Sat. 11:32am: Work program may get financial boost

WARREN – A program allowing people convicted of non-violent misdemeanors to work off their fines and jail sentences may get a significant financial assistance later this year if Warren Administrative Judge Thomas Gysegem has anything to do with it.

Gysegem is trying to determine if the municipal court has enough available money to give the alternative sentencing program an additional $10,000 to the $20,000 it already provided this year.

The nearly 16 month-old program gives people with misdemeanor charges and fines the opportunity to pay their debt without spending time in county jail.

Instead, they can work with local community revitalization group Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership on a variety of projects, including boarding up abandoned houses, maintaining abandoned properties and cleaning up Courthouse Square, among other projects.

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