Jail funding to be considered

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature will once again consider additional funding for the transport of inmates to other county facilities.

Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd has requested $250,000 from the appropriated fund balance to cover expenses for the remainder of the year.

Todd said if the current inmate level remains steady, the amount requested should cover expenses through the end of the year.

Last month, the legislature denied a request for an additional $900,000 and instead allowed a transfer of $400,000.

The thinking of the legislature is that the more requests Todd must make, the more public awareness that is shed on the jail overcrowding problem.

The state requires county jails to house state prison parolees who are re-arrested. However, the state doesn’t pay the counties for doing that, Todd told the legislators earlier this spring when the legislature voted to approve $200,000 for the sheriff’s office for the same problem.

As the jail population swells, so do the medical expenses and Todd is asking for an additional $80,000 to cover the remainder of the year.

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