… Muncie−Delaware County Chamber of Commerce also honored several people and organizations active in the community’s economy during its 128th annual meeting Thursday night.

The Excellence in Public Service Award was presented to John Bush, Delaware County Adult Probation officer, for his work in helping develop the JUMP program. The Judicial Users Manufacturing Partnership or JUMP is a six-month program for nonviolent offenders who have recently been released from jail.

The program aims to break the cycle of offenders returning to jail by finding work. Through the program, the workers land a productive job while the employer’s, facing a labor shortage, can fill a needed position.

See this September article in the Star “JUMP fills labor need while steering former offenders away from crime” for more information about the program