The goals of the Exodus Program are to:
• Provide educational and therapeutic services to assist inmates in making a decision to choose sobriety and eliminate their criminal lifestyle
• Provide alcohol and drug treatment to inmates that have difficulty accessing treatment through other means
• Provide a program that requires participating inmates to engage in a productive routine while in custody
• Provide a behavioral management tool that assists in controlling inmate behavior and facilitates a decrease in disruptive activities
• Provide a proactive response to substance abuse related crime rather than a reactive response, and to require inmates to develop an alcohol and drug free life plan for release.
The Exodus program funded through this grant houses male inmates that are arrested specifically on a probation violation or that have been sentenced to probation. The inmates selected for this unit of Exodus are referred by the Coconino County Adult Probation Department.
The probation Exodus participants will be released on probation, which will provide needed community supervision. Probation Officers will provide encouragement and support for participants to remain drug, alcohol, and crime free. Participants will be required to attend aftercare services, such as 12 Step meetings and out-patient treatment. Probation Officers require participants to be employed, have safe and supportive housing, and to obtain a GED. Participants will also be required to submit urinalysis testing.
The inmates participating in the Exodus program attend therapeutic treatment groups four times a week, Smart Recovery classes two days a week, and 12-step meetings 5 nights a week (outside of the program). Therapeutic groups promote a positive peer and productive learning environment. In addition to substance abuse education, there is a strong focus on life skills, such as parenting classes, job readiness training, money management, nutrition and other education.
Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribil is also pleased to announce that the Sheriff’s Office has applied for and received a grant in the amount of $15,000 for the purchase of a dual purpose canine, equipment to retro fit a patrol vehicle for safe transportation of the dog, and a canine ballistic vest. The grant was awarded on November 4, 2013.
The funding will be provided by the 100 Club of Arizona which is a 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to assisting the men and women who represent statewide public safety agencies, law enforcement officers and deputies, firefighters, paramedics, and their families. Assistance provided by the 110 Club of Arizona includes:
Financial Assistance when serious injury, death, and life-altering situations occur.
Peer-Support Training to include peer support, emotional support and training.
Safety Enhancement Stipends to purchase safety equipment to enhance the welfare of the Arizona Public Safety First-Responders
The K-9 that will be acquired with this funding will be dual-trained in the areas of protection and the detection of narcotics. The new dog will replace Viktor, a Belgian Malinois from Holland, who was the first dog to join the Sheriff’s Office ranks in 2007 and retired in 2013. Viktor’s partner and handler is Sergeant Gerrit Boeck.
The new dog will join Kiko, a Belgian Malinois from Slovakia, who became a part of the K-9 team in 2008 thanks to a generous donation from a community member. Kiko has been assigned to Deputy Rick Shouse in the Blue Ridge area.