|State Law Change to Reduce Jail Revenues|
Jailer Brad Boyd speaks to Christian Fiscal Court/photo by Adam May
Christian County Jailer Brad Boyd says it won’t be long before his facility sees the effects of Kentucky House Bill 463, which passed during this year’s session.
The penal code reform sponsored by State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville was designed to rehabilitate first time possession drug offenders outside of jail and to implement sometimes harsher penalties to traffickers and violent offenders.
Boyd says 688 county jail inmates from across Kentucky and approximately 300 in state prisons will be set free January 3rd due to the bill, with the Christian County Jail losing approximately 30.
Boyd says that means a loss of about 942 dollars a day in revenues for holding state inmates and a little over $28,000 a year.
The Jailer said Christian County would have likely taken a bigger hit, had it not featured one of the better lockup drug rehabilitation programs in Kentucky.