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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Potter County Seeks To Reduce Repeat Offenders

jailfilephoto1A federal grant is being pursued by Potter County officials to help pay for increased mental health and drug and alcohol abuse services, in the hopes of reducing crime. If the $250,000 grant is approved, the county and Dickinson Mental Health Center will partner to increase counseling and related services for inmates at the Potter County Jail.

Studies by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency reveal that an average of three out of every four persons who are incarcerated will eventually return to jail. This figure can be reduced, the agency says, if inmates receive effective treatment for their mental health issues and addictions while they’re confined.

The application for a forensic mental health outreach program grant is now before the U. S. Department of Justice. Representatives of Human Services, Board of Commissioners, Sheriff’s Office and Judge’s Department worked on the grant application under a tight timeline and are optimistic that the funding will be approved. Potter County Today

17 comments :

Anonymous said...

this would be a great thing for the county.

Anonymous said...

The results will be interesting if the grant is approved...I have a hard time believing that this will work. Living in a small town it is easy to see the repeats, changing their life style will also have to be fed into the program and that will be next to impossible.

Anonymous said...

It is a giving fact that 79% of the people who get help while in jail will have a 48% declined in decline in doing an act in which would return them to jail. In the cases in which they did return to jail the priosoners did not have a person to talk to or be with as support when getting out of jail/prison

Anonymous said...

Really? Where did you get these numbers?

Anonymous said...

How many are acctually tested for alcohol while on probation? If no surprise checks they may be more apt to drink or do drugs.

Solomon's words for the wise said...

Potter County's probation department is known to be the hardest working department in the entire state. The only way for someone to succeed on probation in Potter County is to follow the rules. Ask anyone who has ever been on probation in Potter County.

Anonymous said...

the crim. book that i am currently using in my crim class.....


World of Crime it is called

Pages 34-56 talk about it.


:)

Anonymous said...

The reason we have so many repeat offenders is due to the lack of punishment from our court system. Potter county court system does more barking then biting. If the dog always barks but dosen't bite the kids are going to lose their fear. It's time for our judge to start handing out big sentences for these repeat offenders.

Anonymous said...

As long as you have the right last name and your skin is white you are all good in the potter county court system.


-Mark

Anonymous said...

have to agree about the lack of stiff sentencing.

no one is afraid of probation, everyone fears "state time".

fear of punishment is a power incentive. the mule fears the whip more than he craves the carrot...

Anonymous said...

"Potter county court system does more barking then biting."

Yet everyone sings Hosannas for the judges in this county.

which is it?

Anonymous said...

how many actually give a person a second chance??? how many will hire a person that spent time in jail/prison???

Anonymous said...

$250K.........You've got to be kidding me right??????????

Anonymous said...

Let the innocent people out !

Anonymous said...

I know what will keep them from repeating crimes, puplic beatings.
And as for this huggy feelly crap those people are just creating their own jobs. Put the $250K into our school district for education.

Anonymous said...

The county the way I look at should help Law Enforcement and the Judge needs to stick to his guns on strick penalties and not ARD...

Anonymous said...

waste of tax payers money....This might work for one out of 100. Lets spend the money for the good of all mankind not just a few....