CATSKILL — Greene County renewed its alternatives to incarceration funding for almost $6,000 in its yearly application for the state funds.
The county Legislature passed a resolution June 16 allowing the director of Greene County Probation to submit an application to the state for $5,835 to begin July 1.
Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said the state funding application is an annual occurrence for the same dollar amount. Probation Director Alan Frisbee said the amount has been largely unchanged for the last 10 years.
“It’s kind of just a general revenue for the office,” Groden said.
Frisbee said the amount of funding the department receives is based on a formula including people ordered by criminal courts to complete community service.
“The money is based on the number of people assigned to the program and the number of people who complete it,” Frisbee said.
As of May 1, the Greene County Probation Department supervises 229 adults in convicted or adjudicated status, 95 of whom are felons and 134 are misdemeanants; seven adults in pre-trial status, of whom five are for felonies and two are for misdemeanors; and 23 juveniles, according to the department’s website.
Frisbee said the department receives about $128 per person assigned to the program and roughly $167 per person who completes the program.
Greene County’s alternatives to incarceration program has been ongoing since 1986 and “provides the criminal courts with a sentencing alternative through the use of community service for offenders with sentences of adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, conditional discharge or probation,” according to the website, according to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Probation is considered an alternative to incarceration, Groden said. The funding — which began July 1 and will expire June 30, 2022 — is “nothing compared to the departmental budget,” Groden said. The department’s 2021 adopted budget was more than $1.5 million, according to the county budget.
Frisbee said as the department’s expenses increase, state funding has mostly remained the same. The general probation operation also receives about $122,000 from the state annually, a figure that has also remained mostly unchanged, he said.
“It’s not a whole lot of money,” Frisbee said.