The mission of Dubois County Jail is to provide the local court system with alternative sentencing and to make the community a safer place through a balanced system of evidence-based practices and services to the offenders. Dubois County Community Corrections strives to provide a safe environment, effective management of offenders, and worthwhile programs for offenders that will assist them in life while providing the offenders with an opportunity to maintain their family structure.
In August of 2008 the Dubois County Jail’s capacity to house Work Release offenders increased to 98. Seven new bunk beds were added bring the total beds available to 84 male bunks and 14 female bunks. Adult and Juvenile Community Service are also operated out of the Center. Some of these offenders are sentenced directly from court while others have sentence modifications and are released from the Security Center early.
The Dubois County Jail is a win-win situation for the local and county government as well as the spouses and children of the offenders. As of April 2011, the Jail currently staffs sixteen full-time and four part-time employees.
Dubois County Jail Work Release Program
The work release program is more or less just, what the name implies. The offender is released from incarceration to go to their job then he or she must return to the Dubois County Jail where they are locked in for the night and weekends. Some offenders are sentenced directly to work release by the sentencing court. Others may be in jail and after serving a portion of their sentence petition the sentencing court to have their sentence modified to work release. A few others are transferred in from other counties or from the state prison on what is called the Community Transition Program. CTP is an early release program, which puts local people who are in a state prison on the work release program. These offenders are on work release for a minimum of forty days to as many as one hundred and eighty days. Offenders on work release are felony offenders who have been deemed to be eligible for the program and who are not considered to be a high-risk offender. An offender may spend as little as 30 days to as many as four years or more on work release.