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Posted on: January 5, 2024

Fourth Judicial District Community Corrections Relocates

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Fourth Judicial District Community Corrections is proud to announce its recent move to a new location, aimed at providing enhanced security, confidentiality, and improved facilities for both staff and clients. 

The department moved from its previous location within the Franklin County Annex to 226 S. Beech Street in Ottawa, the former Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), in December 2023. 

In 2022, Franklin County ceased juvenile detention operations. Remaining personnel and some department functions were brought under Community Corrections. Juvenile Intake and Assessment Services continued to be conducted at the JDC but many areas of the building were largely unused.

This relocation ensures that all functions of the department are consolidated in one convenient space, with meeting rooms and an open area for group meetings and classes. This streamlines operations and improves efficiency, allowing staff members to collaborate more effectively and provide better services to the community.

The previous space, located within a very public building, posed challenges in maintaining confidentiality. The new location addresses this concern by offering dedicated meeting rooms where clients can meet with staff and discuss confidential information without fear of compromising their privacy.

Finally, with the move, Franklin County can continue using a building designed specifically for the criminal justice system, and with minimal alterations. 

“Community Corrections is excited to join the offices of the Sheriff and the County Attorney at the Franklin County Criminal Justice Facility,” said Dustin Browning, Director of Community Corrections. “The Beech Street location provides many possibilities as we aim to fulfill a vision of meeting many needs in one space to better serve our community. Franklin County has recognized this vision and we appreciate the support the County has given to us.”

“I am excited about this transition for our Community Corrections Department,” said Franklin County Administrator Derek Brown. “It allows the department to continue its vital work as efficiently as possible while ensuring the safety and well-being of staff and clients.”

Fourth Judicial District Community Corrections provides community-based assessment, supervision, and prevention services for adults and juveniles residing in Franklin, Anderson, Coffey, and Osage Counties.

This relocation represents a significant step forward in serving the community and upholding the values of Fourth Judicial District Community Corrections. The public is invited to come and see the new space at 8 a.m. on Friday, April 5, 2024, at a Chamber Coffee and Open House.

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