The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Mifflinburg Region

January 31, 2013

Keys in hand, Union Co day reporting center moves in

It's moving day for the Union County Day Reporting Center, taking residence in its permanent home at the former Armory on Hafer Road.

Officials took the keys a few weeks ago and have been painting and sprucing up for the 17 people who use the center to fulfill their sentences, said Director Michael Millett.

The county got the property following a deal with the U.S. Army in which it bought it for $1.

"It's been a scramble" to get in the building, said County Commissioner Preston Boop, who helped in starting the facility for non-violent offenders. "But we don't want to pay rent another month's rent" on its space at the Union County Community Services Center, which the Housing Authority owns.

The center went in there last June to get up and running while awaiting word on the armory property.

Pennsylvania now has about 10 of these centers, which offer an alternative to those convicted of low-level crimes such as shoplifting or DUI first offenders.

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