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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Corrections lays out goals to reduce repeat offenses

  • In order to more closely adhere to state mandates, McPherson County Community Corrections will work to meet three new goals for the 2014 fiscal year.
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  • In order to more closely adhere to state mandates, McPherson County Community Corrections will work to meet three new goals for the 2014 fiscal year.
    Janet Cagle, community corrections director, laid out the comprehensive plan before county commissioners during a meeting on Tuesday morning.
    The goals established for the 2014 fiscal year are to meet mandates required by the Kansas Department of Corrections in order to qualify for a Comprehensive Plan Grant Application.
    Cagle said all 31 districts in Kansas apply for the grant every year.
    The first of the three goals Cagle laid out was to ensure 75 percent of individuals in the corrections program succeed or at least have a 3 percent improvement compared to the previous year.
    A successful individual in the program is later released from the program into the community. If the individual is unsuccessful at completing the program, he or she will often be sent back to jail.
    Cagle said if those percentages are not met, community corrections will not receive unexpended money. That money, she said, will then go back to the legislature and, if approved, will be distributed to districts that did meet those percentages.
    Cagle said the potential loss of those unexpended moneys will not affect the operating budget for McPherson County.
    The second goal of the 2014 comprehensive plan is to introduce a structured job search program for medium and high-risk individuals in the program.
    The risk level of individuals is measured by an assessment that measures the individual’s risk to the community and the needs of the individual.
    Cagle said those individuals often have little will to work at all.
    “They’re simply not motivated to do much of anything,” she said.
    The program will encourage daily job searches and community service work.
    When a job is found, Cagle said the employer will have the ability to contact necessary help, should the need arise.
    Finally, Cagle said community corrections will use a program called “Thinking for a Change.” Cagle said the program is weekly, and works to change the negative thinking of high-risk individuals into a more positive outlook.
    County commissioners approved the grant application unanimously.
    In other business:
    • Commissioners approved a resolution for a special-use permit for Stone Post Gift Shop in Inman. Kenny Cook, planning and zoning administrator, said platting had been finished on the site, and the owner now needs to apply for a zoning permit.
    • Commissioners approved the hire of three temporary summer workers for McPherson County Public Works.
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