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Sheriff Reynolds Honored

Sheriff David Reynolds and Porter-Starke Counseling Center President Dave Lomaka


Outgoing sheriff honored for drug treatment efforts

VALPARAISO: Substance abuse program cut number of re-offenders


This story ran on nwitimes.com on Monday, October 16, 2006 12:11 AM CDT


VALPARAISO | Porter County Sheriff David Reynolds received some criticism when he made the decision to focus on rehabilitating jail inmates rather than just letting them sit around their cells.
Reynolds, who helped turn Porter County Jail's substance abuse education program into one of the most respected jail education programs in the state, was honored at Wednesday's ceremony to honor the inmates graduating from the most recent substance abuse class.

The graduation will be the last one Reynolds will attend as sheriff, since his eight years as sheriff will end Dec. 31.
Reynolds received a clock with a plaque on it from Porter-Starke counseling center President and CEO Dave Lomaka.
Studies show a high percentage of jail inmates have substance abuse issues and that 60 percent to 70 percent of inmates re-offend after being released from jail. Porter County cut that failure rate in half by giving its inmates the tools they need to set out on the road to avoiding drugs and alcohol, according to jail counselors.
Lomaka, in presenting Reynolds his award, said the success is tied to Reynolds' vision.
"It means a lot to me," Reynolds said. "This program will keep going after I leave."
The program has had 688 graduates in the past four years.

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