In early 1988, the Michigan Department of Corrections solicited requests for proposals to develop and implement a Probation Residential Center (PRC) to service the Tri Counties. After two (2) years of pursuing potential sites and presenting them to the Saginaw Planning Commission and the Saginaw City Council, the site at 172 Davenport Avenue was approved for use and rezoned to accommodate the program. Upon completion of extensive renovations, the program accepted its first five (5) residents on August 13, 1990.
Tri County Community Adjudication Program (TRI-CAP) is a diversion program to reduce the number of admissions to jail/prison of non-violent offenders and improve appropriate utilization of jail/prison facilities. The program ascribes to the Behavior Modification Model, through psychological means, designed to modify anti-social habits.
The program will accept male and female clients bound for jail/prison without program intervention within the context of the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines. Individuals must demonstrate non-violent behavior and possess a criminal record which indicates a pattern of non-violent offenses. TRI-CAP provides twenty-four (24) hour supervision, room and board, a work release program, programming, recreational opportunities, essential transportation, vocational and educational training, a furlough program, substance abuse monitoring and counseling, and financial planning.
Today, TRI-CAP provides various programs to accommodate the Circuit Courts in their untiring effort to find suitable alternative programs. With the opening of the new facility at 2300 Veterans Memorial Parkway on December 9, 2003, TRI-CAP now has the capability to house up to one hundred eighty (180) clients and accommodate referrals from any county that desires to utilize its services.
TRI-CAP is a non-profit organization operating under the direction of a twenty one (21) member Board of Directors from Saginaw, Midland, and Bay counties. All Directors, with the exception of the Executive Director, volunteer their time and expertise to the operation of the program.