Managing a County's Jail Population: Part II

J. Steven Smith, Taylor University
Stephen J. Brodt, Ball State University

ABSTRACT
MANAGING LOCAL JAIL POPULATIONS IS A MAJOR PROBLEM FOR MANY COUNTY OFFICIALS WHO MUST BALANCE THE NEED FOR JAIL SPACE WITH THE COSTS OF INCARCERATION. THIS PAPER REPORTS ON THE AFTERMATH OF EFFORTS BY A SUBURBAN MIDWESTERN COUNTY TO CONTROL THE USE OF ITS JAIL THROUGH A JAIL POPULATION MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. INCREASES IN JAIL COMMITMENTS HAVE FOLLOWED THE COMMITTEE'SDEACTIVATION. THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS SITUATION FOR LOCAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS AND THEIR CONSTITUENCIES ARE DISCUSSED.

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Updated 05/20/2006