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POSITIVE EVALUATION: County Corrections is deemed 'doing right'

March 19, 2014

Whitley County’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 — “Whatever you’re doing here in Whitley County is working,” 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 county’s Community Correction programs, facilities and statistics, Whitley County tied with Porter County for the highest score in its overall success.

“Whitley County is doing something right,” said Lemmon. “You are really lucky to have a program like this.”

Because of the positive evaluation and Level I ranking, the Community Corrections Department received a check for $20,932.18 as a performance bonus.

“You can tell there is a lot of pride in the work that goes on here,” Lemmon said. “I couldn’t be prouder of what Whitley County is doing.”
During the IDOC’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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