(Cincinnati, Oh.) - The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is asking for money in order to expand its home arrest program.
During a meeting Monday, Sheriff's Major Charmaine McGuffey told Hamilton County Commissioners the sheriff’s office needs about $546,000 for staff and home monitoring equipment, WCPO-TV reports. Commissioners were receptive to the idea, but did not hold a vote.
The expanded home arrest program is part of first-term Sheriff Jim Neil’s plan to stop the so called “revolving door” policy of releasing prisoners from the county jail before their term is up in order to save money. The department, however, is still $4 million over budget.
Neil said his department is undergoing an in-depth audit, which could be completed in the next few months. The sheriff hopes to find ways to make the department more efficient and effective.
The Hamilton County Jail has a population limit of 1,240.