It has now been more than a year since McLean County had to send a jail inmate to another facility because of overcrowding. Sheriff Mike Emery says that's a very satisfying step in a journey that began in 2008 when McLean County spent more than $700,000 on outplacement of inmates.
Emery says if a prisoner is not a threat to the public, other alternatives, including electronic monitoring, make more sense. The Sheriff says the new approach begain in 2009 when he initiated a study of the county jail, and it's inmates, with the National Instutute of Corrections.
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