Rehabilitation programs offered at county’s Alpha and Omega House
MOUNT VERNON — County officials hope increased coordination with local agencies and adult probation will reduce criminal recidivism and lead many drug-related offenders to recovery.
Probation and such agencies as the Freedom Center and Opportunity Knox will come together on a weekly basis in the county-owned Alpha and Omega House. According to Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel, the programs offered at the house will have a focus on developing alternatives to incarceration.
The house, at 118 E. High St., represents an investment of more than $400,000 in county and state dollars toward rehabilitation and recovery of criminal offenders.
The programming at the house is made possible by a two-year, $260,562 Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison (TCAP) grant. The TCAP program is a state initiative aimed at keeping low-level felony offenders in their communities under supervision, rather than being sent to prison.