Ground broken on DeKalb community corrections facility

DeKalb County broke ground Friday on a new community corrections facility to serve as an alternative for non-violent offenders.

Posted: Oct 5, 2018 6:01 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2018 6:22 AM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT)- DeKalb County broke ground Friday on a new community corrections facility to serve as an alternative for non-violent offenders. 

"There's kind of a gap in the options available right now. And this adds an additional option to help people address what needs to be addressed in their lives," said Judge Kevin Wallace. 

It's a $6.8 million plan with 52 beds for work release. It will also house administrative offices and be a center to monitor home detentions. 

"We will have programming rooms, too. There will be separate rooms where people can meet with counselors or have support group meetings, or things like that," Wallace said. 

Community corrections executive director, Kellie Knauer said it's not for everyone, but it will be an option for those who don't need to be behind bars. 

"There's a lot of people that would benefit from that extra assistance of being provided the opportunity to participate in the work release program," Knauer said. 

And if offenders are successful in this program, they have a better chance at being rehabilitated. 

"That's what we're all trying to achieve, that end result of people being successful and happy," Knauer said. 

The facility is expected to be completed and fully operational by the end of next summer. 

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