You may not care much about the conditions for inmates in the Sedgwick County Jail, but crowded conditions can lead to problems. For one thing, it’s expensive to keep people locked up.
Some good news recently from County Manager Bill Buchanan: the average daily jail population was down for the first 11 months of last year, compared with January through November of 2009: from 1,649 to 1,567 … 82 inmates. The number of days inmates stayed behind bars was down … from 17.4 days to 16 days.
Buchanan’s report shows more people are using alternative programs such as day reporting and pretrial services.
These smaller numbers may not seem like much to you, but I think they are significant. They are the result of many people working on the problem of jail crowding, being creative and not merely recommending a bigger facility. Their efforts will save money for the taxpayers of Sedgwick County, without damaging public safety.
Our thought for today is from Malcolm Forbes:
“It’s so much easier to suggest solutions when you don’t know too much about the problem.”