ELYRIA — The Lorain County Adult Probation Department was awarded the 2017 Clifford Skeen Award by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The Adult Probation Department will receive the award in recognition of its programming and dedication to serving the offenders on its caseloads. Chief probation Officer Beth Cwalina said she “credits her staff for their hard work, the officers’ dedication to addressing the needs of offenders, as well as community involvement.”
“The staff at Adult Probation works as a team and is committed to excellence in corrections through programming, cognitive behavioral changes and offering treatment options,” Cwalina said. “Our goal is to facilitate rehabilitative efforts for offenders, which in turn results in a safer environment for the residents of Lorain County.”
Supervising offenders includes conducting home visits, scheduled office visits, random urinalysis and making the appropriate referrals to community and treatment agencies.
The Clifford Skeen Award was initiated as part of former Gov. George Voinovich’s administration to demonstrate commitment to community corrections as a viable alternative to incarceration. The award is given in honor of the late, eight-term Ohio representative, Clifford Skeen, who sponsored the Community Correction Act passed by the Ohio Legislature in July 1979.
The purpose of the act was to reduce the number of non-dangerous offenders being sent to state prisons. During Skeen’s legislative career, he was active in community corrections.
He sponsored funding for additional halfway houses throughout Ohio and was instrumental in obtaining increased funding for other community corrections initiatives. The award bearing his name is presented annually to residential and non-residential programs in recognition of excellence in community corrections.
The award will be presented Oct. 12 during the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections’ annual conference in Columbus.