Give Sheriff Terry Lyons credit for trying to save Erie County some cash.
Lyons wants to furlough Timothy Thayer from the county jail while he's being treated for serious injuries he suffered after jumping from a second-story walkway at the jail and landing on his head. The rationale is, if Thayer is not in county custody, the county is not responsible for his medical expenses.
Because there is always someone to argue you're not responsible for your own actions (but the nearest guy with more money is), Lyons' idea probably won't work.
The legal argument against Lyons' idea will undoubtedly be, he waited too long to seek the furlough -- and Thayer was in county custody when he climbed on the catwalk railing -- where he was alone, according to the video the sheriff's office released to the Register -- and jumped, to all appearances quite deliberately.
The legal tangle will probably mean Lyons' effort will be more trouble than it's worth -- but anyone who pays taxes to Erie County ought to be glad he made the effort.