By. Brent Wilson, Field Officer
In the interest of fostering better communication with localities, Neil Goodloe, Criminal Justice Planner for the Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board, addressed the Greene County Board of Supervisors at their December 8, 2015 meeting.
The purpose of the TJA-CCJB is to oversee the operation of the Community Diversion Incentive Program that is funded by the State to divert non-violent felons to community service/treatment and away from prison. The participating localities include Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange, and Nelson Counties.
Goodloe, who has spent most of his career as a parole officer, started with TJA-CCJB in January 2015 is in the process of meeting each of the counties in the area that belong to the Central Virginia Regional Board Authority.
Greene County contributes nearly $1 million to the running of the Central Virginia Regional Jail. Goodloe presented an inmate population entry data analysis with the intent of reducing operating costs and improving public safety.
- The first category is those being held that are unable to raise bond and pose no risk. This was represents nearly half of the inmate population in the past two years.
- The second category is state prisoners being held locally and the state only provides $12/day – a fraction of the actual cost.
- The third category is federal prisoners.
One of Goodloe’s objectives with this new communication strategy from the TJA-CCJB is to keep local Boards of Supervisors apprised of the CVRJ operational issues going forward. His main focus is to help localities understand mental health issues and is concerned that as a community, we may not be identifying everyone who needs assistance.
He presented violent crime data that show that Greene County has the largest reduction of all counties in the surrounding area – 59.3%. In addition, Greene County has the largest reduction in domestic violence crime – 33.3%.
He further explained that Greene County is the only county that does not financially support his position. Supervisor Bill Martin (Stanardsville) asked what would the cost be for Greene County and Goodloe directed him to his supervisor – Pat Smith .
Goodloe was complimentary of CVRJ’s re-entry wing currently under construction. He questioned what would be the best use of the facility and provide the greatest return to the taxpayers funding the jail.
Supervisor Jim Frydl questioned why when the crime rate is dropping with inmate population is increasing. Goodloe speculated that law enforcement is more efficient in solving crime and therefore more go to prison.
Chairman David Cox thanked Goodloe for coming to address the Board of Supervisors and asked that he come to update them on the future.
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