By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
— LEWISBURG -- The Union County Day Reporting Center will apply for $171,204 in second-year grant funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the commissioners approved at their Tuesday meeting.
The amount “mirrors the same we asked for last time,” said DRC Director Mike Millett. The center won first-year funding in April 2012 and began operations that June.
Under the PCCD rules for the program, this second year will find the county contributing a 50 percent match of the funds, or $85,602. The county submits a budget for the DRC as well.
The third year of grant funding would find the county covering 75 percent of the center’s budget, Millet said. In the fourth year, the county will cover the full expenses, and by then “we’d hope the project will pay for itself,” Millet said, confident that will happen.
“It wouldn’t take much, as expensive as it is it house a prisoner,” he said. By keeping these people out of jail, the county saves $72 per person per day. Millett said Union County already is seeing the savings.
There are about 22 clients served at the center for non-violent offenders, Millett said. These people serve their sentences at the center instead of in prison, crowding an already overcrowded as well as expensive system.
At the center, clients receive counseling, help for substance abuse, learn trades and life skills, learn to further their educations as well as other programs to help them become functioning citizens while serving their sentences.