Study looks at how to solve TCCC's rising population problem

The population at the Tippecanoe County Community Corrections has increased nearly 50 percent.

Posted: Nov. 7, 2017 6:13 PM
Updated: Nov. 7, 2017 6:37 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The population at the Tippecanoe County Community Corrections has increased nearly 50 percent.

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That's why commissioners approved a $12,000 feasibility study to determine the best ways to expand the facility.

Executive Director Jason Huber says more and more people are being sentenced to community corrections. It's a trend across the state.

They have about 100 people in work release per day and that's expected to increase.

"We want to be ahead of the curve so we don't find ourselves at max capacity and overcapacity and not have the ability to grow," said Huber.

He says it's nice to know these people are getting treatment and are contributing to society while being punished.

Huber said, "There's a time and a place for jail but more often than not I think that community corrections can serve a huge gap that we currently have between the jail and release."

A start date for the study has yet to be determined but we will continue following the story to find out what kind of expansions we can expect.

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