Licking County’s Court of Common Pleas Adult Probation and the Municipal Court Adult Probation Department as well as the Morgan
County Court Adult Probation Department will see part of $34 million in grants to local probation departments and courts through the Ohio Prison’s Department.
The grants will pay for community alternatives to prison, such as substance abuse treatment programs and electronic monitoring, in the hope of reducing crime and keeping low level, non violent offenders out of prison.
In total Licking County will see over $760,000 in grant money, while Morgan County will see just over $73,000.
The grants were authorized under a 2011 law meant to reduce the prison population by rethinking sentences for lesser offenders and ensuring newly released inmates don’t end up behind bars again.
Ohio prisons hold about 50,000 inmates and are about 130 percent over capacity.