Friday, June 11, 2010

Day Report Center receives grant

CHARLESTON -- Gov. Joe Manchin presented an annual community corrections grant Tuesday to the Western Regional Day Report Center, according to a press release issued Tuesday.

The grant provides $425,000 in funding to assist in day-to-day operations of the center. Established in July 2008, the center provides Cabell and Wayne counties an alternative to jail for those accused of crime. The grant was presented during a Tuesday presentation in Charleston.

The center's director, Christopher Dean, said the $425,000 grant accounts for 65 to 70 percent of his agency's total revenue. It covers personnel costs. Other funding sources provide for the center's programing and utilities.

Defendants report to the center each day. They receive supervision and treatment, along with doing jobs assigned by supervisors. The center helps those defendants with addiction, mental health and other issues.

The program has been credited with saving counties commissions money otherwise spent to incarcerate inmates in the state's regional jail system.

The center also receives funding from other grants, along with the defendants and counties it serves.