The fuss about so many being jailed that they overflow the local cells and may cost more than $250,000 dollars makes me wonder why the County Board isn’t studying whether so many need jail for so long.
Could citations requiring appearance be used more frequently or, if not, can’t some be released on a lower bond or to a house arrest? Couldn’t the County Attorney request shorter sentences or probation for more of the convicted?
An investment in more diversion courts, like Drug Court, drug & alcohol rehab, or mental illness treatment may be far cheaper than renting space or pushing taxpayers into building a new jail, especially with the Beatrice Six judgment facing property owners. Why are the Supervisors spending - instead of saving?
Tom Dorsch, Beatrice