The Jefferson County Community Correction program was presented a check for $20,000 Friday to celebrate meeting performance-based goals.

There are three goals established by the Indiana Department of Correction, the most important of which is the number of Class D felons sent to community corrections compared to prison.

Bruce Lemmon, superintendent of the IDOC, who was in town for the check presentation, said Jefferson County had 36 of its 262 Class D felons go to IDOC.

"That emphasizes to me the partnership in this county," Lemmon said, referring to the ability of community corrections, judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys to work together.

In addition to the proportion of Class D felons going into community corrections, they are also scored on the use of evidence-based practices and the quality of grant applications. All three items are scored together. Jefferson County scored an A, Lemmon said.

The total funding the community corrections program received is $20,932.18. The money comes from additional funds the IDOC didn't spend for community corrections the previous year.

The Jefferson County Community Corrections program started in August 2010. It has 175 offenders enrolled.

After receiving the check, Amber Finnegan, the community corrections director, thanked her staff for all the hard work they've done to make the program a success.

"I don't think the citizens of this county understand the magnitude of what we have here," Finnegan said.