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Commissioners consider day-reporting instead of jail

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   Dougherty County Commissioners want 200 inmates from full time jail to day reporting only.

The jail has nearly one thousand people locked up. Most county commissioners want to open the county's own day-reporting center to ease the cost.

Commissioners say that the old Farmer's Furniture building on East Oglethorpe is the top choice to house the day reporting center, if they open one in Dougherty County.

A building at Lee State Prison is also being considered to use for probationers from Lee and Dougherty County, but some commissioners think the best idea is for Dougherty County to have its own.

"We build it up there we might come out short on the stock. Because we might not be able to put as many people as we want to in the program, and save the amount of money that is a possibility of us saving," said Commissioner Jack Stone.

Right now it costs Dougherty County $47.00 a day to house an inmate in the jail. Sheriff's officials hope that they could reduce that population by about 200 inmates, by having them report to day centers everyday, where they will spend most of the day and be checked for drug usage.

The estimated cost for the report center would be about $7.00 per day.

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