The amount of Edmonson County prison inmates is decreasing thanks to new sentencing practices.
The price for their prisoners to reside in the Hart County Jail went from $24 a day to $40 a day not too long ago—forcing the county to re-think their sentencing.
Sheriff Shane Doyle says his department, the county attorney, and the judge executive have been carefully deciphering who should be eligible for alternatives to jail time, such as home incarceration or community service for non-violent offenders.
Sheriff Doyle says a year ago they had nearly forty inmates at all times and now its half that, but all parties in the county must work together to ensure cost effectiveness and most importantly, public safety,
“We don’t hold all the keys and sometimes people get out that we don’t think should get out, but it’s a compromise, it really is. We’re trying to understand the fiscal side of things—the financial side of things, and they’re trying to understand the public safety side of things for us and making sure the people that don’t need to get out, don’t get out, and the ones that can turn around and be a productive member of society and provide for their family and their self—you know, we want to give them the opportunity to do that too.”