Law Enforcement Officials Want Corrections Commissioner to Reverse Decision

Sheriffs, County officials and others want Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher to reverse his decision to close a program that sends some inmates to county jails.
Local government says they depend on the free labor from inmates and could have to raise taxes to replace it. Fisher plans to close the programs August 1st, saying it would save the state money and ease his concerns about how some sheriff’s run their jails.
Fisher has offered to let inmates remain in the county facilities, on condition that the state no longer pays $20 a day per inmate to counties. Sheriffs say they can’t afford those costs, in part because some counties borrowed money to build jails for the state inmates.

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