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.


WBKO.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 212907681