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County prosecutor explains 11 billboards

The Elkhart County Prosecutor's office placed 11 billboards throughout the county to promote its redesigned website.
Posted on April 4, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 5, 2013 at 12:05 a.m.

ELKHART — The Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office placed 11 billboards throughout county to promote its redesigned website, which officially launched this week on Monday, April 1.

Curtis Hill, Elkhart County Prosecutor, said the placement of the billboards cost about $7,700, and the money to pay for the posters came from his office’s alternative justice programs, as well as seized criminal assets and forfeiture funds.

The alternative justice programs include the misdemeanor diversion, bad checks and infraction deferral programs, which are determined on a case-to-case basis by a deputy prosecutor or a program coordinator.

The billboards were placed on heavily-traveled roads throughout the county in Goshen, Elkhart, Bristol, Middlebury and Wakarusa, Hill said.

The website was redesigned by LightSky Design Studio, a company based in Goshen that has worked with the prosecutor’s office in the last few years. This company has been giving support and maintenance to the website as well.

The idea behind the redevelopment of the website was to make more resources available to the public. The site works as a portal to sites like Odyssey, Indiana’s case management system for courts and clerks.

“The ability to allow the public to access Odyssey is no small thing,” said Hill.

The community will also have easier access to forms in areas such as child support. A few links at the bottom of the website send users to the prosecutor’s office’s Twitter, Facebook and Youtube accounts. The prosecutor’s office created a Twitter and Facebook account a few months ago, where it has shared past press releases. The Youtube account will show video from press conferences for anyone interested, Hill said.

Another new area added to the site is a children’s section, which has educational resources for teachers and families.

“I think it’s imperative to always evaluate if there is a better, smarter way to move forward,” said Hill about the idea behind redesigning the website.

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