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Increased funding approved for criminal rehabilitation services

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More money will be going towards felony offender rehabilitation services.

The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors has approved the request for $400,000 made by the probation department.

Half a million was budgeted originally, but these funds were exhausted and more was needed to make it to the end of the fiscal year.

This money goes towards putting offenders into residential drug treatment programs and housing.

Over 200 probationers benefit from these programs.

"The funding is critical,” said Humboldt County Chief Probation Officer, Bill Damiano, “If we can't get offenders into programs that help them address their substance abuse issues and put them into safe and sober housing so that they don't go back to their anti-social friends, they don't go back to their criminal behaviors - that's really the critical piece. We're spending a lot of effort to help these people change their behavior and get into a more pro-social way of living."