On Wednesday, October 8, the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners announced the findings and recommendations that came from the Lancaster County Crime Summit that was held from June 11-13, 2008. Click here to download the entire report.
Over the three-day Summit, teams of people from law enforcement, the corrections system, community-based and faith-based organizations, community advocacy groups and others met to discuss the issues and make recommendations for the Commissioners. The first day focused on law enforcement, the second day on re-entry of offenders into the community, and the third day revolved around the prevention of crime.
Recommendations were varied but did bring into focus some public policy priorities from the people who are most involved. Scott Sheely, Chair of the Lancaster County Re-Entry Management Organization, commented that “our people were sure that, with the right coordination of services between the formal corrections system and the broad network of community and faith-based providers, we could positively effect the need to build a new prison in Lancaster County”. A day-report center was on the list of recommendations of the participants from the re-entry management system.
Going forward, the Commissioners will consider the recommendations from the Summit as they plan for human services in the County.