Howard County seeks site, funds for work release program

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KOKOMO, Ind. (AP) — Sweeping changes to Indiana’s criminal code are spurring Howard County to seek funding and a location for a work release program.

The changes that took effect July 1 will send more nonviolent criminals to community corrections programs and jails instead of state prisons. That has raised concern about jail crowding.

Howard County has been considering a work release program but has gone back to the drawing board after a study showed the former jail wasn’t a feasible location.

Adult Community Corrections Director Ray Tetrault tells the Kokomo Tribune finding a location is becoming more urgent under the new sentencing guidelines.

Of 197 people housed in the county’s jail in January, 113 could have been sentenced under the new guidelines if their cases had been filed after July 1. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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