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COLUMBIA CITY â âWhatever youâre doing here in Whitley County is working,â 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 countyâs Community Correction programs, facilities and statistics, Whitley County tied with Porter County for the highest score in its overall success.
âWhitley County is doing something right,â said Lemmon. âYou are really lucky to have a program like this.â
Because of the positive evaluation and Level I ranking, the Community Corrections Department received a check for $20,932.18 as a performance bonus.
âYou can tell there is a lot of pride in the work that goes on here,â Lemmon said. âI couldnât be prouder of what Whitley County is doing.â
During the IDOCâs 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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