New Lake County juvie judge moving on Gary court presence
Post-Tribune staff report June 7, 2013 6:18PM
Updated: July 9, 2013 6:13AM
Lake County’s new juvenile court judge is taking steps to make good on a promise to re-establish a juvenile court presence in Gary.
Lake Superior Court Judge Thomas Stefaniak Jr. said within about a month he anticipates that the juvenile system’s secure detention alternative will be operating out of space in the Lake County Courthouse in Gary a couple days a week.
Offenders in the Lake County Community Corrections program will frame out office space, paint, clean and install carpet.
The secure detention alternative program would be staffed two days a week “to better serve our north county population,” the judge said. The program has three levels: in-house detention where children may be monitored electronically while on house arrest; two levels of intensive probation; and a truancy intervention program aimed at children who skip school.
Other juvenile programs are operated out the Lake County Juvenile Justice Center on 93rd Avenue west of Main Street near the government center in Crown Point.