Whitley Countyâ€™s Community Corrections Department earned a performance bonus for its successful programming during an evaluation conducted by the Indiana Department of Corrections. Pictured presenting a check for $20,932.18, from left, are IDOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon, Community Corrections Grant Director Paula Worden and IDOC official Mike Lloyd.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śWhatever youâ€™re doing here in Whitley County is working,â€ť said Bruce Lemmon, the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) commissioner, to a room of county leaders and Corrections staff Wednesday.
After an evaluation of the countyâ€™s Community Correction programs, facilities and statistics, Whitley County tied with Porter County for the highest score in its overall success.
â€śWhitley County is doing something right,â€ť said Lemmon. â€śYou are really lucky to have a program like this.â€ť
Because of the positive evaluation and Level I ranking, the Community Corrections Department received a check for $20,932.18 as a performance bonus.
â€śYou can tell there is a lot of pride in the work that goes on here,â€ť Lemmon said. â€śI couldnâ€™t be prouder of what Whitley County is doing.â€ť
During the IDOCâ€™s period of evaluation, 199 Class D felons served sentences in Whitley County. However, according to Lemmon, only one of those offenders returned to the DOC system.
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