The Prosecutor's Discretionary Rehabilitation Program (DRP) is a first-offender diversion
program begun in January 1998, and is in collaboration with Oriana House. Probation Officer Jill Forster
manages the program. Probation officers screened seven hundred thirty-one (731) defendants in 2000.
The program had more than 84% compliance rate.
Three hundred eleven (311) defendants were referred to the Probation Department to satisfy court
orders for restitution to victims. $45,812.45 was collected and distributed to victims.
Offenders may elect to perform community service in lieu of paying a fine and court costs or may be required to
perform community service as an alternate sanction. They are assigned to various placements, including the City of Akron
Service Department, Keep Akron Beautiful, Urban League and Salvation Army. In 2000, there were 2235 community service
placements who completed 5091 days of work.
The probation officers continued to be able to place more offenders in inpatient chemical dependency treatment in 2000,
because of the contract between the City of Akron and Interval Brotherhood Home for funding of four treatment beds.
Twenty-seven (27) offenders were admitted to City-funded IBH beds in 2000, spending 1666 days of treatment.
In addition to IBH, referrals were made by probation officers to other agencies including: Community Health Center, RAMAR,
Akron Health Department, Portage Path Behavioral, UMADAOP, and Community Support Services.