Union Co. receives $72,000 grant increase to reduce juvenile crime

Published: Dec. 29, 2014 at 10:51 PM CST
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UNION COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - A Union County, Illinois grant has been increased by $72,000, according to State's Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds.

The Union County Redeploy Illinois grant was increased for the current fiscal year by $72,000 for a total of $311,000.

The program provides services to at-risk youth to reduce juvenile crime and  lower incarceration costs for taxpayers. It is funded through a grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services.

Administered through the Union County government, the program currently serves Union, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope and Saline Counties in the First Judicial Circuit.

"Working proactively to reduce juvenile crime makes our communities safer and saves taxpayer money," Edmonds said. "The Redeploy program has seen great results in Union County and I am hopeful that the increase in funding will keep more kids on the right track and off of a path straight to the adult criminal system."

It operates using a three-prong model.

The first prong is to stabilize the youth safely in the community so that services may be provided. GPS ankle monitors with 24-hour surveillance capabilities are used for this purpose and are funded by the Redeploy grant.

The second prong is assessment and case planning. Redeploy acts as a hub where assessments and case plans created by probation officers and service providers are centralized, and ongoing data is recorded both to measure the effectiveness of the plan for the individual youth and to track trend data to measure the effectiveness of the program as a whole.

The third prong is the actual provision of services. Redeploy keeps centralized, ever-evolving list of services available in the participating counties, and funds transportation of youth to services that are determined to be appropriate based on the youth's assessment results.

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