Probation Program First Of Its Kind In Tennessee
A probation program in Johnson City that began in July is the first of its kind in the state and is receiving its first reviews from the state.
The Johnson City Police Department found that the city was lacking a central location with the services that probationers required, and so got a federal grant to start the Day Reporting Center.
The Center focuses on serious, nonviolent offenders, who are required to visit the center for therapy and take classes, which include employment training, online research, and relationship and parenting classes.
Judges pick those who participate in the program. Center manager Ashton Belcher said the program is stricter than house arrest.