Ohio Eyes Work-Release Model

POMEROY, Ohio — A voluntary work release facility modeled after one in Arizona could be the solution for overcrowded jails in Meigs County, Ohio, and would possibly generate revenue for its operation.

County Judge Fred W. Crow III pledged $500,000 from his court budget if all agencies involved in developing such a facility pledge cooperation. The county now spends nearly $500,000 annually to house prisoners in jails outside the county, either because the county jail is overcrowded or other circumstances.

Those who choose to participate in the program, in place of a jail sentence, would be required to pay for its costs, and revenue should pay for the additional staff that would be needed.