HUNTINGTON, WV -- Cabell County’s commissioners, sheriff and prosecutor shared several cost-saving ideas Thursday that they hope can help control the county’s regional jail expenses.
However, all three offices are effectively on the clock to draft a solution into the form of a written grant by mid- to late March. That’s when the county needs to complete its application for the state’s community corrections grant.
The state’s community corrections initiative offers judges sentencing alternatives aimed at keeping non-violent prisoners out of jail, while reducing each county’s regional jail bill.
"There are people who need to be in jail, there is no question," said Cabell County Sheriff Kim Wolfe. "But there are people that are non-violent that could be out there working their own sentence off and wouldn’t be costing the taxpayers money for them to sit up there for $48 a day."