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Craig to be Limestone's director of corrections

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — A man with more than 18 years experience as a judge is taking over as Limestone County's community corrections director.

George Craig, who lost re-election in 2004 for Circuit Court judge for the county, is the new director.

Craig is replacing Thurman McCormick, who agreed to work as an interim director to help the county start the program. The county received a one-time grant of $74,400 in 2006 to implement community corrections.

Craig said the program gives judges and the district attorney's office alternatives to prison.

"We have a limited amount of taxpayer money to build prisons," Craig said Monday, after the county commission approved hiring him. "Prisons need to hold those who are a danger to society."

Through community corrections, non-violent offenders pay to participate in programs such as ankle monitoring, drug rehabilitation and domestic violence prevention.

The offenders also work to make restitution or pay child support while under supervision.

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