Gemeinschaft Home has submitted a formal bid to create a new program in collaboration with Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg.
In an effort to address the problem of jail overcrowding in the Shenandoah Valley, the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County issued a public call in August for proposals to establish a Day Reporting Center (DRC) in the local area.
A Day Reporting Center would provide an alternative to incarceration for certain individuals who have been charged with a crime and are awaiting trial--yet cannot afford to make bail.
Rather than being confined to the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional jail until their trial date, individuals would instead be able to sustain employment, childcare, and other obligations, by participating in the program.
Such individuals, often first-time offenders, would be subject to intensive supervision, ongoing drug screens, and receive case management, counseling, and referrals to community services.
According to a recent article in Harrisonburg’s Daily News-Record, Gemeinschaft Home was the only organization to submit a bid by the August 26th deadline. Gemeinschaft Home seeks to establish a Day Report Center in addition to its existing residential re-entry program, which would still operate on the property.
The two programs would function independently, with no interaction between the participants. If approved, Gemeinschaft Home would begin contract negotiations with local officials to iron out the finer details, with an official launch date to be announced in the coming months.
(Source: Cornell, Ryan. “County Gets Proposal for Day Reporting Facility.” Daily News-Record [Harrisonburg, VA] 28 Aug. 2015.)