Jail Diversion considered successful
Rock County's Jail Diversion Programs may be attracting national attention.
Rock County Sheriff Bob Spoden says USA Today is planning on doing a feature article on methods to relieve jail overcrowding. Spoden says Jail Diversion Programs like electronic monitoring have reduced the inmate population by almost 100 prisoners. The impact on the jail is so significant, the county board Thursday night approved a plan to use money currently spent on housing jail inmates out of the county, to hire an additional deputy sheriff and corrections officer. Spoden says the programs have allowed enough breathing room to work towards the goal of housing all of Rock County's inmates locally.
The newest diversion program is set to being in two weeks. It's called the "Workenders" program. Inmates who can't pay their fines, are allowed to remain free during the week, and perform public service projects on the weekends.