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Community Corrections Planning

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    In recognition of the need for a new jail facility, we have undergone a complete study of our criminal justice system.  (See Corrections Master Plan)  We hired a national consultant, Mr. David Bennett who spent 6 months developing recommendations to assist us in transforming the way we manage our inmate population.  Because the most expensive cost to the county is the “housing” costs for inmates; food, laundry, and medical care, we are focusing on reducing recidivism rates and creating a facility that will allow for more instructional and programming space.  We are considering existing community services to see where we might work together, rather than duplicating efforts.  This is a philosophy we believe in and continue to explore.  A Community Corrections Planning Committee was formed on February 28, 2012 and consists of the following members: Commissioners Edward D. Philpot Jr., John H. Thomas, Stephen H. Nedeau, County Administrator, Debra Shackett, Youth Services Director, Brian Loanes, Architect Gary Goudreau, Superintendent Daniel Ward, Administrative Assistant Angela Bovill and Executive Director of Genesis, Maggie Pritchard.   The committee will meet regularly every two weeks.  The Commissioners stress that this is not about building just a building but building a new system.  We will post the meeting minutes from the Community Corrections Planning Committee on this website along with relative correspondence.  Thank you for your interest in this exciting journey.

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