CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A Lake County court is taking a unique approach to helping offenders return to their communities.
The Community Transition Court spends up to a year working with inmates and helps them get their driving privileges restored and find employment.
The Times in Munster reports 37 inmates have graduated since 2011.
Lake Criminal Court Magistrate Kathleen Sullivan says the court is unique among similar programs in the state because it has expanded the transition time by six months to give inmates "a better shot at making it when they get out."
Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez oversees the court and shares the caseload of about 50 inmates with Sullivan. Inmates head to court weekly.
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