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Work-release planned to avoid jail overcrowding

ANDERSON – Madison County officials plan to begin a work-release program for women to try to help reduce jail overcrowding, which is costing the county about $100,000 a month to house inmates at other jails.

The Herald Bulletin reports the county tried unsuccessfully twice before, in the late 1990s and again in the early 2000s, to create a women’s work-release program. With the number of female offenders rising dramatically, county officials said they were ready to give creating a women’s program another attempt.

County Council voted last week to purchase two buildings at the Juvenile Justice Center, which houses nonviolent misdemeanor offenders. In January, the council approved spending $30,500 to expand the Community Justice Center by 23 beds to help improve the situation, and hiring additional deputy prosecutors.