In Sunday's paper was the story "In jail and out again." The article dealt with the problem Erie County has with jail overcrowding. Though various solutions are discussed, I feel that the most logical choice would be a misdemeanor jail.
According to the article, there are already 416 indictments this year. It is a very real possibility that the number of indictments for 2007 could quite easily surpass the total of 2006: 684. Building a misdemeanor jail would help solve the problem of releasing criminals before their sentences are served. Even though the construction of such a facility could raise taxes (that is if a grant is not given) I feel that it would be for the better. I find it very difficult, if not impossible, to put a price on a human life. What if an intoxicated person was unable to be kept in jail until his condition improved? There would be a possibility that said person could cause harm to others.
Regardless of the fact that citizens would have to pay more money for a misdemeanor jail facility, or the other discussed solution of an alternative sentencing facility, one or the other should be built. It would simply keep our area safer.