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Community Corrections leader presents data

June 19, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Director of Community Corrections Matthew Bennett spoke recently to county leaders about the day report and community corrections programs.

Barbour County has nine people on home confinement right now, Bennett told the Barbour County Commission on June 4. The last time Bennett came before commission to report those numbers, there were five people on home confinement.

He said he's definitely seeing an increase in the home confinement numbers, which means the county saves money that would have been spent if those individuals were incarcerated.

"I've been working with the magistrate's office and they're really interested in starting to utilize it more often," he said.

The full community corrections program currently has 28 people, with an additional 10 people on bond.

At a daily incarceration rate of $48.80 per person, the county is saving roughly $1,800 a day, Bennett said.

He also talked about other fees associated with the program, as well as the community service provided by the program's participants.

"The community-service side of the community corrections is going really well," he said.

In other commission business, the board discussed exoneration, estates, appointments, canceled orders, budget adjustments/resolutions and appointments.

On the budget adjustment, Commissioner Phil Hart noted a request from last August made by the town of Junior for 10 water valves and insulation, and help with installing them.

The town of Junior was able to purchase the valves through a bond ordinance, but still requested help to put them in.

Hart made a motion on a budget adjustment to give the town of Junior $6,000 toward the installation of the valves. Commissioner John J. Schola seconded the motion, and it passed unopposed.

Willa Jo Jones' request to appear before the Board of Equalization and Review regarding the 63-acre coal tract on Spaw Lick was briefly discussed. Prosecuting Attorney Leckta L. Poling will review the matter.



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