Jail Forced to Reduce Community Service Program

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HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) — County officials say the community service program at a western Kentucky jail has been severely reduced due to a new state law.

Officials say there used to be plenty of low-risk inmates that were allowed to help out 20 local agencies with jobs such as mowing grass and watering flowers.

Henderson County Judge-Executive Hugh McCormick told The Gleaner that a state law that allows certain inmates to be released months earlier than their original sentencing has led to a shortage in the number of inmates that qualify to participate in the community service program.

He says last year there were 122 inmates eligible to serve in the program. This year there are 22.

He says jail officials have told several organizations that inmates are no longer available to help.

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