TUCSON, Ariz. — Large adjustments are already underway on the Pima County jail after Sheriff Chris Nanos took over firstly of the 12 months.
The primary large change was the tip of a 12 months’s lengthy work-release program. Now, Sheriff Nanos is pushing for extra ankle displays to maintain the spirit of that program alive.
Sheriff Nanos stated it prices $127 per day to maintain an inmate in jail. Comparatively, it prices about $11 per day to have somebody monitored by way of an ankle bracelet.
He says each applications accomplish the identical objective; punishing individuals who break the regulation with out negatively affecting their households.
“We do not wish to see you lose your job since you’ve completed one thing you should not have completed,” Nanos stated. “We wish you to be held accountable however we additionally wish to ensure that your loved ones and you are not an even bigger burden.”
Sheriff Nanos stated ankle bracelets additionally give an added layer of safety to the method as a result of a deputy can ensure that the inmates are the place they’re alleged to be always.
“If I launch you within the morning and have you ever come again each night the place’s the safety in that?” Nanos stated. “I haven’t got the flexibility to comply with you to work each day — 200 inmates who’re a part of our work-release program.”
That is all half of a bigger push to maintain non-violent offenders out of jails.
“Low stage non-violent misdemeanors that we will monitor in a safer and extra economical method, then why would not we try this?” Nanos stated.
Sheriff Nanos stated he is additionally working with Pima County well being officers to deal with the underlying causes of minor crimes resembling psychological well being or habit points.
And he is working inside his personal division to verify all their assets are getting used as properly as potential.
That features an in depth research on when and the place hiring shall be only.
“It is actually nearly discovering a technique to be higher and extra environment friendly in the way in which we do our jobs, taking a look at issues in a special gentle and discovering these options,” Nanos stated.
Sheriff Nanos stated hiring is on the horizon for the division after that research has been accomplished.