The 18th Judicial Circuit, Pettis County, Mo. Juvenile Office was recently notified they were awarded a grant for $19,000.00.

The Honorable Judge Robert L. Koffman. Presiding Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit, which consists of Pettis and Cooper Counties received notification from the Supreme Court of Missouri - Office of State Courts Administrator of the funding for his judicial circuit.

This most recent grant award will continue funding the Supervision Not Detention Program, which was crafted by the local juvenile office in 2012. Chief Deputy Juvenile Officer Tim Carl submitted the grant proposal in order to seek salary assistance with the program and to develop an electronic ankle monitoring program.

"It is the goal of our office to maximize each dollar we are allotted for supervising juveniles within our jurisdiction. Utilizing electronics available in today's market place will ultimately save hundreds of dollars of taxpayer money." said Chief Juvenile Officer Erica Cox.

The funds available to the local office will also allow the juvenile office to support the salaries of an assistant to Brad Binning, the director of the juvenile monitoring program, known locally as the JAMs Program. Binning also serves as the Sedalia 200 School District substitute teacher for the children assigned to the program.

Herb Conner. of the Office of State Courts Administrator, announced the contract period will be from Aug. 1, 2013 to June 30,2014.

This marks the third consecutive grant award to the Pettis County office.

This press release was provided by the Pettis County Juvenile Office.