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Juvenile Problem Solving Court Will Help Teens

Last updated on Wednesday, September 28, 2011

(BEDFORD) - Joe Dibert, director of the Lawrence County Community Corrections, presented County Council members with an Indiana Supreme Court grant award letter Tuesday night.

Community Corrections was awarded $24,510, which has no monitory match from the county. The money will be used to start a Juvenile Problem Solving Court.

"Working with juveniles and their families is a process", says Dibert. This program is an effective intervention. Together we can steer juveniles and their families in the right direction."

The first court session will be held on Nov. 14.

In other business the council approved:

* Lawrence County Sheriff Sam Craig request for an additional appropriation to pay comp-time for the staff at the jail.

The comp time issue has become almost unmanageable, but the additional appropriation should bring it to a manageable level, Craig says. The issue comes up when people are off sick or on vacation, the staff accumulate comp time hours and if they can't use it, it becomes an issue.

Some staff members have more than 100 hours accumulated, Craig says.
*An additional appropriation of $38,000 to be used on meals for inmates.
Craig says, the cost of food has raised considerably. The department has changed vendors to get better prices and are looking for other solutions to get the cost of meals down.

*The solid waste 2012 budget.

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