The Indiana Department of Correction is pleased to announce that the Clay County Community Corrections Agency has been awarded $114,032 for the fiscal year 2007-2008.
"Clay County Community Corrections would like to express their gratitude to the D.O.C. for the 2007-2008 allocations. The grant money along with fees collected from the offenders' "Project Income" will enable Clay County Community Corrections to provide alternative sentencing to the courts and the offenders so that they may still earn money for themselves and their families while contributing to the community," John Tabasco, Director of Clay County Community Corrections, said.
"Along with our existing programs, Clay County Community Corrections has expanded our programming to include a much needed after-care component in an effort to assist offenders in acquiring life skills, while also assisting the community by putting parameters around offenders.
The Department of Correction has allocated a total of $26 million to 68 counties in Indiana to be used toward their Community Corrections programs.
The goal is to provide these agencies with not only the tools, but now also the money to continue to provide programming to meet the individual needs of each offender through evidence-based practices.
The Community Corrections programs help increase public safety and reduce recidivism by providing services to offenders sentenced to the local criminal justice system or returning from an Indiana Department of Correction facility.
The Indiana Department of Correction released 36 adult and juvenile offenders from Clay County last year.
"I am pleased that the Department of Correction was able to assist Clay County in a continuing effort to help transition these offenders with their re-entry back into their communities," Commissioner J. David Donahue said.
"Community Corrections has become an integral part of the prison systems and we recognize the importance of offender's accountability after they leave our prison facilities as a means to enhance public safety."
The Department employs 7,500 employees and houses 25,000 adults and juveniles in 32 facilities, ranging from minimum to maximum custody, prison camps, juvenile facilities and work release centers.
The Department's home page on the Internet can be found at www.in.gov/indcorrection.
The Department's Re-Entry site can be found at www.reentry.in.gov.