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Jail Program Aims to Reduce Recidivism

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Thanks to a $750,000 dollar grant from the Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and Cayuga Counseling Services are partnering to expand programs for incarcerated individuals.

Sheriff Brian Schenck is hopeful the program will reduce repeat offenders. Speaking on FLX Morning with Ted Baker, Schecnk said “our primary goal is certainly to better the lives of those serving time [at the jail] for whatever reason, but we’re trying to reduce recidivism. It’s really a public safety initiative, as well, to reduce recidivism.”

Sarah VanDoren with Cayuga Counseling was also on the program. She says she has four fulltime staff located within the jail, including one therapist and two caseworkers.

The therapist is able to engage with the incarcerated not only while they’re in jail, but also once they get out.

Similarly the caseworkers work with individuals on both sides of incarceration. They offer parenting programs, partner with BOCES for vocational training, and teach life skills, such as opening a bank account.

The grant also has a research component, allowing staff to see what services have the most impact on individuals both in jail and in the outside community.

FLX MORNING PODCAST – Cayuga Co Sheriff Brian Schenck, Sarah VanDoren, Cayuga Counseling Service

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