GREENFIELD — The grass isn’t always greener. Nobody knows that better than the folks at Hancock County Community Corrections.
There’s actually quite a lot of talk about what lies on the other side of the proverbial fence (the building just next door, in fact) and how nobody wants to go there.
For those who have broken the law, being sentenced to time at community corrections provides a second chance – to make things right, to rebuild, to do better next time.
Sitting next door is a solemn reminder of the alternative – the Hancock County Jail.
Community corrections, which allows offenders to work, make money and prepare to re-enter society, serves a unique role in the county’s criminal justice system. It offers judges an option between locking a law-breaker up and setting them free.
Locally, it’s the place that houses those convicted of minor, non-violent crimes, as well as offenders whose criminal histories aren’t too extensive.
In a way, it’s also a nod to a person’s potential. Regardless of an offender’s past, someone believes that with the proper tools, they can turn it all around.
“That’s the whole point of community corrections,” director Pat Powers said. “It’s to not just punish them for what they’ve done but change their behavior. Some of them make it, some of them don’t. Doesn’t stop us from trying.”