The Washington Times-Herald

November 30, 2012

More D felons looking at home detention

By Courtney Hughett
Washington Times Herald

SHOALS — Community Corrections Director Kathy Collins spoke to the Martin County Commissioners Tuesday night, about her department’s annual report,which is from July of 2011 to July of 2012.

She said the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) sets goals for her department, one of which is to not send class D felons to the DOC facilities. The state wants them to be directed toward the counties’ community corrections home detention program.

She said at the recent state convention where 70 Indiana counties had community corrections representatives present, the state DOC commissioner recognized Martin County as one of the few counties that followed this rule completely by having zero D felons who were sent to department of corrections facilities.

She said that during the July to July report, Martin County only had six offenders sentenced to a department of corrections facility and none were D felons.

The annual report showed that 50 offenders were sentenced to home detention that amounted to 5,459 days with 126 average days for female offenders and 103 average days for males.

Collins said that the county receives around $102,000 in grant funds from the state department of corrections which she said does not come close to meeting the needs of the program. $59,000 is received in project income or payments by offenders. She said it costs $161,000 to fund community corrections with $55,946 going just to the home detention program.

Commissioner Dan Gregory told Collins she was doing a great job for Martin County and those who are in the community corrections program. He asked Collins if there was anything she needed as far as a “wish list” to keep doing her job. Collins explained the need for money, eventually, for funding of the road crew. The current grant money they receive cannot be used for misdemeanants.