After 30 years of waiting and one month of organizing Daviess County Community Corrections has settled into its new offices on West Walnut Street. The county paid $34,000 for the former medical clinic and has been busy since getting established at the new location. "It's fantastic," said Community Corrections Executive Director Diana Snider. "We are all loving it. We can't believe we're finally here. Now we're just trying to make it feel like our new home."
Community Corrections has been nomadic since it was first established in Daviess County. In the beginning the agency operated out of the probation office in the courthouse. Then when the new jail opened the offices moved there, but as the state put additional emphasis on using counter sentencing techniques to prison and jail the community corrections program grew. "We ran out of space at the jail," said Snider.
The new offices the agency showed off during an open house on Thursday now give each member of the staff their own space and the staff is noticing the difference. "The clients are opening up more and we can work better with them," said Home Detention Case Manager Terence Wright. "We are getting better information and everything about this move has been positive."
"It really seems to be working well," added Snider. "I think just going into the jail was unsettling for a lot of our clients. We hope this will make for a better atmosphere to work with them."
The new office space is part of a long-range plan to give Community Corrections its own identity and to better serve the community. "The first step was to get our own space," explained Snider. "The next will be to bring in additional training and programs for clients."