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County Criminal Justice Panel Sets Goals For 2022

February 19th, 2022 Comments off

Members of the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) adopted a 2022 Strategic Plan that commits its members to a series of measures designed to reduce the number of repeat offenders cycling in and out of the system. They also heard an in-depth presentation on “trauma-informed justice” from Robert Reed, one of the state’s leading authorities on the subject. Reed (right) is a former federal prosecutor in Philadelphia now serving as Pennsylvania Executive Deputy Attorney General. He discussed the impact that trauma can have on criminal behavior and on those engaged in law enforcement. Top priorities in the CJAB 2022 Strategic Plan are:

  • Continuation of a Pretrial Diversion Program and development of more comprehensive Re-entry Services for those who are being released from incarceration.
  • Partnering with the National Data-Driven Justice Initiative to guide decision-making and priorities.
  • Transitional living/halfway housing for offenders along with an increased focus on skills training and employment needs.
  • Education and investigation into Medication-Assisted Treatment.
  • Engagement with the national Stepping Up Initiative for criminal offenders with mental health issues.

Following the CJAB meeting, the county’s Re-entry Coalition held its quarterly meeting. Potter is one of 10 counties in the U.S. to be selected for a technical assistance program provided by the State Justice Institute. Its goal is to improve collaboration between the county government, law enforcement, the court system, jail administration, community-based organizations and other partners to achieve their justice and public safety goals.

Help For Homeowners Stressed By COVID-19

February 4th, 2022 Comments off

A program to help Pennsylvania homeowners who meet income guidelines grapple with unforeseen financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched. Assistance is available to prevent and/or ease mortgage delinquencies, defaults, foreclosures, displacement and utility disconnection. A $350 million allotment by the federal government funds the Pa. Homeowner Assistance Fund. It supports homeowners whose household income is at or below 150 percent of the area median income. For more information, visit www.pahaf.org.