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Day-reporting is cheaper than jail

By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany's mayor says a day reporting center to ease the cost of housing inmates is vital to the community.

City commissioners talked about the proposal Tuesday. They say taxpayers pay almost $40 a day to house an inmate at the Dougherty County Jail. It would cost $16 a day for them to get treatment and intensive supervision at a day reporting center.

City leaders are working on a proposal and hope to split the cost with the county.

"We think it is something Dougherty County, and quite honestly many other circuits, could use. In Georgia it's been proven to be a valuable tool for us and the community is tacking our substance abuse issues across Georgia," said Probation Operations Director Stanley Cooper.

 Currently there are 13 day reporting centers in Georgia. The closest to Albany are in Thomasville and Tifton.


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