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Letter To The Editor - Prosecuter Reflects

 

Jeffery W. Wible

LaGrange County

Prosecuting Attorney

 

To the Editor:

     Today I write to reflect upon 2012, which was our 10th full year in the LaGrange County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Before doing so, I wanted to thank the public again for having this opportunity. My family and I are grateful.

     In the past, it has always been our goal to collect $2 million in child support per year. In 2011, the Child Support Division of the Prosecutor’s Office collected $1,994,906. In 2012, the office collected $1,988,791. Though this amount is just short of our goal, I am pleased with it, given that we have less than full local employment in 2012. Assuming that the local unemployment numbers do not rise, the continued establishment of paternity and support orders should lead to greater collection of child support in the future. Additionally, the Child Support Division of the Prosecutor’s Office received $13,681 in performance incentive money from the federal government and was reimbursed $101,481.55 from the state government for child support expenses.

     Calendar year 2012 saw a decrease in the amount of executed jail sentences for felony offenders when compared to calendar year 2011. In calendar year 2011, 264 years were ordered executed by our Circuit and Superior Courts for the commission of felonies. In 2012, the amount of executed time for convicted felons was 208 years. It is also important to report that of all the misdemeanor and felony cases passed upon by the Indiana Appellate Courts, only one case was reversed on appeal. I am certain that both courts are working hard to make sure that the law is followed. In the Prosecutor’s Office, we are going to continue to seek the very highest standard of justice while making sure that felony offenders receive appropriate sentences.

     During calendar year 2012, we collected more restitution than in calendar year 2011, when we collected $103,498.98. In 2012, we collected $198,609.75. This amount consisted of $40,720.01 from collecting bad checks, $50,614.99 in collections in cases not involving bad checks, and $1,994.93 in restitution on behalf of the LaGrange County Public Library in 2012. We collected extradition costs in the amount of $105,279.82 which was approximately $100,000 more than we collected in 2011. That said, $100,000 of the extradition that we did collect came from one individual who had fled the country.

     With respect to the county’s infraction deferral program (speeding tickets), we collected $213,736 which was an increase from 2011, when we collected $127,547. Part of the infraction deferral money that is collected is also used to offset the salaries of both deputy prosecutors, as well as our paralegal’s salary which amounts to more than $50,000. Additionally in 2012, we spent $12,797.99 for the purchase of bulletproof glass at the LaGrange County Sheriff’s Department and at the Prosecutor’s Office. It would be my hope that in the future we could spend more infraction deferral money for these types of law enforcement related purposes.

     I am looking forward to the rest of this year and this term. Finally, I want to thank the public for its continued support.