Porter County plans fees for juveniles on house arrest
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent October 3, 2012 2:32PM
Updated: October 4, 2012 8:39PM
The Porter County Juvenile Detention Center will soon begin charging daily fees for juveniles on house arrest.
Grant money had been paying for the service, but that money is running out, said Alison Cox, director of juvenile detention at the Porter County Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday. The fees, pending approval on a second reading by the commissioners, would be $3 or $5 per day, depending on the level of services the juvenile required.
About 40 children are on house arrest now and that could rise to 50, Cox said. The fees, she said, could eventually pay for a part-time position to help with the program.
Children who are considered a danger to the community would not be eligible for the program, but the program could help lower recidivism rates by keeping juveniles in their home environment.
Also at their meeting on Tuesday, commissioners heard a proposal from Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Walter Lenckos and Stuart Stanfill, president of the Valparaiso Soccer Club, to use 9 acres on Indiana 2 owned by the commissioners for three soccer fields.
The club has been using space at Westside Park, owned by the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation, but needs more fields.
Evans said he liked the idea, and Lenckos said he would present it to the Park Board this week. A memorandum of understanding for the use of the land would be needed as well.