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ACLU
5:38 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

ACLU report critical of Hamilton County jail fees

The Hamilton County Justice Center
Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU

A new report from the ACLU says pay-to-stay jail fees are not the revenue generator they appear to be. The American Civil Liberties Union studied such programs at three jails, including the Hamilton County jail. During a news conference Wednesday, the ACLU said collections agencies often pose an additional financial drain on counties, with minimal results and often ruin the credit rating of people who have left jail but cannot afford to pay these fees.

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Hamilton County Jail
12:48 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Sheriff's office wants more staff to keep up with higher jail populations

Major Charmaine McGuffey of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department explains how the jail is putting an end to the "revolving door."
Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

The Hamilton County Sheriff's office is asking for extra staff to keep up with the added work now that "revolving door" at the jail is closed.

Major Charmaine McGuffey wants three additional officers to handle increased record keeping. She's asking for two officers with a base pay of $37,000 and one at $42,000 (not including benefits).

The department also wants to purchase 215 additional electronic monitoring units and add two staff to operate them. The total price tag for that would be around $546,126.

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Hamilton County Sheriff
11:26 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Follow tweets from the Hamilton County Commission meeting about how sheriff preventing early release