Early Release for Prisoners Hit County Finances

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ERLANGER, Ky. (AP)-- A state law requiring jails to release some state inmates early is hurting finances in some counties.

The impact has been especially strong in the northern Kentucky counties of Kenton and Campbell because they have more inmates eligible for early release than Boone County.

Kenton County Jailer Terry Carl says fewer inmates mean there aren't as many inmates eligible for work release. The inmates typically do jobs such as pick up roadside litter, mow grass in parks, paint public buildings and clean up after events.

The state law mandating early releases went into effect in 2012. He estimates that the work crews saved the county about $900,000 annually in labor costs.

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