Preventing Jail Overcrowding
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BROWN COUNTY, WI - Brown county leaders are looking at possible ways to avoid jail overcrowding and day report centers may be an option. Outagamie county has been using them for nine years to save money and prevent jail expansion
In 2004, outagamie county leaders began to search for alternatives for lower-level offenders to report to. Day report centers became the solution to that problem and Brown County may follow suit in the coming years.
Driessen says his center gets around 55 walk-ins a day. The counseling not only helps the county, but the offenders as well.
"Continue their outside world of work, employment, or seeking employment counseling, with an intent for them meeting here on a weekly, bi-weekly basis," says Driessen.
While day report centers may allow offenders to stay at home, county leaders say the counseling will help them change. Other counties are now considering that alternative.
While brown county leaders say that jail population has remained pretty steady within the last couple years, they say that day report centers could reduce the risk of overpopulation in the future.
"Ultimately free up jail bed space for us for more serious offenders and ultimately to save the county money," says Vande leest.
And may "stop the revolving door" Of non-violent offenders coming through county jails.
All offenders who go through the day report center are monitored as well and required to attend. Brown County leaders will continue to discuss the option of day report centers in future hearings.