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Juneau Coordinated Resources Project (JCRP)

What is the Coordinated Resources Project?

The mission of the Coordinated Resources Project (CRP) is to divert defendants in the criminal justice system that have mental disabilities from incarceration and into community services. The goal is to prevent further contacts with the criminal justice system. It is a voluntary program, offering the participant supervision and coordination of community based services.

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What are the benefits?

The principal benefits of completing CRP are enhanced stability and the avoidance of incarceration, fines and duration of probation. Graduates receive a reduced sentence or in some instances, case dismissal.

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Who is Eligible?

A defendant is eligible to participant in CRP, if they are:

  • charged with a misdemeanor or felony (there are some exclusionary crimes due to public safety concerns)
  • currently diagnosed with a mental illness or qualifying for mental health services
  • residing in Juneau
  • aged 18 or older

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How does CRP work?

The ASAP Probation officer formulates a case plan and provides monitoring, drug testing and guidance. CRP is focused on stabilization, which may include:

  • mental health services
  • substance abuse services
  • housing options
  • financial solidarity
  • other vital needs

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How do defendants get into the program?

Anyone can refer a person to CRP. The process for application is as follows:

  1. The defendant observes CRP court to assess if this court is something they are interested in participating.
  2. If wanting to proceed with admission, the defendant signs a motion for an initial opt-in. Their court dates are maintained in regular court. Note: Up until this time, the person can opt-out of CRP and continue with regular court, without penalty. Or if the team thinks the person is not benefiting from the program, the participant could be administratively discharged, without penalty.
  3. If the initial opt-in process appears mutually successful, a Rule 11 is created. The defendant accepts the Rule 11 and agrees to take the sentence outlined (sentence based upon completion and a sentence based on non-completion).
  4. Graduation is set when the participant has made adequate progress on their case plan goals.

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Contact Information

For program information or to make a referral, contact the Project Coordinator at 463-4756 or by fax (463-4757) or email (sabernathy@akcourts.us).

CRP meets every other Thursday afternoon at 3:30 pm on the first floor of the Dimond Courthouse. Judge Swanson presides. If you are interested in observing court, please call to confirm that court is being held. The number to call is 463-4756.

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