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10/4/2013 7:49:00 AM
Program for probation called "Thinking for a Change"

Kevin Caufield
NewsTribune Reporter

OTTAWA — A program under development within the La Salle County probation department aims to reduce the number of repeat offenders through behavior modification.

“Thinking for a Change” will be an integrated, cognitive behavioral change program for offenders that will include cognitive restructuring, social skills development and development of problem solving skills. Probation officials hope to have the program start in February.
“If you can change what’s on the inside, you can change what’s on the outside, which is their behavior,” said La Salle County supervisor of adult probation Andy Ceresa. “Research has shown this program is successful in reducing recidivism.”

Participants for the program will be chosen through referrals made by probation officers and judges throughout La Salle, Bureau and Grundy counties. The classes are expected to be in groups of about 14 that will meet weekly for about two hours.

During class, participants will learn and conduct exercises that will teach them how to find better solutions to problems, change their attitudes and develop better social skills.
The program was developed by the National Institute of Corrections and has been successful throughout many states in bringing down crime rates, Ceresa said.

Funding for the program will come from existing probation department fees. However, the county board will need to approve a new line item of about $4,000 to provide incentives for participants to stay in the program. Those incentives involve gas card drawings or other rewards for demonstrating success in the program.

“The data shows that by offering these incentives it encourages participants to not only participate in the program but to want to succeed,” Ceresa said.

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