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Perry County Municipal Court Community Service Program

The Perry County Ohio Municipal Court Community Service Program offers a way for people convicted of a misdemeanor to make reparations to the community.

 

 

 

Perry County Municipal Court Community Service Program

 

 

The Perry County Municipal Court Community Service Program

 

The Perry County Municipal Court Community Service Program offers a way for people convicted of a misdemeanor to make reparations to the community. The Community Service Program works with County, Township, Village, and non-profit organizations within Perry County. People convicted of a misdemeanor may be fined, required to do Community Service, or a combination of both. Required Community Service hours typically range from 20 to 80 hours per conviction.

Common misdemeanor crimes in Ohio include:

  • OVI
  • Possession of a controlled substance (drug charges)
  • Petty theft
  • Unlawful possession of a weapon
  • Resisting arres
  • Violating a restraining order
  • Domestic violence
  • Trespass

 

Community Service work can include:

  • Painting
  • Lawn care
  • Spring cleaning
  • Litter pick up

 

Beneficiaries of Community Service work can include:

County, village, and other public parks

 

Community Service at Work

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The Perry County Municipal Court has resumed our Community Service Program

The Perry County Municipal Court has resumed our Community Service Program while practicing social distancing, under the direction of our new Community Service Officer, Dan Kinsel.

 

 

The Perry County Municipal Court has resumed our Community Service Program

 

 

The Perry County Municipal Court has resumed our Community Service Program while practicing social distancing, under the direction of our new Community Service Officer, Dan Kinsel.

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The Perry County Municipal Court has resumed our Community Service Program

Perry County Municipal Court Community Service Workers - May 5, 2020

Perry County Courthouse to remain open during state of emergency

The Perry County Ohio Courthouse will remain open during the state of emergency caused by the Coronavirus outbreak with limited staff and public access.The Perry County Commissioners recently limited access to the courthouse to the handicap entrance on the West Brown Street side of the building. All other entrances, including the Main Street entrance, will remain closed.

 

 

Perry County Courthouse to remain open during state of emergency

 

 

Perry County Courthouse to remain open during state of emergency

 

NEW LEXINGTON, OHIO - Perry County Courthouse staff and personnel have implemented precautionary measures intended to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. According to the Honorable Judge Dean Wilson, the Ohio Supreme Court issued guidelines for lower courts across the state to follow during the pandemic crisis. The court issued the order last Monday (March 30) in response to Governor Mike DeWine’s recent state of emergency declaration. Perry County Commissioners ordered access to the courthouse building be restricted to lower level entrance at the West Brown Street side of the building. A hand washing station and a sheriff’s deputy are stationed at the lone remaining entrance. The deputy is tasked among other chores with ensuring that each person washes their hands upon entering the facility and that they also provide their contact information. An additional plan to check temperatures of persons who enter the building have yet to be implemented due to a lack of available equipment.

 

According to Judge Wilson, the Perry County Municipal Court offices are closed to the general public and currently accept court payments online or by mail, and that the staff will not accept payments in the office until the state of emergency is lifted. Online payments can be made through the court’s website at www.perrycountycourt.com.

 

Courtroom activities will also be altered temporarily with all appearances for criminal and traffic offenses to be limited to defendants and victims. Judge Wilson has also implemented a scheduling plan that ensures the Perry County Municipal Court remains fully staffed while also maintaining the six-foot social distancing rule, with staff members currently working half shifts that rotate between the morning and afternoon hours. These efforts have been enacted to help minimize the number of people who need to appear at the courthouse building. The court is currently limited to arraignments, which are conducted by video whenever possible and preliminary hearings with a precedence given to cases involving acts of violence including domestic assaults and assaults.

 

The Supreme Court order also affects the time requirements of the court. Any scheduling orders issued on or after March 9 remains in effect, orders issued after March 9 will be reconsidered by the local courts. The order was made retroactive to March 9 to coincide with Governor DeWine’s state of emergency declaration. Despite the access limitations and staff scheduling changes, the Perry County Courthouse will remain open during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

State Justice Inspects New Direction Program

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy recently sat in on an informational meeting with staff of the New Direction program which was held in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Dean Wilson.

 

 

State Justice Inspects New Direction Program

 

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy recently sat in on an informational meeting with staff of the New Direction program which was held in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Dean Wilson.

 

 

 

NEW LEXINGTON - State Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy stopped by the Perry County Courthouse Wednesday (March 4, 2020) to receive an update on the successes of the New Direction program. The New Direction program, under the guidance of the Honorable Judge Dean Wilson, enlists the aid and services of a majority of county entities and service agencies to form a customized recovery plan for individuals who in the recent past would have instead likely faced jail sentences. Since its start-up in 2016, New Direction has taken dozens of cases involving persons charged with non-violent, drug related offenses and offered a second chance and the hope of a productive life as opposed to a prison record.

 

“These kinds of programs are vitally important to families and communities across Ohio,” Justice Kennedy said. “People are afflicted with substance abuse and we need to find solutions to resurrect lives, not just in larger areas but in rural communities and sometimes the harder work is in rural communities where there are transportation issues, poverty issues and educational issues as well.” Justice Kennedy says that she likes to visit all 88 Ohio counties at least one time during the year to learn more about issues that affect the citizens outside of Columbus. Her visit to Perry County allowed her the opportunity to sit in on a New Direction staff meeting where she picked up first-hand information from several of the agencies that have helped to make the program a success.

A ceremony held last fall at the Barn at the Backwoods marked the number of graduates from the program at 35. Officials state that New Direction’s success rate exceeds 86 percent. “It’s a holistic approach and that is why they have success,” said Justice Kennedy. “If you just treat substance abuse but not other issues of someone afflicted, then how can they set their life on a new start, how can they start in a new direction?" Kennedy says that judges are normally limited by sentencing guidelines and statutes, and while those may lead to jail time and community control as a response to an act committed it usually does not help to address the underlying reason for why a person would commit a crime. Often enough the suspects commit those offenses to feed their addictions. “A program that is successful looks at all issues,” said Kennedy. “If we can't fix the other issues that a person is dealing with then how can they have stability?”

“Being a team player, that is what unites us is these different programs working together,” said Theressa Snyder, Executive Director of Perry Behavioral Health Choices. Snyder informed Justice Kennedy that “It’s important that when our clients get through the program that they have developed a sense of self respect and have employment. None of the success of the programs would be possible without the work of all of the agencies involved."

“We care about the people that come here," said another member of the New Direction counseling team. “The clients are our No. 1 priority because they are part of our community and we want our community to do well. Judge Wilson wears his kindness on his sleeve and that comes out with our clients.” Programs that are successful look at a holistic dimension of the person, it's just not one area failing in a person’s life. How can we help sustain them in that new direction.

While New Direction is among the first of its kind in Ohio there are currently more than 100 similar programs across the state. “It’s something that I regret not doing earlier," said Judge Wilson. ”I can’t express enough the appreciation I feel that so many different agencies have a hand in making this program successful and to have anyone from the Supreme Court visit us here to see what we do.” Justice Kennedy was informed of the work agencies such as Perry County Court, Perry Behavioral Health, Perry County Job and Family Services, Allwell Health Services, Perry County Veteran's Services and New Lexington City Schools among the dozens of agencies involved in New Direction, assist those involved with the program. There are currently 41 clients enrolled in the New Direction program.

“For a community that has a judge that wants to engage in doing more, they have to be the catalyst. They are the drivers in making the difference," said Justice Kennedy. “Judge Wilson could just sit on the bench and take trial after trial, he didn't have to embrace a specialty court. Once you start a life change with someone suffering from substance abuse, think of what that does for your community. You have another contributing member of society and I believe that you can change a community one person at a time. It is addition by addition.”

 

New Direction Christmas Party 2019

The Honorable Judge Dean Wilson and the New Direction staff sponsored a Christmas party that was held December 20, 2019 at Fiore’s Bowling Lanes in New Lexington, Ohio. With more than 120 guests of honor at the party (including current participants and family) the event served a dual purpose for the participants, both as a reward for their success within the program and as a means to show that fun can be had without involving drugs or alcohol.

 

 

New Direction Christmas Party 2019

 

 

Participants in the New Direction program found the opportunity to spend some quality time with their families and loved ones during the holidays.

New Direction offers counseling, rehabilitation and other services as an alternative to jail sentences to non-violent offenders facing drug charges as a means to help them conquer their addiction.

The Honorable Judge Dean Wilson and the New Direction staff sponsored a Christmas party that was held Dec. 20 at Fiore’s Bowling Lanes in New Lexington. With more than 120 guests of honor at the party (including current participants and family) the event served a dual purpose for the participants, both as a reward for their success within the program and as a means to show that fun can be had without involving drugs or alcohol.

The mother of one participant said “This is the best Christmas gift that I could have ever asked for, seeing my son, clean and sober, and having fun bowling with his three kids.”

The event was made possible in part, thanks to Fiore’s, with their offering of food and free bowling, plus donations provided by the Perry County Community Club. The organization provided the participants in the New Direction program with gift certificates in the amount of $100 for use at local merchants to help provide Christmas presents for their families. Judge Wilson also donated a door prize for the children attending the party.

The Christmas party has become an annual event held by the staff of New Direction, last year the group brought their participants along for a ride on the Mount Perry Train. “I like that we are able to show our participants that they can have a great time with their kids and have fun without being intoxicated,” said Judge Wilson.

The next event on the New Direction calendar will be a graduation ceremony for those participants that are completing the program, the graduation ceremony is expected to be held in March.
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