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Local Community Corrections Keeping Up With Demand

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While some accused criminals are forced to remain in jail after their arrest, those charged with less violent crimes have other options. The Community Corrections Office for Lewis, Upshur, and Braxton counties is helping to keep tabs on those people and give them some help wherever they may need it.

"Incarceration pretty much just jails then until they get done, or probation, they just monitor them to make sure they don't get in trouble, we take it one step further and try to make it to where we give them opportunities. We help them build their resumes," said Upshur County Deputy Rodney Rolenson, who works with the organization in its main Buckhannon office.

But this year's been busy. Law enforcement in Lewis County alone have made more than 90 drug arrests in the first half of 2013. But Rolenson said even if they can't handle the load there, their clients will still be able to get the assistance they're after.

"If our meetings and classes get too big, we can set them up with a church, a local church for AA meetings. If our classes get to where we can't handle them as far as a counselor goes, we can utilize Appalachian Mental Health or we can go and get a private psychiatrist or psychologist," Rolenson said.

The program doesn't just help its clients. Deputies in Lewis County said having the extra accountability is good for the community as well.

"If they're going to be out in public, it's better for them to be under somebody's thumb where they're getting tested and they're doing what they're supposed to be doing," said Chief Deputy Randy Hyre.

The program is mainly grant funded, and like many groups, they're facing a tough year, thanks to budget cuts around the country.