program allows offenders an opportunity to avoid a felony conviction on their record.
Court ordered program for those in need of structured supervision.
Similar to PTI, the Etowah County Drug Court is designed to provide first time offenders the opportunity to avoid a felony conviction. It is a comprehensive substance abuse intervention strategy for those defendants charged with a drug related offense. Supervision and treatment typically extends between 12 and 18 months and is closely monitored by a judge and a drug court officer. The goal being protection to the community with the reduction of future criminal activity while creating individualized treatment program.
The Etowah County Community Corrections Program requires and provides drug testing to defendants enrolled in the program, as well as to the schools of Etowah County Board of Education, Trained staff are able to perform qualitative urinalysis using on-site testing and laboratory testing through an independent agency used by the Etowah County Community Corrections Program.
This program allows an inmate the opportunity to work outside the jail while continuing to serve their sentence. Work Release provides an individual employment which allows him to support his family while paying court costs and restitution.
Felony Prison Diversion
This is an alternative sentencing designed to reduce prison overcrowding and hold offenders accountable to their imposed conditions as they resume life in the community. There are two types of Felony Prison Diversion:
These individuals are sentenced to prison in court by a judge and then diverted to Etowah Community Corrections. Probation violaters can be a part of this group as well.
Institutional State inmates are released from prison and diverted to Etowah Community Corrections to serve the remaining portion of their prison sentence.
Mental Health Court
This program is designed to assist those offenders who have documented mental health issues by creating individualized treatment plans with local Mental Health professionals as well as one on one supervision with the ECCC mental health coordinator. Each defendant is reviewed monthly by a judge in order to ensure the defendant’s compliance with the court and the safety of the community.
- Kidnapping in the first degree
- Rape in the first degree
- Arson in the first degree
- Selling or trafficking in controlled substances
- Robbery in the first degree
- Forcible sex crimes
- Lewd and Lascivious acts upon a child
- Assault in the first degree if said assault leaves the victim permanently disfigured or disabled
- A person who demonstrates a pattern of violent behavior. In reaching this determination, the court may consider prior convictions and other acts not resulting in conviction or criminal charges and the offenders’ behavior while in state or county confinement.