Friday, June 5, 2009

Jails Opening, Jails Closing: There Has To Be A Regional Solution

Today's headlines are all about jails. One's being built (Kenton County). Others are underutilized or are now sitting empty (Butler County). Other places, like Hamilton County, are running short on jailspace. Campbell County is looking to rent space to others.

I've had the discussion before, but like other government "services," some mechanism for sharing jailspace and jail capacity among all these regional entities has to be part of the long-term solution. From a 30,000-foot level, the current situation just doesn't make sense. And the taxpayer is paying for it all.

I will pursue this further and keep you posted.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A multi-county jail would take the oversight out of the control of the Sheriff and significantly reduce operational costs.

However, I like the courts having to figure out what criminal offenders truely present a risk the community, and which ones are better punished within the community.

If we feed the industrial prison complex - we will fill it one way or another. That would be a huge mistake

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