Commissioners announce new plan to decrease CCNO crowding

File photo of a jail cell.

A vote will be held during a special meeting of the Lucas County Commissioners that will allegedly save taxpayers more than $3 million annually.

Board members of the commissioners have agreed with county and municipal courts on a new reform effort, utilizing funds from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge Implementation Grant. Commissioners say the new policy will be the first of its kind, allowing sentenced individuals with the lowest risk to recidivate to be released with electronic monitoring at all times.

Commissioners say the risk-based administrative release policy will safely reduce the sentenced population at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio by thirty percent. They also say taxpayers will save roughly $3.3 million a year with the release policy.

Commissioners are expected to take a vote on the matter Wednesday afternoon.

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