Q&A for Boone County Justice Center

The LIT rate increase for Public Safety was presented as having the long-term benefit of funding this project. Is that still the case? Tom Santelli, County Commissioner: The public safety LIT is different than the Jail Lit with the passage and adoption of Indiana House Enrolled Act 1263, signed by …

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Boone County Board of Commissioners Town Hall Meeting

Boone County Board of Commissioners Town Hall Meeting

On October 28, 2021, the Boone County Commissioners held a town hall meeting in order to inform the community about the need to update Boone County’s criminal justice facilities. The Commissioners are making the slides from their presentation at the town hall meeting available for public review. During the town …

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Advocating for Boone County’s Kids

In October 1965, Sylvia Likens died from what one sheriff described as “Indiana’s most terrible crime.” Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center (Sylvia’s CAC) is dedicated to her memory and to the cause of protecting children from abuse—physical, mental, and sexual—throughout Boone County. What Is Sylvia’s Child Advocacy Center? Sylvia’s CAC is …

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Mental Health America of Boone County: A Healthy Mind Leads to a Healthy Life

Mental Health America of Boone County (MHABC) is a 501(c)(3) organization and a chapter of Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association), the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. With approximately 300 affiliates nationwide, MHABC represents a growing movement of Americans who …

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Boone County Corrections Department on Rising to the Challenges

Boone County Indiana Corrections Department

Michael Nance, executive director of the county’s community corrections department, has been with the department since 2008 and has been its executive director for five years. Nance shared his observations on the status of the county’s home detention, pretrial team, work release, and substance abuse programs amid the growing population. …

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Investing in the County’s Youth Through the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Programs

Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Indiana is part of a bipartisan movement for juvenile justice reinvestment known as the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). JDAI is a public-private partnership being implemented nationwide. For more than 20 years, JDAI has proven that the juvenile justice system’s dual goals of promoting positive youth …

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Boone County Prosecutor Kent Eastwood Echoes the Need for a County Justice Center

Boone County Indiana jail

Boone County Prosecutor Kent Eastwood shared his thoughts on the justice center and explained how it would benefit his office as well as all related county governmental departments. The prosecutor’s office currently houses 30 members of Eastwood’s staff, and they are officially out of space. Additionally, the prosecutors’ caseloads have …

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