Officials at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio are giving serious consideration to closing the work release program at the regional jail.
At the board meeting this week, CCNO Executive Director Jim Dennis said jail officials have been studying the participation in the work release program at CCNO for the past year as participation continues to drop, costs continue to increase and technological advancements continue to improve for GPS supervision. The two-story building constructed in 1990 was originally designated for work release but now houses minimum security offenders with only a few work release participants.
Dennis said in the past there were 75 to 80 work release participants per day compared to seven today. Research provided to board members showed that the average work release participant spends more than half their time at work or on the road while the bed remains reserved for the entire day.
Jail officials are recommending area judges use more technological advances — such as GPS — which has the capability to track the participant at all times. Currently, there is no tracking mechanism under the work release program.
The proposed closing of the work release program will be further studied, and a decision on the matter is expecte at the June meeting.