(SHOALS) - Martin County Community Corrections Director Kathy Collins says the Indiana Department of Corrections 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 says Martin County is one of the few counties that followed this rule completely by having zero D felons who were sent to DOC facilities. She added that from July to July on six offenders were sentenced to DOC and they were not 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 says 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 says it costs $161,000 to fund community corrections with $55,946 going just to the home detention program.
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