The Local Coordinating Council (LCC) recently met Rush County’s new Community Corrections director Ashley Stevens.
According to Stevens, Community Corrections is funded by the Indiana Department of Correction with aspirations that it will, in time, be self-funded.
Currently, IDOC funds 82 of the state’s 92 counties Community Corrections programs to help minimize jail populations and overcrowding in DOC facilities.
“The program is designed to work with lower level offenders and provide alternatives to incarceration in jails or prisons,” Stevens said.
Individuals arrested on minor offenses and or non-violent offenses will be recommended or referred to the local Community Corrections board. Alternatives to serving jail sentences include home detention, GPS monitoring and alcohol use monitoring.
“The cost of these alternatives will be paid for by the offender and not from local taxpayers. We (Rush County) received a grant to begin the program and down the road it is anticipated that all costs for local Community Corrections alternatives will be paid for by the individuals,” Stevens said.
Currently, the county is anticipating that 30 individuals will be enrolled in the program and the services offered will grow as needs arise.
Stevens said alternatives to incarceration are less expensive and provide eligible individuals the opportunity to work and be a productive part of society.
There is a daily cost for home detention ($10), GPS monitoring ($15) and alcohol use monitoring ($15) that must be paid for by the individual.
In other LCC business, county EMA director Chuck Kemker said that the county will host an active shooter exercise later this year, although the event will not be funded by grant monies. According to Kemker, available grant funding will not be made available until January 2014.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106