Community Based Alternatives


Offenders may be ordered or sanctioned to perform uncompensated work for the benefit of the community by a judge, parole board, or via Probation Options Management waiver or hearing. Community service can be a condition of a direct order from the courts or parole board, an individual sanction, or as a component of a program such as Day Reporting Centers.


Electronic Surveillance is an option for monitoring non-compliant offenders who have high risks, high needs, or who would otherwise be incarcerated. Supervised offenders are ordered or sanctioned to electronic surveillance by the courts, parole board, Probation Options Management via waiver or hearing, or as outlined by O.C.G.A. §42-1-12 (a)(21) and §42-1-14 regarding Sexually Dangerous Predators.

All offenders sentenced to Electronic Surveillance should meet the following criteria:


  • Offenders who have “EM Surveillance” special conditions or sanctions
  • Voice print is required
  • Land-line phone required (free of special features, ie. call waiting, call forwarding, voice mail)

STOP GPS Electronic Monitor

  • Sexually Dangerous Predators as deemed by GA SORRB
  • BluTag Device Installed on leg
  • DCS pays cost of $3.09 per device per day
  • In-home unit may be required for areas with poor coverage
  • No cost to offender


Day Reporting Centers provide an intensive non-residential prison diversion program targeted at high-risk, high-need offenders with a history of substance abuse and non-compliant behavior. DRCs seek to address the root problem of substance abuse, rather than the non-violent crimes that result from addiction.

All offenders sentenced to DRCs should meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 12 months left under sentence
  • Males and females are accepted
  • No age limitation
  • No pending charge or a sentence that would interrupt completion of the approximately 12-month DRC Program by requiring a term of incarceration.
  • Mental health participants are accepted (MUST BE a Mental Health Level II or below - no Mental Health IIIs or higher)
  • Must have the cognitive ability to comprehend the program material and instructions. It is not required for the offenders to be able to read and/or write. (Offender may receive help in these areas from members of the group.)
  • Offenders ineligible for referral to a DRC are those whose psychiatric condition prevents them from participating and/or comprehending program material