CCNO discusses reduced population

The MacArthur Foundation grant awarded to Lucas County to reduce its jail population was discussed during the April 27 meeting of the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Lucas County Commissioner Pete Gerken said his county recently received the $1.75 million MacArthur Foundation grant to reduce the populations at the Lucas County Jail and CCNO by 19 percent over the next three years. He said the grant will help increase various diversion programs to include electronic monitoring, probation assistance and create a sentencing assessment tool for the courts.

Earlier during the meeting, CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis said the facility will apply for a state grant to increase the number of post-release control violators housed at CCNO from the current 20 to 40. He said the majority of PRC violators are from the five-county area served by CCNO.

In his operational report, Dennis said CCNO’s population in April was down, standing at 566 as of last Wednesday. The population averaged 594 in January, 596 in February and 595 in March. Dennis noted an increase in the community corrections programs to include the use of GPS monitoring especially by area municipal courts.

Board members approved the purchase of seven GPS units and 10 Transdermal Alcohol Detector units at a total cost of $49,993. Funding comes directly from the electronic monitoring supervision fund.

Mr. Dennis said CCNO is working with Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities on a Second Chance Act grant that would provide assistance to Lucas County offenders with opiate addictions and their re-entry back into the community.

In other business, CCNO members:

• Approved the purchase of a new hot water heater from Energy Control of Maumee at a cost of $28,540.

• Agreed to set aside $4,000 in the capital budget fund to maintain video conferencing equipment used by the courts in 13 different locations. Dennis said the equipment was purchased and installed by CCNO about 15 years ago in an effort to reduce transportation costs, but is slowly in need of being replaced.