BUCKHANNON — On Thursday, the Upshur County Commission listened to presentations on Upshur County Corrections and Upshur County Home Confinement reports for the year 2021. The corrections report was announced by Cheyenne Troxell, Program Director for the 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections. Troxell also presented the Upshur County Home Confinement report on behalf of Home Confinement Supervisor Sargent Rodney Rolenson.
According to Troxell, “For the year of 2021, Community Corrections has saved Upshur County $1,042,200 in regional jail fees.” She elaborated that this savings is based on a six-month sentence for offenders, but many offenders in the program have sentences longer than six months. Additionally, Troxell said that Community Corrections received 120 referrals from Upshur County in 2021 and are broken down as follows: 71 from magistrates, four from probation, 11 from circuit court, one from parole and 33 from other sources, such as the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR). Troxell also informed the Upshur County Commission that the 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections services Lewis County as well. Between the two counties, the savings in regional jail fees totals $2,970,270.
In addition to the savings noted above, Troxell spoke on the benefits the Community Corrections Program has on Upshur County. She stated, “By reducing regional jail fees, reducing recidivism rates, completing community service projects and providing services to help fight the battle of substance abuse are all benefits to the county.” Troxell displayed a lot of passion on the community issues with drugs, explaining, “Our office strives to provide guidance and services to offenders, in hopes of becoming substance free productive members of society.” She also noted that anyone, not just offenders, can seek treatment and services at their office.
Troxell then proceeded to present the Upshur County Home Confinement with documentation submitted by home confinement supervisor Sargent Rodney Rolensen. She announced that Upshur County saved $277,920 in regional jail fees through the Home Confinement Program for the year 2021. This was based on a three-month sentence. Additionally, the program collected $66,759.10 in home confinement fees. Upshur County paid Scram $14,859.02 for GPS monitoring. According to the data presented Troxell noted this showed a profit of $51,900.08 for the year. It was also noted that Home Confinement had a total of 64 referrals in 2021, in which 42 were completed successfully. Another 18 were violations, two were absconded, and 13 remain on home confinement.
Troxell also reported that with Community Corrections, there are now no longer barriers to treatment and services. She reports that counseling services can be provided through tele-health and zoom meetings. Additionally, transportation services are available for appointments. One thing that Troxell was very excited about was that with the development of the tele-health services, treatment and other services can be provided without barriers. She did speak on the fact that some individuals utilizing their services may not have access to phone or computer and stated that the Community Corrections offices have phones and tablets available for use. She also noted that in general, wait times for treatment and rehab facilities used to have a wait time of up to 30 days and it has dramatically decreased to as soon as two or three days to have a unit or bed available for an individual. The 26th Judicial Circuit Community Corrections Center can be reached at (304) 472-9548 and or through their Facebook page.
In addition to these presentations, Upshur County Commission approved the following; approval and signature of 2022 Board of Review and Equalization meeting minutes, review and approval of the Upshur County Emergency Operations Plan Incident Annex: Pandemic, approval and signature of Resolution of Participation for the WV Certified Development (CDC) Program for the Upshur County Development Authority, approval of Upshur County Sheriff’s Department Volunteer Devin Taylor, effective January 28,2022, approval of Lewis-Upshur Animal Control Facility volunteer Christian Andrew Warner-Ford, correspondence from Kimbra Wachob, Upshur County Emergency Communications Center Assistant Director, requesting the employment of Brittany Reinking as a full-time telecommunicator effective March 7, 2022, and correspondence from Carol Smith, Upshur County Clerk requesting the employment of Lora Bragg as a full-time Deputy Clerk effective March 7, 2022 pending background check results.