Criminal Justice Services
Our mission is to keep individuals out of custody and living within the community while providing accountability and safety for all.
Our goals are to:
- Improve the ability of program participants to live productively and responsibly in our community
- Promote public safety
- Provide quality services to Douglas County citizens
Douglas County House Arrest was created to keep court approved individuals serving a sentence out of custody and living within the community while considering public safety and providing accountability. The program is monitored 24 hours a day, seven days per week by Douglas County Criminal Justice Services. House arrest provides an alternative in lieu of placement at the Douglas County Jail. The program helps to defer incarceration cost and allows individuals to remain in the home, thus maintaining employment, schooling and family obligations. The current program has been in operation since October of 2017.
Monitoring must be ordered by the Court, and may include electronic monitoring by one or more of the following: Global Positioning System (GPS), which monitors movements in real time; Remote Breathalyzer, which is a portable device to monitor alcohol usage; or, Transdermal Alcohol Detector (TAD), which monitors alcohol usage continuously over a period of time. All services with Douglas County House Arrest are offered at no cost to the client.
If you, or someone you know, will be requesting house arrest services through the Douglas County House Arrest Program, please contact our office to complete the intake paperwork, or click on the link below. You or your attorney may submit to the Court a personalized house arrest order, or click on the link below to a fillable house arrest form.
Before we can officially schedule and start services, our office MUST have a signed house arrest order from the Court, Douglas County District Court or Lawrence Municipal Court, ordering house arrest with supervision by Douglas County House Arrest.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. As long as it is permitted by the courts, a program participant can maintain full employment.
Besides work, a program participant can attend court hearings and probation meetings. They can also attend medical/treatment related appointments. Program participants may attend other functions as approved by the court.
GPS: Monitors client's movements in real time. The LOC8 provides program participants with an extra battery pack allowing more flexibility when recharging the GPS unit. ExacuTrack1 is a unit that requires it be plugged into an electrical outlet.
Remote Breathalyzer: Monitors the client's usage of alcohol through real time breathalyzer tests. This portable device goes wherever they go.
Transdermal Alcohol Detector: Monitors the client's alcohol usage over a period of time. With this device, there is no "missing" a test.
Any client that is ordered to participate in the program by the District or Municipal Courts can be on House Arrest. It only takes an order from the court.
Electronic Monitoring and House Arrest are designed to provide the courts with supervision alternatives in lieu of placement in the detention center.
If you have any questions, please contact our office.