The grants are funded through a $10 community corrections fee imposed in court costs.
Programs offered to participants include counseling for substance abuse and addiction, domestic violence, and anger management, adult basic education, job training, life skills, financial budgeting skills, and smoking cessation.
Community service performed by participants in fiscal 2013 included litter pickup, work at nursing homes, snow removal, and landscaping and lawn care at government offices and locations.
"It's really difficult to accurately make an estimate on the savings," Federspiel said of community corrections, although he noted that many of the 3,862 offenders placed in the program in 2013 otherwise would have been sentenced to prison or jail terms.
"Judges, by and large, are very enthusiastic about community corrections, and about certain people going that way," Canterbury said of the growing numbers of offenders placed in the program.
According to the report, the most common offenses for individuals placed in community corrections are drug-related charges, larceny, embezzlement, fraud or forgery, driving under the influence, domestic battery, and public intoxication.
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