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UPRR Donates to Boone County Probation

posted Oct 15, 2009, 8:02 AM by Jane Sterenberg   [ updated Oct 11, 2017, 3:14 PM ]

Raise Awareness

posted Oct 15, 2009, 7:59 AM by Jane Sterenberg   [ updated Aug 22, 2019, 2:04 PM ]

Diane Hinderaker, the Executive Director of Boone County Probation. BCP is hoping to raise awareness about the program and what it does in the community.

BCP was started in 1985 and is a community-based, non-profit organization. They manage probation services for Boone County and work with those involved in the adult and juvenile court systems. Their mission “is to enhance community safety and facilitate positive changes in both the adult and juvenile offender.”

Hinderaker said they take low-level offenders and take them off the court and county’s plate. Individuals who have committed more serious offenses or felonies are handled by the court, rather than BCP.

While the individuals are under BCP staff supervision, the staff members work with them to make sure their restitution and fines are paid. The staff also helps connect the clients to other services and organizations that can assist the them.

“It’s something the county can do, but it’s one less thing they have to do,” Hinderaker said.

BCP supervisors meet with youth on Saturdays to perform community service. While a majority of the community service activities are done in Boone, Hinderaker said work can be done anywhere in Boone County. She encourages anyone who is in need of volunteers, whether it is long-term or short-term, to contact the BCP.

The organization also works with probation officers from the Boone Police Department.

“They know the families and community well,” Hinderaker said of the officers.

Currently, BCP is serving approximately 125 clients, with a majority of them being males. They do see repeat offenders, but the number of clients who come back to BCP has remained steady, Hinderaker said.

In 2014, BCP served 239 adults, 156 of which were assigned to BCP for probation for having committed serious crimes, such as operating while intoxicated, domestic abuse and drug related crimes. Eighty-seven percent of those individuals did not re-offend and were not placed on probation again.

Funding for BCP primarily comes from the Boone County Board of Supervisors, the City of Boone and grants.

“We need to be continually thinking about ways to raise money,” Hinderaker said.

This month, BCP kicked off their annual pledge drive to raise additional funds for the program. Hinderaker encourages everyone to consider contributing to the campaign in order to help BCP continue to offer their services for the betterment of individuals and the community. Donations can be directed to Boone County Probation, 105 S. Marshall St. Suite A, Boone, Iowa 50036.

Moving forward, Hinderaker said she would like to begin offering presentations on a variety of substance abuse and mental health topics to families. She would also like it to be made mandatory that offenders take classes to educate themselves about substance abuse.

“If we have them because of probation, why not give them all the information we can about other programs,” Hinderaker said.

Overall, Hinderaker said the community has been really receptive of the BCP program.

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