Jail closed, but still costing taxpayers lots of tax money
by Alan Reed
Feb 06, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Faced with double of the number of inmates lodged in the Christian County Jail than budgeted for in 2007, Trigg County officials have examined the existing budget to save costs and prepare for Fiscal Year 2008. The Cadiz Record spoke with Judge/Executive Stan Humphries, Budget Committee Chair and Magistrate Doug Taylor and Jailer James Hughes about the budget process on February 1.

“We are faced with having the budget approved by March 1 and want to try to be ready with it by the second court session on February 19,” said Humphries. “We have a budget meeting that night and want to see what we can do to be creative with it but still be within the duties and confines of the law while being good stewards of the county’s money.”

Hughes noted that while the county inmate population in Christian County has doubled from this period last year, his office faces extra trips per day with added arrests, meaning extra costs in manpower and fuel. “We’re paying the same rate, just have more people to transport.”

According to Taylor, Trigg County is not alone with increased inmate populations compounded with lodging expenses during a slow judicial process. He noted that the county must pay inmate expenses until inmates are convicted of felony crimes. At that point, the state assumes the cost of housing prisoners.

“We’ve met as a group with other individuals, governments, law enforcement agencies and representatives of the legal system about inmate costs,” said Taylor. “People are in similar situations and we have picked their brains and have picked ours so we can task force some of the other ideas.” He added that the county seeks competitive cost estimates from other counties with jails to lodge prisoners.

“We have not talked to all the parties involved yet, but we won’t refuse business,” added Humphries. “We’ve had some new opportunities brought to our attention, but are still seeking the best deal for county money.”

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