Numbers Down On Probation, According to VOA

Numbers Down On Probation, According to VOA

The Johnson County Commissioners heard the quarterly report from VOA, Volunteers Of America, on their Youth Diversion/Probation Program they run for the county.

According to their report, VOA currently has five individuals in their diversion program, none on probation and one in their treatment program.

The numbers obviously fluctuate from month to month, according to Scott Duncan and Todd Richins, with VOA, who gave the report and explained why they thought the numbers were trending the way they are.

Richins said the trend recently has seen a decrease in the number of individuals on probation. He sees a correlation between when Judge Shelley Cundiff took her position as judge in District Four and the fewer numbers of those on probation.

Richins explains why he thinks there is a correlation.

Richins said he and Duncan do not believe the reason the probation numbers have gone down is not because there are fewer kids that need the program, but that it may be that Judge Cundiff may not be entirely familiar with the program, which is different than the one in use in Sheridan County, which she may be more familiar with.

They hope to get information to her and/or discuss the matter with her at some point in the future to bring those using the probation program back up to traditional levels.

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