Archive for Wednesday, January 6, 1999

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS SEEKS FUND BOOST

January 6, 1999

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The Douglas County Commission tonight will review a request from community corrections for additional funding for electronic monitoring.

The commission will meet at 6:35 p.m. today at the courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.

In a memo to commissioners, community corrections director Patricia Berry said a grant from the Kansas Department of Corrections won't cover the county's expenses for electronic monitoring. She also said the corrections department has indicated that asking participants to reimburse the county for the cost of leasing the monitoring equipment is not permissible.

This leaves community corrections with a shortfall, Berry said in her memo.

Berry had requested $6,500 for fiscal year 1999 (July 1998 through June 1999). The state awarded $2,700 from the Department of Corrections' Condition Violator Grant. The county spent $7,300 on electronic monitoring during fiscal year '98, Berry said.

Berry will be asking the county for an additional $3,900. She said she is negotiating a new contract for electronic monitoring services that would be less expensive than the county's current contract.

In other business, commissioners will consider approval of an agreement conveying an easement and obligation to maintain a driveway for John and Michelle Crawford at 2704 Century Dr.

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