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Eau Claire County may hire to address recidivism

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    The Eau Claire County Board will consider creating a new social worker position at its meeting on Tuesday to help address jail recidivism.

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Eau Claire County is considering to hire a social worker to address the high number of people who return to jail shortly after getting out.

The County Board is scheduled to vote at its 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting at the courthouse, 721 Oxford Ave., on creating the new grant-funded position.

If approved, the new social worker will work with jail staff and local advocates to help people after their release from incarceration.

The position is estimated to cost about $85,000 annually, which will be funded by a Wisconsin Department of Justice re-entry diversion grant the county received in February.

The grant lasts for five years and is worth a total of $400,000. Medical assistance money also may fund a small portion of the position’s cost.

Since 2014, about 175 people have re-entered the county jail five times or more, according to a fact sheet prepared for county supervisors.


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