Jail alternative program recipients

Funding for out-of-system jail alternative programs included $1,087,550 split among 10 agencies for the period between Sept. 1, 2004, to Aug. 31, 2005. Funding for the programs was derived from Winnebago County’s 1 percent jail tax, which collected $52,440,306 from local consumers from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2005.

Below is a list of those agencies and the amount they received during that time, in order of magnitude:

Rosecrance: $214,987; substance abuse specialist;

Rockford Reachout Jail Ministry: $183,458; Faith-based organization that spiritually counseled inmates on drug, alcohol and literacy issues;

Janet Wattles Center: $173,720; mental health agency that teaches law enforcement on how to recognize and deal with mentally ill suspects;

Salvation Army: $138,534; Faith-based agency that helped convicted offenders stay out of incarceration.

TASC: $131,017; substance abuse specialist;

Carpenter’s Place: $75,487; homeless advocate that helped suspects with life and legal challenges;

The Promised Land Employment Service; $75,000; a not-for-profit education organization;

Literacy Council: $31,894; offered literacy training and at-risk programs for youth;

Family Counseling: $35,527; provided training to suspects for coping with domestic-related issues;

Rock Valley College: $27,926; community college that offered General Education Degree opportunities and computer-based training.

From the Nov. 16-22, 2005, issue

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