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Municipal Court awarded state grant

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has awarded Mansfield Municipal Court a $296,000 grant.

The grant will be used for improvements for the probation department. The improvements include the expansion of programs at the Community Alternative Center which offers sentencing options for offenders, enhancing training for probation officers and the set up of a new remote kiosk for low-risk offenders on probation.

The test kiosk will be placed on the first floor of the city building. Individuals on probation will have their palm print scanned, a photo taken and be required to answer questions from the probation officer. The information collected will be forwarded to the probation officer for monitoring.

The goal is to re-assign probation officers to higher-risk probationers who require intensive supervision such as those charged with assault, domestic violence and multiple crimes.

The probation department oversees 2,500 offenders annually.

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