Weeks earlier than his final day on the job, Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney desires to erase practically $150,000 in excellent court docket charges and fines accrued by county jail inmates.
These housed within the Dane County Jail can go into debt through the use of one other particular person’s telephone minutes, owing medical copays or not paying digital monitoring charges.
“It’s the appropriate factor to do as a society as we’re combating so many challenges of the felony justice system, attempting to present folks some foot up, if you’ll, and a brand new starting,” Mahoney mentioned.
Mahoney mentioned eradicating the debt may give folks in jail who owe cash peace of thoughts by eradicating the monetary burden.
It may additionally assist members of the family who financially assist family members in jail for issues like making telephone calls or buying commissary objects. If an individual in jail owes cash, the sheriff’s workplace takes a portion of any funds which can be given to them to pay again the charges.
On Tuesday, the Public Safety & Judiciary Committee unanimously really helpful a resolution authorizing the instant elimination of debt for charges and fines totaling $149,828. Mahoney isn’t forgiving charges incurred by those that have broken county property.