Jack Horton's 22 years of experience as a former county manager for Swain and Macon counties have given him a different perspective of CJPP. Horton presently manages Haywood County, which receives $70,204 in annual grant awards (versus $410,178 for Mecklenburg County).
In tobacco-growing northeastern North Carolina, Lorenzo Carmon, manager of Edgecombe County, helps to fiscally oversee the CJPP grant amount of $75,311 and believes it is vital in this era of shrinking government aid to monitor programs carefully, pool resources and avoid duplicating services.
The key word in CJPP is partnership because the state provides the grant-allocated monies based on a formula per county, and the counties provide any additional funds needed to make the program work.
In 2002, CJPP underwent its greatest challenge thus far.
Taking a proactive stance, the Division of Community Corrections began identifying cost-saving measures in selected programs that exemplified CJPP's worth.
Today, CJPP is active in 92 of North Carolina's 100 counties.
CJPP's 21 day reporting centers require offenders to report daily and complete a structured set of activities, including substance abuse treatment.
Success rates for completion of CJPP average between 37 percent and 43 percent statewide, depending on the county, services offered and the strength of CJPP through its local partnership support.
The instances in which offenders go beyond the program requirements and make life-altering changes are the real success stories and make the program truly worth fighting for, CJPP managers have said.
CJPP had just been implemented in the rural county where John lived.
He said that without the resources available through CJPP and the dedication of those who worked so hard on his behalf, he would be serving time in prison.
According to one CJPP client, the program and its counselors help him with day-to-day decisions that keep him out of jail.