Rep. Kathleen Clyde Announces Thinking For A Change Funding
Portage County Court of Common Pleas Probation Dept. Awarded $100K
October 08, 2015
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the Portage County Common Pleas Adult Probation Department will be awarded $103,648 in grant funding.

“I am glad to see Portage County rewarded for its innovative work to curb our prison population,” said Rep. Clyde. “Sentencing reform at the state level has had mixed results and the state’s deep funding cuts at the local level have impacted diversion programs for non-violent offenders. Portage County has worked hard to curb the prison population despite this difficult climate, and this additional funding is well-deserved and needed.”

The Portage County Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation Department was one of 49 agencies that applied for the grant. This initiative, funded by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, focuses on immediate and direct assistance and services for non-violent offenders ordered to a period of probation through the Portage County Common Pleas Court.  The program’s mission has three goals: to increase the number of non-violent offenders successfully completing their term on probation, to reduce the number of probationers violating their probation and to decrease those who are non-violent from being sent directly to prison.

“The Repeat Offender Cognitive Intervention/Thinking for a Change Program has been a valuable alternative sentencing option for the Common Pleas and Municipal Court Judges,” said Judge Laurie Pittman of the Portage County Court of Common Pleas. “The Program not only assists in alleviating the jail and prison population, but also provides cognitive restructuring training to help offenders with education and skill development, a critical component in changing offender behavior, and ultimately reducing the likelihood of recidivism.”       

Rep. Clyde represents the 75th Ohio House District, serving Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and central and southern Portage County.  

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