Mineral County has been financially impacted by the cost of housing inmates at the Potomac Highland Regional Jail in Augusta, WV. The daily cost to house an inmate is $48.50. During 2004 and 2005, the average monthly jail bill for Mineral County was $34,000. The judicial system needed to find an alternative to incarceration. In September 2006, Mineral County Commissioner's hired Tara Hockaday to develop a Community Corrections Program. This was helped financially by a $25,000 grant from the West Virginia Attorney General's Office and a $15,000 grant from the West Virginia Division of Criminal Justice Services. The main purpose of the Community Corrections Program is to develop a program of counseling and instruction that addresses the participants needs while at the same time be allowed to give back to the community by performing community service.
The Community Corrections Program consists of a Day Reporting Center and Community Service Program. Non-violent offenders are sentenced to the Day Report Center as an alternative to incarceration. Client's will attend counseling, educational classes, and AA/NA meetings. All clients are required to do community service each week. A benefit of the Day Report Center is that client's are able to work and provide for their families and address issues they have through treatment.