For the first time in years, the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office will now oversee the County’s home confinement program.
The Ohio County Commission voted to allow the Ohio County Sheriff’s office to take over the program. The president of the County Commission, Tim McCormick, said the new leadership would benefit the community in several ways.
For years the house arrest program was controlled by the Northern Panhandle Community Criminal Justice Board. After some disagreements about money owed between Ohio county and the jail board the county decided to take matters into their own hands. The new plans include adding more man power for random checks on the individuals on house arrest.
The new leadership will also save taxpayer money cutting out jail board fees, “For one thing it will save us money, number two we will be able to monitor the home confinement folks with our people,” said Ohio County Commission President, Tim McCormick.
“One thing that I will concern myself with beginning February 1st is the people that owe money do pay their fair share,” said Sheriff Pat Butler.
McCormick said the county knows a lot of people have slid under the radar claiming indigence. The county said they will provide new equipment, to monitor these types of cases more thoroughly.
Two retired Ohio County deputies are set to head up the program beginning on February 1st.