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For nearly a decade, Scott County has been shorted community corrections funding — up to $150,000 a year.
In a complicated system that funds supervision of offenders outside of jails and prisons, Scott County has fallen through the cracks. Now, it is pushing for full funding this legislative session, amid a larger effort by 32 counties to simplify the funding model and bring in more state money.
Under state law, counties can choose to deliver correctional services for all offenders, rather than rely on the state to do it. When Scott County shifted to supervising everyone in 2006, some state money to support the move didn't materialize. The county calculated it has missed out on $80,000 to $150,000 per year.