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Courts provide solution to chronic re-offenders

5/15/2018, 7:50 p.m.
The Will County Adult Redeploy program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo).
State’s Attorney Glasgow created Friends of Will County Problem Solving Courts, and will chair its Board of Directors with (from left) Will County Board Member Suzanne Hart and retired Will County Board Member Ann Dralle. Submitted photo

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The Will County Adult Redeploy program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

NACo recognized The Will County Adult Redeploy program in their criminal justice and public safety category because it offers new services to residents, fills gaps in the criminal justice system and taps new revenue sources. The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office with the support of the Will County Board and County Executive applied for a special Illinois grant to help fund new training and expand programming.

“The Adult Redeploy is really a great example of county government stepping up to assist individuals and communities,” said County Board Member and Legislative Committee Chair Suzanne Hart.

Illinois prisons that were designed to hold 34,000 inmates were housing 49,000 people at great expense to county government and residents. Many of the offenders were non-violent.

The Will County Adult Redeploy Program provides new, comprehensive services not found in traditional courts including case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, and anger management. These services help to rehabilitate offenders more quickly than short-term prison sentences which often perpetuate a cycle of recidivism.

Adult Redeploy succeeds in treating habitual offenders in order to reduce substance abuse, increase social productivity, and reduce recidivism. The 2018 goal is to serve 135 participants. A total of 125 are currently in the program setting it on track to reach the goal.

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13-16 in Nashville/Davidson County, Tennessee.