In just two months, the Day Report Center has already created a number of positive changes in Raleigh County.
The Day Report Center, a community-based correctional program, is designed to provide substance abuse treatment, drug testing and educational programs for its clients, as well as community service-related activities for the community.
In July and August alone, the community service crews from the center collected 6,000 pounds of garbage from illegal dump sites.
Charles Briscoe, community service supervisor for the Day Report Center, said the crews have recently worked in Glen Morgan and at Beckley’s Babe Ruth Park, collecting litter, weed-eating and removing brush.
The guys have also assisted One Voice, a faith-based rehabilitation organization, with interior work and brush cutting.
“A lot of these guys put forth great effort,” Briscoe said.
Day Report is sometimes assigned by a judge as a condition of bond, but the program can be used in conjunction with home incarceration or probation, or even as a direct sentence.
The center is being led by Jimmy Miller, who has over 20 years experience in law enforcement. Both he and Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge H.L. Kirkpatrick III have expressed their belief in the benefits of the program.
Kirkpatrick said he believes Day Report can help defendants reintegrate into society and become lawful citizens.
“It really helps a lot of guys,” Briscoe commented. “I’ve seen several success stories. It changes their lives a lot.”
One of the Day Report clients, Nick Gillespie of Sophia, said he’s been working with the Community Service division for about a month now.
“I’ve been removing brush, clearing dump sites for litter control and cutting grass,” Gillespie said.
He said Day Report can be difficult at times, but he enjoys the manual labor involved in the cleanup projects, and he especially enjoys knowing his work is benefiting the community.
John Zilinski, Raleigh County Emergency Operations Center director, said he, too, can see the benefits of the program.
The community service crews have mowed grass and removed brush from several 911 tower sites, landscaped at the 911 Center and helped clean the U.S. Department of Agriculture building obtained by the EOC.
“When the tornado happened at Ghent, the guys ran wood-chippers to help folks remove debris from their yards,” Zilinski said.
He said the hard-working crews have also helped the EOC erect green street signs.
Mark Wilson, assistant director of the EOC, added, “Once they get fully organized, they’ll be an awesome asset to the community and the county.”
Anyone interested in utilizing the services of the Community Service division may call Jimmy Miller or Charles Briscoe at 304-255-3796.
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