Mission Statement: Safer communities, every day, through evidence-based practices.
Todd-Wadena Community Corrections operates under a Joint Powers Agreement between Todd and Wadena Counties. Our mission statement is, “Safer communities, every day, through evidence-based practices.” Our agency provides supervision of adult and juvenile probationers and supervised releasees as well as investigative report writing for the Courts and Department of Corrections. We also provide programming in the areas of juvenile diversion, Sentencing to Service, Pre-Trial Supervision, Sex Offender Treatment, Domestic Abuse Education, Female-Specific programming, and a variety of other programming aimed at reducing recidivism. Todd-Wadena Community Corrections maintains offices in Long Prairie, Staples, and Wadena.
The Pretrial Supervision Program is intended to maintain public safety while allowing detained persons to be released from jail, pending pretrial Court hearings. Individuals awaiting trial or sentencing are many times given conditions to follow by the Court. Conditions may include drug testing, electronic home monitoring, no contact with alleged victim(s), etc. Individuals on the Pretrial Supervision Program will receive community-based supervision and have early access to resources as desired. Maximizing public safety and Court appearance are the primary goals of the program, with jail population reduction an additional benefit. Among other things, individuals on the Pretrial Supervision Program are expected to maintain contact with Community Corrections as directed, including face-to-face visits in the office and/or in the field.
- Pretrial Agent: Sheena Prizler
Enhanced Supervision/Sex Offender Supervision/Supervised Release
Corrections Agents are responsible for providing probation and supervised release services to adults who are sentenced for misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor, and felony level offenses. Individuals are placed in a continuum of supervision based on their assessed risk to public safety, criminogenic needs, individual treatment needs, and court-ordered supervision conditions.
Adults who are sentenced for a sex-related offense are assigned to a sex offender specific caseload. Individuals on supervision for a sex-related offense are considered high risk until they complete the primary portion of sex offender treatment. A majority of clients attend sex offender treatment through CORE Professional Services, which is held in our Staples, MN location. The clients’ agent co-facilitates treatment groups with a therapist from CORE. Occasionally, clients will obtain treatment through other providers and the agent will maintain regular contact with those programs. Enhanced Supervision consists of frequent face to face contact, case management, use of supplemental assessments, case planning, polygraphs and cognitive-behavioral interventions.
Corrections agents at all supervision levels are responsible for monitoring the compliance with Court-ordered conditions. To ensure this compliance agents may conduct random home visits, random drug/alcohol screening and make collateral contacts to family members, friends or other professionals working with the client.
- Enhanced Supervision Agents: Dacia Kreklau, Chris Myhro, Jim Miller, Courtney Rannow
Traditional Supervision includes individuals who have been placed on probation and/or who are on supervised release. Clients who have been assessed medium risk are assigned to a corrections agent based on the city in which they reside. As with Enhanced Supervision, Traditional Supervision is based on risk to public safety, criminogenic needs, individual treatment needs, and court-ordered supervision conditions. These contacts may occur at the Community Corrections office, the client’s home, employment or in the community.
- Traditional Supervision Agents: Alisha Schneider, Daniel Benning, Jim Miller
Individuals who have been assessed low risk will be required to have contact with their corrections agent quarterly. Clients assigned to Group Supervision are placed on a reporting track for the calendar year according to last name. The agent meets individually with each client to review court orders, discuss any issues, and make necessary referrals to community-based programs.
- Group Supervision Agents: Mark Rolloff, Alisha Schneider, Savanna Johnson, Shannon Suderman
Interviews and Investigative Services
Corrections Agents at all supervision levels are responsible for conducting Court-ordered investigative reports including Pretrial bail evaluations, pre-dispositional investigations, pre-sentence investigations, sentencing guidelines worksheets, restitution studies, violation reports, adjustment reports, and discharge reports. Additionally, agents research records and background information on individuals, make referrals to other entities, complete transfer investigations and release plans, attend court hearings, make recommendations to Court, and testify in Court as needed.
Community Concern for Youth / Diversion
The Community Concern for Youth (CCY) Program is a free service available to youth who attend school districts in Todd and Wadena Counties. The CCY Program is designed for early prevention, intervention, and diversion of juveniles ages 10-17, who are experiencing personal problems as well as problems with the law. One-on-one meetings are held with students on a regular basis. The purpose of this program is to prevent youth from entering the court system, by working with youth and their families to hold the youth accountable, assist youth in finding positive ways to resolve conflicts at home, school, or in their personal lives, and provide opportunities for change. Parents are asked for their input regarding their children and their involvement is encouraged. Participation in the CCY program is voluntary and parent permission is required. For youth that are referred for law violations, community service work, classes, and class fees are sometimes required. Recreational activities, volunteer projects and educational programs are available to program participants.
- CCY Agents: Dan Huebsch, Haley Piotrowski
Todd-Wadena Community Corrections provides services for juvenile clients residing in Todd and Wadena Counties who commit offenses ranging from petty offenses through felony offenses, also including CHIPS/Truancy cases. Juveniles are placed in a continuum of supervision based on their assessed risk to public safety, criminogenic needs, individual treatment needs, and court-ordered supervision conditions.
The supervision period can last from six months up to the juvenile’s 19th birthday. In certain cases, juveniles may be found to be an “extended jurisdiction juvenile” which results in probation supervision until age 21. Supervision consists of face to face contact, case management, case planning, and cognitive-behavioral interventions. Corrections Agents are responsible for monitoring the compliance with Court-ordered conditions. To ensure this compliance agents may conduct random home visits, school visits, random drug/alcohol screening and make collateral contacts to family members, friends or other professionals working with the juvenile.
- Juvenile Agents: Mark Rolloff, Savanna Johnson
Sentencing to Service Program
Todd-Wadena Community Corrections’ Sentencing to Service (STS) program consists of an adult crew and a juvenile crew. The crews work for county, state, city and non-profit organizations throughout the Todd and Wadena County area. Jobs completed in the past include painting, brushing, cemetery maintenance, various cement work, set up and cleaning of public events, shovel out fire hydrants, city clean up, and many other service-oriented duties.
- STS Crew Leader Lee Miron
The STS program maintains firewood lots in both Todd and Wadena Counties. The firewood is cut, split, hauled and stacked by the crew and is available for sale to the public at $80/cord. For more information contact the main office.
Community Service Work
Community Service Work (CSW) offers adults and juveniles the opportunity to work off any fines that they may have incurred if they cannot afford to pay the fine. Community Service Work offers clients an opportunity to help their community by performing community service work hours to assist government and non-profit agencies. For more information contact the main office.
Men’s Domestic Abuse Program
The Men’s Domestic Abuse Program is a continuously running, co-facilitated group that is 27 weeks long. The program uses the Duluth model, which is Domestic Abuse Intervention, to reduce domestic violence against women. The group is for men who have been Court-ordered to complete a domestic abuse counseling program, are involved in a child protection case, or self-referrals deemed appropriate by the facilitators. The program meets statutory requirements for Domestic Violence programming under MSS 518B.02 subd 2.
The program is broken down into 10 sections covering topics of non-violence, non-threatening behavior, respect, trust and support, honesty and accountability, responsible parenting, shared responsibility, economic partnership, sexual respect, and negotiation and fairness. The main focus is to have the participants look at their beliefs on how relationships work, women, and their own behavior because beliefs drive actions. Therefore, beliefs need to be evaluated and/or changed in order to have healthy relationships.
- For more information contact Savanna Johnson
Women’s Nonviolence Group
The Women’s Nonviolence Group is a co-facilitated group for women that is 18 weeks long, using the Turning Points curriculum. The group is for women who have been Court-ordered to complete a domestic abuse counseling program, are involved in a child protection case, or self-referrals deemed appropriate by the facilitators. The program meets statutory requirements for Domestic Violence programming under MSS 518B.02 subd 2.
The Turning Points curriculum is an educational program for women who use both legal and illegal violence against their partners. Its focus is on helping women understand the connection between the violence they experience and the violence they use. The curriculum is divided into three parts. Part one has nine segments. The segments educate participants about domestic violence, clarify its different forms, and make visible the impacts of domestic violence on the relationship and well-being of family members. Part two introduces stories of women who have used violence in their own lives. Each woman’s story is filmed and conveyed in a 4-6 minute video clip. The honesty of the women in the stories helps generate discussion about many aspects of violence, especially about the use of violence against an abusive partner. Part two also includes 15 video vignettes that re-enact actual stories in order to illustrate dynamics that can be unpacked and logged. Part three is a series of group exercises to generate discussion and learning about themes that come up again and again in groups of women who use violence.
- For more information contact Alisha Schneider or Shannon Suderman
Youth Presentations and Programs
Todd-Wadena Community Corrections has taken an active approach at identifying and addressing some of the present-day issues that our teens are faced with. We strive to meet the needs of our youth and communities and in doing so, Todd-Wadena Community Corrections has developed various presentations and programs as a way to educate youth of the potential negative consequences of their actions and give them information to hopefully make better choices.
Sometimes, youth are required to complete an online educational class or an intervention course.
Presentations and Programs offered include:
- Drug & Alcohol Class
- Violence Prevention Class
- Theft Awareness Class
- Sexting Education Program
- Vaping & Tobacco Education
- Social Media Education Presentation
- Bullying Prevention Presentation
- Internet Safety
- For more information contact Dan Huebsch or Haley Piotrowski
The Sentencing to Service (STS) program maintains firewood lots in both Todd and Wadena Counties. The firewood is cut, split, hauled and stacked by the crew and is available for sale to the public at $80/cord. For more information contact the main office.
Local Resource Links
- Chemical Use Assessment and Mental Health
- MADD Impact Panel
- Electronic Home Monitoring
- AA Meeting Locator
- NA Meeting Locator
- Victim Services
- 3rd Millennium Classrooms
- CORE Professional Services
- Local Veteran Services
- Bus Services
- Minnesota Association of Community Corrections Act Counties (MACCAC)
- Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC)
- Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS/DVS)
- Minnesota Department of Corrections – Offender Locator
- Minnesota Department of Corrections – Community Service Directory
- Minnesota Courts Public Access
- Level 3 Sex Offender Locator
- Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA)
- Minnesota Predatory Offender Registration
- Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
TWCC Gives Back
Aside from the continual goals of reducing recidivism and helping restore victims and communities, Todd-Wadena Community Corrections (TWCC) strives to give back to the community even more. Some examples of how Todd-Wadena Community Corrections gives back include:
- Maintains a section of Highway 71 through the Adopt-a-Highway Program
- Shovels out fire hydrants
- Donates between 1,100 – 1,400 pounds of produce to area food shelves a year
- Builds and gives away approximately 75 wood duck houses, 50 bluebird houses and 20 birdfeeders a year
- Donated bean bag games
- Donated wishing well planters
- Donated wheelbarrow planters
- Maintains and clean city parks
- Maintains and clean campgrounds in Todd and Wadena Counties
- School clean up – green areas/athletic complexes
- Speak at schools
- Participates in Child Protection Supper
- Participates in Todd and Wadena County Fairs
- Participates in National Night Out
- Participates in Career Fairs
- Donates to Child Protection Auction
- Agents serve on various boards and committees
It is our goal that interns with Todd-Wadena Community Corrections gain experience in all aspects of juvenile and adult probation services during their semester. The internship is designed to be a “hands on” active learning approach to the field of Corrections. Interns will be exposed to the many different duties corrections staff perform on a daily basis. This may include supervising adult and/or juvenile clients, writing investigative reports to the Court, performing drug testing, learning Courtroom procedures, assisting with field visits, etc.
In most cases, interns are scheduled to work 40 hours each week for a total of 400 hours (unless otherwise approved). Interns must be willing to abide by the professional ethics of the field of Corrections. This includes maintaining confidentiality of records and of information learned about a client, except as authorized or mandated for the sharing of that information with designated persons. All interns and volunteers should be aware that the intern or volunteer can be terminated at any time for unacceptable performance or failing to follow the signed contract. These are not paid positions.
Interested students should complete the application and submit it along with a cover letter and resume to the Director. Interviews will be scheduled and students will be advised of their acceptance following completion of a background check.
If interested in completing an internship with TWCC, please contact Sarah Urbach for the application.
The crews work for county, state, city and non-profit organizations throughout the Todd and Wadena County area. Jobs completed in the past include painting, brushing, cemetery maintenance, various cem...