In 1994, in response to a federal mandate to reduce overcrowding in the Jackson County Jail, once again the Crime Commission stepped up to the plate by taking on sponsorship of the Metropolitan Community Service Program, known in the community as MCSP. MCSP is a non-profit organization funded through fees paid by the offenders ordered to do community service, by donations from private citizens and program contracts.
MCSP operates in conjunction with and under the guidance of a volunteer advisory board that collectively supports the position that the community could best be served by providing a non-profit self-supporting sanction to the criminal justice system. It serves as a tool for providing MCSP clients a positive, pro-social work experience while at the same time providing resources to the community.
Ordered by the courts to complete community service in lieu of jail, clients are assigned to assist community policing programs that support neighborhood clean-up activities, select city service departments and non-profit organizations. instead of sitting in jail at taxpayer expense. Millions of dollars of cost free labor have been provided through MCSP to the community.