Build a misdemeanor jail

In Sunday's paper was the story "In jail and out again." The article dealt with the problem Erie County has with jail overcrowding.
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

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.

Matt Miller

Sandusky