GALLIPOLIS – Gallipolis Municipal Judge Eric Mulford recently announced that the municipal court has been selected by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS), Bureau of Community Sanctions, to receive $73,080 in grant funding over the next two state fiscal years to support the continued operation of the court’s probation department.
This funding is in addition to the other grant that the court was awarded recently by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS) as part of the Specialized Docket Payroll Subsidy Project. Mulford said that with the award of the OCJS funds, the salaries for two of the three probation officers employed by the court will be subsidized by state grants. As with the OMHAS grant, Mulford stressed that the OCJS grant did not require a local match, and that the funding will pay for an existing position rather than result in any new employees being hired.
The OCJS grant funding supports the salary of the court’s probation officer who manages the house arrest program.
“With the lack of available local jail space, the house arrest program has proven to be a good jail diversion tool for both pre-trial bond and sentencing options,” Mulford said. “We have the ability, with a probation officer and GPS-monitored equipment, to effectively manage a certain population of offenders in their homes without paying other communities for jail beds. I’ve also found that the majority of our house arrest clients successfully complete the program and have a lower risk of re-offending than the general population of offenders.”
Mulford said that capturing every possible grant dollar for the court’s operation was important because it represented bringing tax dollars back into the community to fund services that the court would otherwise be providing with additional money from the county and city general funds.
For more information about the Gallipolis Municipal Court, or the services provided by the probation department, contact the Bailiff at (740) 446-9400, Ext. 226.